Life is constantly under attack by evil. Evil tries to kill everything; familes, marriages, faith, hopes, & dreams. It even tried to kill life itself at one point. When Jesus’ friend Lazarus died, Jesus went to his grave, not only to raise him from the dead, but to show us that Jesus himself is the resurrection and the life. Resurrection is more than just a future event; it is the very person of Jesus himself. So, however you have experienced death, in the physical death of a loved one, in your marriage, in a relationship, in your faith, turn to Jesus and believe in him. He will raise the physical dead at his coming, but he can raise dead faith, hopes, and marriages; he can raise you from the dead today. Believe in Him.
People are easily led astray and at the same time can be stubborn and go our own way. But in either case we are pretty defenseless on our own – just like sheep. That’s why why the word picture of God’s people as sheep is such an appropriate one. And that’s why when Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd, it’s such a comforting truth. He knows his sheep and calls them by name. Jesus is calling your name.