“Jesus said, ‘Truly I assure you: Whoever does not enter the sheepfold through the gate but climbs in some other way is a thief and a marauder. The one who enters through the gate is shepherd of the sheep; the keeper opens the gate for him. The sheep hear his voice as he calls his own by name and leads them out. When he has brought out [all] those that are his, he walks in front of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. They will not follow a stranger; such a one they will flee, because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.’
Even though Jesus used this figure with them, they did not grasp what he was trying to tell them. He therefore said [to them again]: ‘My solemn word is this: I am the sheepgate. All who came before me were thieves and marauders whom the sheep did not heed.
‘I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be safe. He will go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy. I came that they might have life and have it to the full.’”
Imagine yourself on a farm on which sheep are grazing.
What message is Jesus trying to get through to the people here?
Sit with what you heard, allowing it to remain with you.
Heritage word—“Deus providebit.” (God will provide.)