7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.
Once Jesus gave an illustration, he often gave the plain meaning and here does so again. I can picture Christ putting out his arms and as loud as he could proclaiming that He was the door of the sheepfold! Only through Him could anyone be saved and enjoy the life of coming in and out of the fold. Those trusting the Shepherd came into the fold for rest and went out of the fold for food and water and came back into the fold for rest and protection. The Good Shepherd was the Door.
We have often quoted verse 10 knowing that in Christ we have both eternal life and abundant life. Since a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses, true abundance is found in the Good Shepherd. Whether we have little of this world’s goods or much of it know that our abundance comes from the grace and peace of sins’ forgiven and righteousness imputed. Justification is our abundance! Of this wonderful salvation we sing and study and talk and worship the Giver. We have live eternal and life abundant from the Good Shepherd.
Who is the Good Shepherd? He is the One who gave His life for His sheep. The Lamb of God became the Good Shepherd. The spotless Lamb is now the Door of eternal life. Unlike the hireling, our Good Shepherd will never lead us astray, no; He loves us, His sheep. May we never stray from our Shepherd and always find joy and comfort in His presence. Jesus is our Good Shepherd.
Remember the Nancy Schmidt family in prayer as Nancy’s son Micah and his girlfriend died in a car accident Friday night. Nancy and her adult children have driven to Colorado to collect Micah’s pets and belongings. Nancy needs our prayer and love. If you would like to send a card to Nancy I can give you her address.
I sent out the prayer request yesterday and continue to ask your prayer for the respectful closing of all accounts regarding the daycare. We now have enough to meet yesterday’s needs. For this we are thankful. We still have all of the past year’s paid time off to cover. If we had closed in March this figure would be much less. However, it is our responsibility. Join us in prayer for God to show us how He will meet all of these money needs so that we can finish this part of our race with joy.
Have a great day in the Lord,