There is nothing more touching, and inspiring, than to hear a heroic story of a person sacrificing themselves for others. It has, unfortunately, become a common story over the last ten years due to the conflict in the Middle East. It seems we are repeatedly hearing about a valiant soldier throwing themselves into harm’s way to save their friends. And every time we hear about the brave actions of these men and women, it causes something to resonate deep inside of us. The reason these stories have a profound effect on us, I believe, is because this story is our story.
At the core of who we are in this fallen world are people who need to be saved. We are POWs desperately in need of rescuing. Whether we recognize it or not, we need a hero. This is what the entire Bible is about. This is what John 10:11 is all about.
In this verse, Jesus pulls no punches. He is not putting up a false humility. He is telling it like it is. He says that we are sheep, and He is the Shepherd. He is saying that we are weak, and He is strong. He is telling us that we need me, and He loves us. In fact, he loves us so much, He will die for us. This should bring tears to our eyes.
Jesus, who was without sin (i.e. good), who had glory beyond our imagination, became a man. Why? Because He was on a mission, a mission to save sinners. Jesus dropped down behind enemy lines, and willfully laid down His life, so that we could have freedom in Him.
Jesus is not just a good teacher. Jesus is not just a historic figure. Jesus is our liberator from sin and death. He breaks the chains of our bondage by the spilling of His blood; His life in exchange for our life. In John 15:13, Jesus says this, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” This love is real love.
The love of Christ is overwhelming. The love of Christ for His sheep is worthy of praise. “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" – Revelation 5:12