Twice in these few verses, Jesus says that the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He knew what another young man came to know and express in a letter written home to his mother during World War I from somewhere in France. He wrote, "Life is not the highest boon of existence. There are ideals that are superhuman, interests greater than life itself, for which it is worthwhile fighting, suffering and dying."
How fortunate for us that Jesus considers us as his "interests greater than life itself," and that he thought it worth "fighting, suffering, and dying" for us.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.