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Enter the Pen

John 10:7-15 Jesus emphasized, "I can guarantee this truth:  I am the gate for the sheep.  All who came before I did were thieves or robbers.  However, the sheep didn't respond to them.  I am the gate.  Those who enter the sheep pen through me will be saved.  They will go in and out of the sheep pen and find food.  A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.  But I came so that my sheep will have life and so that they will have everything they need.  I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.  A hired hand isn't a shepherd and doesn't own the sheep.  When he sees a wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and quickly runs away.  So the wolf drags the sheep away and scatters the flock.  The hired hand is concerned about what he is going to get paid and not about the sheep.  "I am the good shepherd.  I know my sheep as my Father knows me.  My sheep know me as I know the Father.  So I give my life for my sheep."