8.7 Jesus Is the Gate and the Good Shepherd
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”Jun 29 8.7 “I say truly, whoever doesn’t enter the sheepfold through the gate is a thief and robber. The shepherd1 of the sheep enters by the gate. The gatekeeper opens for him, and the sheep hear his voice as he calls them by name and leads them all out. He goes ahead, they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow, but will run from, a stranger whose voice is strange.” Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they didn’t understand.
So Jesus said, “Truly, I tell you I am the gate of the sheep. All who came before were thieves and robbers, and the sheep didn’t listen to them.
Jun 30 I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes to steal, to kill and to destroy. I came so they may have life in all its fullness.
I am the good shepherd who gives his life for the sheep. A hired man abandons the sheep when he sees the wolf coming to attack and scatter them. A hireling cares little for another’s sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and they know me, as the Father knows me and I know Him. I give my life for the sheep. I have other sheep not of this fold that I must bring, who also will hear my voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.2 The Father loves me because I lay down my life and will take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I have authority by my Father’s command to lay it down and take it again.”
July 1 These words divided the religious populace and many said, “He is raving mad. Why listen to him?” Others said, “These aren’t the words of a demon-possessed. Can a demon open blind eyes?”3