In the first reading today from Ezekiel 37, the LORD says through the prophet: “My servant David shall be prince over them, and there shall be one shepherd for them all.” This one shepherd is, of course, Jesus Christ.
In the Gospel reading today from John 11, Caiaphas, the high priest, says to the Sanhedrin, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.” This is when the plot was hatched in earnest to have Jesus killed.
We all know that Jesus died for all. He paid the price for the sins of the world. We must never lose sight of the smaller picture though. Not only did Jesus die for the nation (meaning all people), He died for YOU. And if you were the only person on earth, Jesus would still have paid the ultimate price for you. Have you thanked Him for that lately?
Father, thank you for sending your Son to die for me. May I always show my gratitude for His sacrifice for me. Amen.