Sheep Gate

John 10:1-4 “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

Jesus used everyday life experiences to explain extraordinary holy life. Sheep herding was a common profession when Jesus walked the earth, so he often used sheep to explain Godly views in stories called parables. The imagery used in Jesus’ parables are just so spot on! I shepherd 6 sheep (Tilla, Toots & Irene are in the picture above). One of my greatest joys is walking outside to chore and all six sheep greet me at the gate. They are very vocal and happy to see their shepherd walk through the gate with a slice of hay. How much better will it be when we hear our shepherd, Jesus call us by name as he leads us through the gate into heaven!

I would love to hear what your favorite verse was from last week’s readings. This week’s readings are…..

Sunday – John 11:55-12:19

Monday – John 12:20-50

Tuesday – John 13:1-30

Wednesday – John 13:31-14:14

Thursday – John 14:15-31

Friday – John 15:1-27

Saturday – John 16:1-33

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