This is Not the End


Sermon by The Rev. Christopher W. Hogin
Sunday, May 7, 2017

 “The Lord is your shepherd, the Lord will make you lie down in green pastures, one day, beside still waters.” The Rev. Christopher Hogin preaches on brokenness and healing in a comparison of Psalm 22 and 23. May 7, 2017.

The Psalm: Psalm 23 (KJV)

1 The Lord is my shepherd; *
I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; *
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul; *
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
for his Name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; *
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies; *
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The Gospel: John 10:1-10

Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”