Jesus is not only the Gate to the sheep pen giving access to God, but is also the Good Shepherd that leads us to the gate.
The first two "I Am" statements made by Jesus to clarify his divine nature and sacred purpose.
A parable of Pride versus Humility.... and a "Child-like" Faith.
Three separate stories of something lost, but one common lesson on God's amazing grace.
Jesus was impressed when he saw what an 'outsider' was willing to risk because of his faith in Jesus.