Jesus laid down His life for us on the cross, accepting the punishment we deserved for our sins—and then He took it up again!

Scripture: John 10:11-21

ESV Text: John 10:11-21


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 10
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

     19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? 21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 192:
Awake, my Heart, with Gladness

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Awake, my heart, with gladness, 
See what today is done, 
Now after gloom and sadness 
Comes forth the glorious Sun! 
My Savior there was laid 
Where our bed must be made 
When to the realms of light 
Our spirit wings its flight. 

2. The Foe in triumph shouted 
When Christ lay in the tomb, 
But, lo, he now is routed, 
His boast is turned to gloom. 
For Christ again is free; 
In glorious victory 
He who is strong to save 
Has triumphed o’er the grave. 

3. This is a sight that gladdens; 
What peace it doth impart! 
Now nothing ever saddens 
The joy within my heart; 
No gloom shall ever shake, 
No foe shall ever take, 
The hope which God’s own Son 
In love for me hath won. 

4. Now hell, its prince, the devil, 
Of all their power are shorn; 
Now I am safe from evil, 
And sin I laugh to scorn. 
Grim death with all his might 
Cannot my soul affright; 
He is a powerless form, 
Howe’er he rave and storm. 

5. The world against me rageth, 
Its fury I disdain; 
Though bitter war it wageth, 
Its work is all in vain. 
My heart from care is free, 
No trouble troubles me. 
Misfortune now is play, 
And night is bright as day. 

6. Now I will cling forever 
To Christ, my Savior true; 
My Lord will leave me never, 
Whate’er He passes through. 
He rends Death’s iron chain, 
He breaks through sin and pain, 
He shatters hell’s dark thrall,- 
I follow through it all. 

7. To halls of heavenly splendor 
With Him I penetrate; 
And trouble ne’er may hinder 
Nor make me hesitate. 
Let tempests rage at will, 
My Savior shields me still; 
He grants abiding peace 
And bids all tumult cease. 

8. He brings me to the portal 
That leads to bliss untold 
Whereon this rime immortal 
Is found in script of gold: 
“Who there My cross hath shared 
Finds here a crown prepared; 
Who there with Me has died 
Shall here be glorified.” 


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