How Odd of God

Lou Lotz

READ : John 10:16

“I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.”

Somewhere in my files I have an old, yellowed letter from a man who asks whether Jesus’ “other sheep” comment refers to beings on other planets. I wouldn’t go that far, but I take Jesus at his word that he does have “other sheep that do not belong to this fold.” Jesus is not only our Shepherd, he is the Shepherd. We are his flock, but apparently we are not his only flock.

Right now, someone is thinking: “You mean God saves people who are altogether different than me, people of whom I am not even aware? How odd of God.” Remember the old joke about how St. Peter is giving a new arrival a tour of heaven? The newcomer asks about a group of saints on a distant hillside. “Ssssh” says St. Peter. “Those are the [Choose one: Baptists, Catholics, Reformed, Christian Reformed, fill-in-the-blank], and they think they’re the only ones here.” We all like to think we’ll be the only ones there. Theology tends to be parochial: become like us and be saved. But Jesus suggests that the Father’s flock is a lot larger than we think.

In Christ we are saved, beloved, and heaven-bound. But the Good Shepherd has other sheep. Christians, then, should display a little modesty.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd, thank you for the gift of salvation.