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The Shepherd and the Lamb

Of the many titles by which Jesus could be known, none are more tender, powerful, or illuminating than the Shepherd and the Lamb. In The Shepherd and the Lamb: Our Covenant Hope in Christ, Elder Gerrit W. Gong shares insights on these powerfully complementary, symbolic titles of the Savior.

Elder Gong writes, “As our Good Shepherd and the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ succors and saves. He lifts and liberates. He rises above and descends below all things.” To help readers better understand these two roles of our Savior, Elder Gong examines the unique blessings that Jesus Christ offers.

As our Good Shepherd, He calls and gathers His sheep to Him. He ministers to the one and strengthens us as we reach out to each other. As the Lamb of God, He restores that which was lost and should be found. He forgives and brings reconciliation. He delivers and redeems. He makes covenant belonging possible.

Through the messages found on its pages, The Shepherd and the Lamb is also an invitation to each one of us—an invitation to discover how coming to Jesus Christ as the Shepherd and Lamb fires our faith, hopes, and spiritual imagination, how it lends perspective to our lived experiences and our faith-filled future. Jesus Christ is the Light and Life of the World. He is the Father and the Son. He is the Shepherd and the Lamb.

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Elder Gerrit W. Gong was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in March 2018. Previously he served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary, seminary teacher, bishop, stake mission president, stake president, Area Seventy, General Authority Seventy, and Presidency of the Seventy. Elder Gong received a bachelor’s degree in Asian and university studies from Brigham Young University and master’s and doctorate degrees in international relations from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Gerrit W. Gong is married to Susan Lindsay. They are the parents of four children and four grandchildren.

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