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21 April 2013

Sermon: Easter 4 C (Epistle)

Good Shepherd Sunday
21 April AD 2013

Title: The Lamb Is My Shepherd (MP3 Audio)

Lamb Triumphant Summary: As God paints the biblical picture of our salvation, His images often turn our own notions upside-down and inside-out. The deaf hear, the blind see, the lame walk, and the dead rise to life. Victims become victors — and God’s perfect sacrificial Victim, His only Son, becomes the leader of the Church, those redeemed by His blood.

Today we see the image of the humble Lamb who obediently followed His Father’s will leading, guarding, and guiding the flock of saints purchased by His sacrifice. The One who humbled Himself is exalted above the heavens. The One who was slain lives forevermore. The One who was led to the slaughter now leads us to life everlasting. The Lamb is our Shepherd!

Text: After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”

I said to him, “Sir, you know.”

And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

The Good Shepherd “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.

“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:9-17

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of The Lamb Is My Shepherd.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 23; Acts 20:17-35; John 10:22-30

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