The Daily Reality of His Sheep
Hear Jesus in John 10: "I am the door. If a man goes in through me, he will be safe and sound; he can come in and out and find his food. The thief comes with the sole intention of stealing and killing and destroying, but I came to bring them life, and far more life than before. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd will give his life for the sake of his sheep. But the hired man, who is not the shepherd, and does not own the sheep, will see the wolf coming, desert the sheep and run away. And the wolf will attack the flock and send them flying. The hired man runs away because he is only a hired man and has no interest in the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know those that are mine and my sheep know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I am giving my life for the sake of the sheep."
Jesus Himself is the "door" for the fold and the "good shepherd" for His sheep. Picture that. For the sheep, He is the entirety of their daily reality. He is both the opening to the place of safety and the guardian of that place itself. He is All. He surrounds. For the sheep - for us! - there is nothing but the Presence of Jesus, both around and within.
May we "go in" today and "know" Him; may He be our everything, our hope, our life, our surroundings, our strength. Thank you, Jesus!
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