For the past 2 months we have been taking a deeper look into the parables of Jesus in our sermon series “The Great Storyteller.” This week we wrap up our series with a look at what Jesus tells us in John Chapter 10. In John 10:1-21 Jesus speaks very plainly about Himself, who He is, and why He has come. He calls Himself the door of the sheep and the only one by which we must enter. He also calls Himself the "Good shepherd,” and the one who lays down His life for the sheep. What a powerful image of the sacrifice, love and provision given to us through the cross!
"So Jesus again said to them, “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 listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep."