John 9:36—10:17 revolve 2010
A Note Says It All
The Facts: • Every week, the average person receives 682 e-mails, 12 text messages, 10.8 pieces of junk mail, and 1.5 personal letters. • Feeling appreciated is one of the strongest human desires. • There is warmth in a handwritten note—it instantly makes the message more personal, creates a more intimate feeling, and makes the recipient feel more valued. • With e-mail and instant messaging, a handwritten note is getting rarer and therefore more special. • A hand-written note costs less than a dollar to write and mail, and the relational value is priceless. • The recipient can keep and reread it forever. Make It Matter: 1. Select the person—a family member, friend, classmate, or someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time—whom you want to thank for what he or she brings to your life. 2. Choose a postcard, letter, or card. 3. Take a few minutes to write a warm, sincere message that clearly communicates your love and appreciation for that person. 4. Decide if you want to add any special touches like unique paper, scents, photographs, drawings on the envelope, or a specialty stamp. Send it today! Find out more at www.everymondaymatters.com.
He asked, “Who is the Son of Man, sir, so that I can believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him. The Son of Man is the one talking with you.” 38 He said, “Lord, I believe!” Then the man worshiped Jesus. 39 Jesus said, “I came into this world so that the world could be judged. I came so that the blindn would see and so that those who see will become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees who were nearby heard Jesus say this and asked, “Are you saying we are blind, too?” 41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin. But since you keep saying you see, your guilt remains.” 36
The Shepherd and His Sheep
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, the person who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The one who guards the door
opens it for him. And the sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he brings all his sheep out, he goes ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger. They will run away from him because they don’t know his voice.” 6Jesus told the people this story, but they did not understand what it meant.
Jesus Is the Good Shepherd 7 So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the door for the sheep. 8All the people who came before me were thieves and robbers. The sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door, and the person who enters through me will be saved and will be able to come in and go out and find pasture. 10A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life—life in all its fullness. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. 12The worker who is paid to keep the sheep is dif-
9:39 blind Jesus is talking about people who are spiritually blind, not physically blind.
ferent from the shepherd who owns them. When the worker sees a wolf coming, he runs away and leaves the sheep alone. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. 13The man runs away because he is only a paid worker and does not really care about the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and my sheep know me, 15just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I give my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not in this flock, and I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17The Father loves me because I give
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.
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Published on Feb 4, 2010
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