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When the Savior declares that He is the Good Shepherd and that He lays down His life for the sheep, He was not engaging in flowery rhetoric. On the contrary, "‚Ä¶as he was made man on our account, and as the Father delighted in him, in order that he might reconcile us to himself, we need not wonder if he declares it to be the reason why the Father loveth him, that our salvation is dearer to him than his own life. This is a wonderful commendation of the goodness of God to us, and ought justly to arouse our whole souls into rapturous admiration, that not only does God extend to us the love which is due to the only-begotten Son, but he refers it to us as the final cause. And indeed, there was no necessity that Christ should take upon him our flesh, in which he was beloved, but that it might be the pledge of the mercy of his Father in redeeming us." (John Calvin) When the Lord reveals this truth to us, He is revealing a condescending love that exceeds our capacity to truly understand. Nevertheless, we are to receive it by faith and glory in the truth that such a shepherd would die for such as we are. ‚Äď Pastor Schlegel