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Day Sixteen
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate,
but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the
gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper 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 this figure of
speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. John 10:1-6

Jesus is the good Shepherd. His role is to protect and care for the sheep. He puts himself
in harm’s way as the gatekeeper for the sheep. He walks before the sheep to provide a
safe passage. His sheep know His voice because they follow Him. Jesus is all in and all
there for His sheep. This is amazing, especially in our instant society. This instant
society – has no time anymore! We have to be here, we have to be there, no time to be
fully present for anyone! I struggle with this just as much as anyone else! We have
instant internet access, instant oatmeal, instant soup, instant dessert, and even instant
Christianity. I just saw the 60 second devotional for instant growth! Jesus is all in and
all there for His sheep, including you and me!
In 1972 a shepherd had brought his sheep into a walled-off, enclosed area for the night,
and he had just gone to sleep when he heard a commotion. He quickly rushed over to
where the sound was coming from and to his horror, he discovered that a wolf was in the
process of dragging off one of his sheep through a hole in the wall. He was mauling this
sheep and blood was flying. The shepherd quickly began hitting the wolf, and the wolf
turned on him and began attacking him. He bit him over and over while the shepherd
was striking him with his staff, and finally, with one final blow of his staff, he killed the
wolf as he himself collapsed into a bloody heap. He managed to crawl over to the half-dead
sheep, and began to bandage its wounds. He gave it some water and then took it in
his own bloody arms and the shepherd and sheep went to sleep together. The next morning
the shepherd was found dead, his body literally draped over the sheep to comfort it and
keep it warm. The following day the headline in the Jerusalem paper said, “Sheep alive,
covered in Shepherd’s blood.”
Take time this morning to reflect on the blood of Jesus. Take time to give thanks for the
good Shepherd who lays down his life for His sheep. Take time this morning to pray for
the sheep at NewLife. Pray for a sheep revival in our city. Jesus is the good Shepherd
who leaves the ninety-nine to find the one lost sheep. Praise God.