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John 10:1-42 TPT

Listen to this eternal truth: The person who sneaks over the wall to enter
into the sheep pen, rather than coming through the gate, reveals himself as
a thief coming to steal. But the True Shepherd walks right up to the gate,
and because the gatekeeper knows who he is, he opens the gate to let him
in. And the sheep recognize the voice of the True Shepherd, for he calls his
own by name and leads them out, for they belong to him. And when he has
brought out all his sheep, he walks ahead of them and they will follow him,
for they are familiar with his voice. But they will run away from strangers
and never follow them because they know it’s the voice of a stranger.” Jesus
told them this parable even though they didn’t understand a word of what he
meant.

So Jesus went over it again, “I speak to you eternal truth: I am the Gate for
the flock. All those who broke in before me are thieves who came to steal,
but the sheep never listened to them. I am the Gateway. To enter through me is to experience life, freedom, and satisfaction. A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, kill, and destroy. But my desire is to give
you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until
you overflow!

I am the Good Shepherd who has come to give my life as
a sacrifice for the sheep. But the worker who serves only for wages is not
a real shepherd. Because he has no heart for the sheep he will run away and
abandon them when he sees the wolf coming. And then the wolf mauls the
sheep, drags them off, and scatters them.

I alone am the Good Shepherd, and I know those whose hearts are
mine, for they recognize me and know me, just as my Father knows my heart
and I know my Father’s heart. I am ready to give my life for the sheep.

And I have other sheep that I will gather which are not of this Jewish
flock. And I, their shepherd, must lead them too, and they will follow me and
listen to my voice. And I will join them all into one flock with one shepherd.

The Father has an intense love for me because I freely give my own
life—to raise it up again. I surrender my own life, and no one has the power
to take my life from me. I have the authority to lay it down and the power to
take it back again. This is the destiny my Father has set before me.

This teaching set off another heated controversy among the Jewish leaders.
Many of them said, “This man is a demon-possessed lunatic! Why would
anyone listen to a word he says?” But then there were others who weren’t
so sure: “His teaching is full of insight. These are not the ravings of a madman!
How could a demonized man give sight to one born blind?”

The time came to observe the winter Feast of Renewal in Jerusalem. Jesus
walked into the temple area under Solomon’s covered walkway when the
Jewish leaders encircled him and said, “How much longer will you keep us in
suspense? Tell us the truth and clarify this for us once and for all. Are you really
the Messiah, the Anointed One?”

Jesus answered them, “I have told you the truth already and you did not
believe me. The proof of who I am is revealed by all the miracles that I do in
the name of my Father. Yet, you stubbornly refuse to follow me, because
you are not my sheep. As I’ve told you before: ‘My own sheep will hear my
voice and I know each one, and they will follow me.’ I give to them the gift
of eternal life and they will never be lost and no one has the power to snatch
them out of my hands. My Father, who has given them to me as his gift, is the
mightiest of all, and no one has the power to snatch them from my Father’s
care. The Father and I are one.

When they heard this, the Jewish leaders were so enraged that they
picked up rocks to stone him to death. But Jesus said, “My Father has empowered
me to work many miracles and acts of mercy among you. So which one
of them do you want to stone me for?

The Jewish leaders responded, “We’re not stoning you for anything good
you did—it’s because of your blasphemy! You’re just a son of Adam, but you’ve
claimed to be God!”

Jesus answered, “Isn’t it written in your Scriptures that God said, ‘You
are gods?’ The Scriptures cannot be denied or found to be in error. So if
those who have the message of the Scriptures are said to be ‘gods,’ then why
would you accuse me of blasphemy? For I have been uniquely chosen by
God and he is the one who sent me to you. How then could it be blasphemy
for me to say, ‘I am the Son of God!’ If I’m not doing the beautiful works that my Father sent me to do, then don’t believe me. But if you see me doing the beautiful works of God upon the earth, then you should at least believe
the evidence of the miracles, even if you don’t believe my words! Then you
would come to experience me and be convinced that I am in the Father and
the Father is in me.

Once again they attempted to seize him, but he escaped miraculously
from their clutches. Then Jesus went back to the place where John had baptized
him at the crossing of the Jordan. Many came out to where he was and
said about him, “Even though John didn’t perform any miracles, everything he
predicted about this man is true!” And many people became followers of
Jesus at the Jordan and believed in him.

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Beatrice Cavanagh 15/03/2015, 2:00 pm

    These devotionals are beautifully presented and very insightful. Thank God. Refreshing to spirit and mind, bringing us to a place of intimacy with the Lord.

  • Ruth Dukes 13/03/2015, 9:07 am

    What it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and not ‘just’ a christian. We are called to check who we are following, why and how. Yet Jesus so compassionately welcomes us to His flock.

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