“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.
“The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again.
No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”
John 10:14-18 NLT
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He knows His sheep. His sheep know Him. He is one with the Father. He sacrificed his life for the sheep. The Father loves Jesus because He voluntarily sacrificed His life for the sheep. What Jesus did was done out of love for the Father and for the sheep.
Live It Out:
We are the sheep Jesus sacrificed His life for. He knows us. He loves us. He wants us in His sheepfold. He wants to be our Good Shepherd. If we have accepted Him as our Savior, then we are in His sheepfold and we also know Him and His voice. If we have not yet accepted Him as our Savior, then we need to seek Him out for He wants to bring us in to His fold where we will be loved, protected and cared for.
Listen for the voice of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. If you know Him, listen for His instructions as He lovingly leads and guides you daily. If you don’t yet know Him, listen for He is calling your name lost sheep, He and the Father love you and want you to come join the flock.
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