The Good Shepherd is one of my favorite names of Jesus. One who will take care of you. One who is good! We all need a little more good in this world, and that is what Jesus brings. It is one of the few names that Jesus gives to himself, so it must be important.  Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) The good shepherd came to seek and find the lost. Jesus gave us an example of this through his parable of the lost sheep, mentioned in Luke 15. A good shepherd will leave the 99 sheep to find the one that is lost. When he has […]
“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  (John 1:29) What a bold statement! John the Baptist made this statement when he saw Jesus coming toward him. The word “Behold” in Biblical times was a strong word meaning “Wow, Look, don’t miss this!” And it was certainly bold to declare someone as one who “takes away the sin of the world.” Not just for a righteous few, or just for the Jews, but for the world – sins wiped clean, forgotten. Grace for all. A lamb would also have special meaning to the Jews. Each year an unblemished lamb was sacrificed during Passover, as a remembrance when God had provided a lamb to Abraham for […]
The Apostle Paul describes Jesus as the unspeakable or indescribable gift in one of his letters: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15 It is indescribable because there is no other gift as perfect or as valuable as the sacrifice of God’s perfect son for our sins. It is a gift from God and a gift of Grace. It is not given away by law or deeds, it is purely Divine. This gift is available to anyone and everyone who wants it, but a gift cannot be forced on the recipient, it must be accepted. It is given with no strings attached. It is simply… a gift. The tradition of giving presents at Christmas time comes […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her stories of life, hope, and everyday faith show how we can experience real faith in our daily lives.