What Jesus Did! 'Those Before Me' — John 10:7-8

Saturday, July 14, 2018

[Jesus explained his statements about sheep following only their own shepherd:] "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them."
— John 10:7-8 NLT
Illustration of John 10:7-8 NLT — "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them."

Key Thought

People were constantly looking for a messiah, and many false messiahs had come and gone. Many religious leaders were ready to claim that role. But only one was sent by God. Only one did the will of God completely. Only one was willing to lay down his life for the sheep of God. This kind of shepherd not only entered through the gate but in the open fields, he was willing to lay down his own body to be the gate in the make-shift pens to protect the sheep and to calm their restlessness and fears. Jesus was not seeking his own good or glory, but he came to serve God's sheep — including us. Why? He did it because that is what God wanted him to do and because that is what a real shepherd does!

Today's Prayer

Lord God, help me not to listen to the false voices of self-appointed religious leaders who are unwilling to sacrifice for your sheep and instead want to fleece them for their own benefit. Thank you, Jesus, for being the one real shepherd that I can follow. By the authority of your name, I offer my prayer and praise. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ezekiel 34:7-10
  • Mark 10:42-45
  • Matthew 24:24

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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