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I am the door (Day 5)

Jul 12, 2024

John 10:12–16

A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.


“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.


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In John 10, Jesus identified Himself as the Good Shepherd, contrasting Himself with the stranger, the thief, and the hireling. A hired hand flees when he sees the wolf approaching. He runs away because he does not care for the sheep. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. Ironically, Jesus fulfills two roles—He is both shepherd and sheep. He sacrificed Himself to be the Passover lamb. Exodus 12:43–45 provided instructions concerning who could partake of the Passover. The Israelites and their circumcised servants were allowed, but a hired hand was not even invited to the meal.


In Masai, a country in East Africa known for its love, loyalty, and devotion to its animals, a slim, ten-year-old shepherd boy was rushed to the nearest hospital after singlehandedly tackling a young lioness that tried to kill one of his flock. When asked why he did such a brave and selfless act, the boy responded, “Because that sheep is mine.”


Like the boy who was willing to die for his sheep, Jesus, our Good Shepherd, laid down His life for us. He did it because we are His. We may feel like we are not worthy of such a selfless act, but the right response we can give is to accept His love and share it with others. Let us decide today to accept His grace, and let this grace persuade us to show His love to others.


That concludes our devotional for today. Let us finish with a word of prayer.


WORD OF PRAYER

Lord, we thank You for being our Good Shepherd, for knowing us intimately and caring for us deeply. You have demonstrated the ultimate act of love by laying down Your life for us, claiming us as Your own. Help us to recognize the depth of Your sacrifice and to respond with a heart full of gratitude and devotion. Inspire us to extend Your love and grace to others, reflecting Your compassionate care in all our interactions. Teach us to follow Your voice faithfully, knowing that in You we find safety, purpose, and eternal love.


In the name of Jesus, amen.