Friday, December 7
Using the metaphor of a shepherd and his flock of sheep (an image that would be very familiar to those around Him) Jesus delivers the message that He is the Savior whom they have been waiting for.
"'Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep... I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture... I came that they may have life and have it abundantly'" (vs. 7, 9-10).
What a powerful depiction and explanation of who Jesus is and the loving relationship He has with those who choose to follow Him, as well as His desire for all people to have a personal relationship with Him. Thank you, Jesus!
"'I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep... I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd'" (vs.11, 14-16).
What does Jesus being "the good shepherd" mean to you? What's one example of how you've experienced Jesus being your shepherd (as described in John 10 and/or Psalm 23)? What does this passage convey about God's care for and interest in you? Tami
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