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<< Monday, May 7, 2001 >>
 
Acts 11:1-18
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Psalm 42 John 10:1-10
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THE "DIED-FOR"

 
"He walks in front of them, and the sheep follow Him." —John 10:4
 

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, came that we "might have life more abundantly" (see Jn 10:10, RNAB). Paradoxically, life is given through death (see Jn 12:24). To give life to His sheep, Jesus the Good Shepherd laid down His life for His sheep (Jn 10:11, 15, 17). "There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life" (Jn 15:13). "It is rare that anyone should lay down his life for a just man, though it is barely possible that for a good man someone may have the courage to die. It is precisely in this that God proves His love for us: that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rm 5:7-8).

We, the "died-for," can't help but ask the question: "How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me?" (Ps 116:12) "He died for all so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for Him Who for their sakes died and was raised up" (2 Cor 5:15). Lay down your life in love for the crucified and risen Jesus.

 
Prayer: Jesus, You gave Your life for me. I give my life for You.
Promise: "As I began to address them the Holy Spirit came upon them, just as It had upon us at the beginning." —Acts 11:15
Praise: Passing by a crucifix in her home, Lee frequently kisses the feet of Jesus in love and gratitude.
 
(For related teaching, order our leaflet, Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God or our audio tape AV 43-1 or video V-43.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, December 9, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 12, 2000
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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