March 11 – John 10:7-9

“Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come be- fore me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture.”

John 10: 7-9

We don’t live in a world where we encounter many shepherds. If we see a sheep, we are probably taking our kids to a petting zoo. In the first century, shepherds played an important role when it came to protecting their flock. They were the protectors and providers. Often times at night a shepherd would form pens with large rocks and they themselves would lay across the entrance of the pen. So, if a predator tried to come in, they were met by the shepherd. If a sheep tried to get away, the shepherd was right there to keep them in the pen. Jesus here is proclaiming that He is the Gate. The one who stands at the entrance. It’s through Jesus that we are able to enter into relationship with God. Which ultimately leads to eternal life. Have you entered the gate? Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?