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November 19th 2017 The Children's Service
November 19, 2017
The Children
Micah 5:2-4 John 10:1-18

Micah 5:2-4 


Micah was a prophet.  He spoke to the people for God.  During the time when Micah was alive, God’s people were afraid.  They felt sad and hopeless.  God sent Micah to the people of Bethlehem, one of the smallest groups of God’s people, with some unbelievable news.  This is the good news that Micah announced to God’s people. 


“From you, little Bethlehem, will come a wonderful leader for the whole world!  He will be like a good shepherd who loves and takes care of each sheep in his flock.  He will take care of all people – especially those who need extra help. 


All God’s people will be safe with this leader because he will lead with peace and fairness.  He will be the greatest leader the world has ever seen.  There is hope!  Live with hope, you people of Bethlehem!” 


 


John 10:1-18 


“Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he’s up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate.  


The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.” 


Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. 


“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him.  


“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too.  


They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”

 
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