This coming Sunday, the passage is John In the early Church, the figure of Christ as the Good Shepherd was a prominent image. This image is seen often in early Christian art. Clearly, it had great meaning for the early Christians since it often appeared, painted or sculpted, in the catacombs and on sarcophagi and baptismal fonts.
Jesus Is The Good Shepherd
Jesus the Good Shepherd
We have been pounded with about a foot of snow. We weren't ready. We never are. Winter comes quickly. One day, it is beautiful and warm and then next it is coming down hard. Last night after driving five hours to get home from my mom's to escape the storm, The Farmer and I drove around in the dark picking up piles of electronet fence from fields all over town. Some of it is still in piles under the snow and will probably be there until spring unless there is a good thaw.
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The image of the Good Shepherd, who lays down his life for his sheep, is found in the Gospel of John That image can be found in the Catacombs of Rome, at a time when it was illegal to create more explicitly Christian art. The art left behind by early Christians offers us a window into their faith. Painted on the walls of the St. Callisto catacomb in Rome sometime in the middle of the 3rd century is an image of Jesus carrying a sheep across his shoulders.
Like most people today, chances are you do not know any shepherds. For the first Christians, who were familiar with shepherds, the Good Shepherd was a favorite image to associate with Christ. Often he was portrayed as a beardless youth. Surprisingly, the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd is still popular.