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ThoughtForWeek - 1st Sunday in June

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1st Sunday in June

John 10:1-15

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of
the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who
enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and
the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.
When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because
they know his voice. And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from
him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."

This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those
things were which He had been saying to them. Jesus therefore said to them again,
"Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me
are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone
enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have
life, and might have it abundantly.

"I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He
who is a hireling, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, beholds
the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees, and the wolf snatches them, and
scatters them. He flees because he is a hireling, and is not concerned about the

"I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me, even as the Father
knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep." John 10:1-15


According to Jesus, who is the door that must we enter through to be saved?

What did the good shepherd do for His sheep?

Suggested Bible Reading for Month:

June 1-7: New Testament -- John 9:13 - John 12:50. Old Testament -- 2 Kings 6 -
2 Kings 19.
June 8-14: New Testament-- John 13:1 - John 17:26. Old Testament -- 2 Kings 20 -
1 Chronicles 8.
June 15-21: New Testament -- John 18:1 - John 21:25. Old Testament -- 1 Chronicles
9 - 1 Chronicles 23.
June 22-30: New Testament -- Acts 1:1 - Acts 6:15. Old Testament -- 1 Chronicles
24 - 2 Chronicles 17.

Easy-to-Read Version:

Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. When a man enters the sheep pen, he should use
the gate. If he climbs in some other way, then he is a robber. He is trying to steal
the sheep. But the man that takes care of the sheep enters through the gate. He
is the shepherd. The man that guards the gate opens the gate for the shepherd. And
the sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. The shepherd calls his own sheep,
using their names, and he leads them out. The shepherd brings all of his sheep
out. Then he goes ahead of them and leads them. The sheep follow him because they
know his voice. But sheep will never follow a person they don't know. They will
run away from that person, because they don't know his voice."

Jesus told the people this story. But the people did not understand what the story
meant. So Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth. I am the gate for the sheep.
All the people that came before I came were thieves and robbers. The sheep did not
listen to them. I am the gate. The person that enters through me will be saved.
That person will be able to come in and go out. He will find everything he needs.
A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But I came to give life--life that is
full and good.

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. The worker
that is paid to keep the sheep is different from the shepherd. The paid worker does
not own the sheep. So when the worker sees a wolf coming, he runs away and leaves
the sheep alone. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. The man runs
away because he is only a paid worker. He does not really care for the sheep.

"I am the shepherd that cares for the sheep (people). I know my sheep like the Father
knows me. And my sheep know me like I know the Father. I give my life for these
sheep. John 10:1-15 (ERV)
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