Sunday Devotional: ‘I am the good shepherd’

John 10:7-11

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate.
Whoever enters through me will be saved,
and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

On Christmas Day, December 25, 2016, my pastor began his homily by asking the question pondered by so many learned and brilliant theologians through the centuries:

Why did God become man, to be incarnated as a lowly human being born in a humble manger, only to suffer and die for us?

Below is my reconstruction of his homily.

The Parable of the Farmer and the Geese

There once was a farmer who, though a decent man, was an unbeliever because he could not understand why God would become man, only to be crucified to death, abandoned by his friends.

The farmer loved all animals, but especially loved birds.

One morning, news came of the imminent arrival of a terrible snow storm. Anxious to protect his flock of geese from the coming blizzard, the farmer put his heavy coat on and went out to get the geese into the shelter and safety of the barn.

He first tried coaxing the geese, gently shooing them into the barn. But the geese, being geese, refused to be coaxed.

He then tried luring the geese into the barn. He got a bag of grain and left a trail of seed from the outside into the barn. The geese ate the seed but stubbornly refused to enter the barn.

Meanwhile, the wind began to howl, and heavy snow began to fall . . . .

Now desperate, the farmer thought he would try scaring the geese. So he took a hammer and banged on a metal pan, so that the loud noise would frighten the geese into the barn. But the geese again refused to budge.

So the farmer gave up and retreated into his house.

In the warmth of his living room, he stood helplessly at the window, watching the blizzard descend on the geese. He knew they would surely die in the freezing storm.

In despair, a thought came to the farmer: “If only I could become a goose, then maybe the geese might listen to me and follow me into the barn . . . .”

At that, the farmer finally understood.

Falling on his knees, sobbing and choking with tears, he said: “Forgive me, Lord. I know now why You became man.”

1 Peter 2:24-25

By his wounds you have been healed.
For you had gone astray like sheep,
but you have now returned
to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

May the peace and joy of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


10 responses to “Sunday Devotional: ‘I am the good shepherd’

  1. Pingback: KOMMONSENTSJANE – Sunday Devotional: ‘I am the good shepherd’ — Fellowship of the Minds | kommonsentsjane

  2. I start my Internet day by coming here, and today found this message, which reduced me to quiet weeping. Certain animals are my totem spirit, and these are the goose and the otter. It’s true that when we really care for the animals most dear to us we will do anything to save them. Even ‘mere humanity’, as Chesterton put it. (

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  4. ManCavePatriot

    John 3:16 is not just idle chatter. We must go back to Genesis 3:15 when God prophesied about how He would overcome the evil that entered the world through disobedience. Then we look at I Samuel 17: 23,51,54 which tells us about David’s triumph over Goliath in the field of battle and how he beheaded Goliath and took his trophy to Jerusalem and buried it. And we follow this line through Psalm 8 and 144:10-11. Finally, we read Matt. 27:33 which describes the place of Christ’s crucifixion, Golgatha [Goliath of Gath/Place of the skull] where God’s prophetic Word from Genesis 3:15 is fulfilled. The Word of God is the Will of God, Amen.

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  5. The Honk Of The Leader –
    It can be observed that the geese fly in a characteristic “V” pattern with the front goose posing as the leader. Not only does this lead goose dictate the direction of the flock but he also “cuts” the wind. The geese behind him actually draft from his lead thereby conserving energy for their long flight. After some time the leader tires of the burden of cutting the wind, not to mention leading the flock. At this time the leader fades back into the V formation and assumes a follower role only to be replaced by a new leader. The new leader has reserved energy because of conserving energy during their flight. This is where the honking comes in!

    Scientists have found the reason that the geese honk during flight is to support and encourage their present leader. It seems that these migratory birds understand how important it is to support their leader. They innately know how important it is to provide feedback to the leader as if to say “keep going, you are doing fine”. The flock’s encouragement through their honking actually sustains the leader until that leader is replaced with a fresh leader. Perhaps another innate reason they support their leader is because they know that they will be the leader soon enough and they will also need encouragement. Soon enough, they too, will move up from a “honker” to the leader and this cycle repeats itself many times over during their bi-annual flights.

    Maybe these geese understand the dynamics of leadership enough for us to emulate. It can be difficult and very trying to lead others and feedback can be very important. Leaders need to know how things are going and if they are doing well. That is why leaders need to be in touch with their employees and communicate with them. Without this feedback the leader may look behind them one day and find there are no followers.
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  6. beautiful and poignant story Dr. Eowyn….and the Lord’s message always shines truth.

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  7. Belated TY.

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