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The Good Shepherd

 

You,
climbing over the walls,
you’re up to no good.
No one who is genuine comes that way.

Why are you here?
What trouble are you coming to cause?
You are not a person that I should have in my life,
but someone to run from.
You do not have my best interests at heart.

The one the gatekeeper knows though,
who is welcome and admitted freely,
you are the care giver,
the love shower-er,
the peace keeper.
The one who loves me and cares for me so deeply,
passionately
and wants the best for me.

I recognise you,
the sound of your voice,
the tread of your foot,
the shape of your presence,
your call to me.
You lead me to the place of safety,
the place where I can be my best self,
the person you made me to be.

I run to you,
follow you,
the one I know
and can trust with my all.

You are my gate,
the trusted path,
the one who takes me to the place of life –
in all it’s fullness,
true life,
real life,
with you life.

I’ll come with you
and choose life
not destruction.

Bless me Lord,
bless us
as we discern
what to hear
who to follow.

May we hear your voice
know your love
and live in your peace
as we walk in your ways

 

 

John 10:1-10 (GNT)

The Parable of the Shepherd

10 Jesus said, “I am telling you the truth: the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who goes in through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him; the sheep hear his voice as he calls his own sheep by name, and he leads them out. When he has brought them out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. They will not follow someone else; instead, they will run away from such a person, because they do not know his voice.”

Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what he meant.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

So Jesus said again, “I am telling you the truth: I am the gate for the sheep. All others who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Those who come in by me will be saved; they will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.

Good News Translation (GNT)Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Who’s at the Door?

John 10:1-10 (CEV)

A Story about Sheep

10 Jesus said:

I tell you for certain that only thieves and robbers climb over the fence instead of going in through the gate to the sheep pen. 2-3 But the gatekeeper opens the gate for the shepherd, and he goes in through it. The sheep know their shepherd’s voice. He calls each of them by name and leads them out.

When he has led out all of his sheep, he walks in front of them, and they follow, because they know his voice. The sheep will not follow strangers. They don’t recognize a stranger’s voice, and they run away.

Jesus told the people this story. But they did not understand what he was talking about.

Jesus Is the Good Shepherd

Jesus said:

I tell you for certain that I am the gate for the sheep.Everyone who came before me was a thief or a robber, and the sheep did not listen to any of them. I am the gate. All who come in through me will be saved. Through me they will come and go and find pasture.

10 A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.

Your house has a door, only someone coming to steal will climb in through the window.  When someone calls, they ring the bell, and you let them in.  Perhaps you have an intercom, you ask who it is; or the cheery ‘hello’ as you answer the buzzer lets you know who it is.  You know that voice, they are welcome and you buzz them in.

Someone who doesn’t know your name, is not looking for you but for a customer of a supporter, not you but anyone; someone just looking to make a sale, not caring for your need, but their profit; they are not welcome and the door is closed, entry refused.

Have you been sucked in by doorstep salesmen?  Believed their ‘too good to be true’ tales?  Left the window open and had someone climb in?  They didn’t know you, love you, or care about you.  They came to take from you.

Now I am here.  I know your every need, your deepest need.  I come to meet it now. I bring life, true life, the best life and I bring it to you now.

Come Lord,
to my life.

You know what I need.
Thank you for bringing it
to me.

May I welcome you
and receive all you have
to give me

I Will Sing the Wondrous Story

I know that voice

When our son was younger, he had an illness that necessitated regular trips to the doctors.  We got to the embarrassing point that when I would ring up for an appointment, the receptionist would know it was me before we got to the ‘What’s your name’ stage.  She knew it was me, she recognised my voice!

Jesus speaks of a similar situation with God.

The sheep follow the shepherd, because they know his voice, they recognise him, they know he will take them to a place of safety, where they will be cared for; that he will be with them every step of the journey; that he will lead them and never abandon them.

I suppose one of the most difficult questions for Christians is how do we recognise the voice of God from amongst all the other people or things out there?

One way is to make sure that we are able to recognise his voice from among the others clamouring for our attention.  To spend time listening to him, so we can recognise his voice – it is familiar to us.

Another way is to see where it’s leading.  God’s ways lead to life and safety.  The ‘robber’ does just that – robs us and leads to destruction.

Shepherd or thief – which way do you want to go?

Lord

help me to follow you through the gate,

not sneak over the wall

with the one who would rob.

May I learn to know your voice,

that I may turn from the others

and follow you.