Gate for the Sheep
In John 10, Jesus tells a thought provoking parable of the good shepherd. In verses 7-18 he explains the meaning of the parable. This whole chapter is full of revelations of God’s identity through Jesus, but a phrase that I’ve never noticed before stood out to me. In verse 7, Jesus says he is the Gate (door) of the Sheep.
The significance of this phrase is understanding Jesus is the only way to be saved. Yesterday, we discussed how he is the Horn of Salvation (Luke 1:69) and here in the next book he is reminding us again that he is the key to salvation. There are some who try to diminish Jesus’s role by saying he was only a prophet or teacher, but the truth is he is God. I can’t imagine studying only the Old Testament as if the New Testament has no meaning. I’m convinced one of God’s greatest messages behind love is that he is the way to salvation and eternal life.
John 10:1-18 is a beautiful reminder of what it looks like to be truly loved, covered, protected, and cared for. Not only does it inform us of God’s nature, but it gives us guidance to our own nature as leaders. It shows us how to steward well what or who we are positioned to lead. Just as Jesus is the Gate for the Sheep. As a believer we are Gates to the Shepherd. How we follow and stay close to the Shepherd (Jesus) draws others to him and in turn, gives them the opportunity to enter into his gates.
If you are a believer, make a conscious decision to thank God and tell someone about him today. If you aren’t a believer and intrigued, read John 10. God speaks to us all, saved and unsaved, so be prepared to hear from him in the way he uniquely designed you to hear from him.