The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


For you?

When Jesus dies, we die, but we also find something quite new

Jesus died for you. That is all he could do in the end. He died. He refused to do anything else. "I am the Good Shepherd," he said. "The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." So his mission was, finally, to die. And it was for you.

Too often Christians think Jesus was really doing something else, something supposedly more meaningful and profound. We look at him dying on the cross and puzzle about it: "What does it mean?" "How can it be for us? It happened so long ago."

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