Bishop Ariel Cornelio P. Santos
I will confess that the message of the gospel today is first and foremost for me. I need to hear this as much maybe more than you do. In God’s word to Jeremiah, He showed His heart for His sheep. He is the Good Shepherd and He lays down His life for His sheep. Before Jesus ascended, He told Peter three times, “If you love Me, tend My sheep, feed My lamb, shepherd My flock.” Jesus was patient with His disciples to tell them, “How long will I be with you?” He wasn’t thinking of going to back to the glory of His Father, but thinking of His flock. He was thinking whether they would be taken care of. His heart was for them. Jesus was not thinking of sitting at the right hand of His Father. He was not thinking of Himself, His needs, His privileges, His rights, and this is Jesus. He always put the needs of others first before Himself.