April 25

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 5:1-31; Proverbs 2:1-22; Mark 14:27-52

The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11

David kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock (1 Samuel 17:34). Being a good shepherd, and prepared to lay down his life for the snatched lamb, David went after them and slew both the lion and the bear (1 Samuel 17:36). Jesus gave His life for His sheep when He faced off with the lion (Satan, our adversary, 1 Peter 5:8), and then finished off the bear when He cried out, “It is finished” (John 19:30)—His mission of bearing our sins on the cross. Thus, he slew the lion and bear—the Good shepherd had given His life for the sheep! Are you His sheep for whom He died? – K. C. Ung

I gave My life for thee, My precious blood I shed, That thou might
ransomed be, and quickened from the dead. I gave, I gave My life for
thee, what hast thou given for Me? —Frances Ridley Havergal