2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.
From my devotional book....
Jesus wants us to know that he is not just our King ruling over us, He's not just our Redeemer paying the ransom for us. He's not just our Mediator making peace for us. He's our Shepherd, taking care of us, calling out to us, feeding us, caring for our wounds, and protecting us from falling and from predators.
As good as we seek to be as parents, our children need something more. They need a Shepherd. And they have one. The Good Shepherd will care for them in ways that we can't and at times when we can't. He will protect them from pitfalls we don't see and wolves we don't recognize. Best of all, we can be sure that when he gathers his flock, he will call his sheep by name and lead them.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44, John 10:22-42, Psalm 116:1-19, Proverbs 15:20-21