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March 26-
March 31

“Who’s Going to Love Me? - I AM!”- March 25

MONDAY: John 10:1-18 Shepherds
In an agrarian society as described in much of the Bible, people hearing the words Scripture: John 10:1-18 (NLT)
of Jesus would understand the concept of the shepherd. The shepherd was an “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather
important part of life. than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one
REFLECTION: Reflect the job description of a shepherd. List the qualities that who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens
were necessary to do the job well. 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. After he has gathered his own flock,
TUESDAY: John 10:1-18 Followers he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They
The shepherd becomes familiar with the flock; the sheep learn to recognize the won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his
shepherd’s voice and follow. voice.”
CONSIDER: Consider a time when you were enticed by someone you did not know.
Did you follow blindly, or did you require some sort of mutual understanding first? Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant,
so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All
WEDNESDAY: John 10:1-18 Comparisons who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen
This passage makes a distinction between a hired man and a good shepherd. to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They
The hired man is not invested in the sheep and does not make their care and will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to
protection a priority. The good shepherd does. steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
REFLECTION: Reflect on the difference between the hired man and the good
shepherd. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.
A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep
THURSDAY: John 10:1-18 The Good Shepherd because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf
This passage lists several qualities of the Good Shepherd: He leads; He knows attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s
them by name; He cares for them; He protects them; He sacrifices for them. working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.
REFLECTION: Reflect on the qualities of Christ and how those qualities equal the
description of the Good Shepherd. (Verses 11-16) “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my
Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. I
FRIDAY: John 10:1-18 Doors have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also.
Jesus says, “I am the Door.” They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.
CONSIDER: Consider this statement as it applies to verses 2-5. Consider how this
statement applies to your life. “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No
one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority
SATURDAY: John 10:1-18 Willing Service to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my
The Good Shepherd gives his service willingly and cares for the sheep sincerely Father has commanded.”
and completely.
PRAYER: God of shepherds and kings, we thank you for the gift of your Son who
sacrificed himself willingly, loves us sincerely, and cares for us completely. AMEN
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