Jesus is our Good Shepherd, the one that knows and protects his sheep. In this scripture he refers to himself as the gate into the sheepfold. Jesus is central to our faith and key to our spiritual well-being.
John 10:3b, 4b, 9, 10b, 14-15
“He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. . . . and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.”
I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.