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Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 4

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TEXT: John 10:7-9 Elisabeth Elliot said, "Experience has taught me that the Shepherd is far more willing to show His sheep the path than the sheep are to follow. He is endlessly merciful, patient, tender, and loving. If we, His stupid and wayward sheep, really want to be led, we will without fail be led. Of that I am sure." Jesus now identifies Himself as "the door of the sheep." Notice that this identification is exclusive. He is not "a door", but "the door." He says, 'All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers.' The sheepfolds of that day were built with only one entrance by which the sheep got in and got out. A shepherd who served as a porter would lay down at the door at night. Any person or animal that tried to get in to harm the sheep would have to go through the shepherd. With Jesus' declaration that He is the door, He was letting it be known that His arrival was also a challenge to the false shepherds who had abused, oppressed, and mistreated the people. With Jesus' arrival, the people had a choice. They could see the differences between the religious leaders they had long followed and the leadership of Jesus Christ. They could choose the shepherd they wanted to follow.