When I was a lot younger, I worked for a man who raised a few black cows and some pigs. His main motivation was food for his family. I will never forget the day he walked one of his beautiful black cows through the gate and into the slaughterhouse. Memories of what I saw that day have remained some 30 years later.
Today, we will look at a gate, but a different kind of gate, one that leads to life.
Our verse of the day comes from John 10:7-9.
“Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before 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.”
Let’s dig in.
The sheepfold represents all who have eternal life.
Jesus or the “gate” (some translations say door) is the only means by which one can enter the sheepfold (have eternal life.)
The thieves and robbers in the passage are the religious leaders and Pharisees in Jesus’ day. They were what we would call “false shepherds.” This included all those who called themselves Messiah’s and claimed to be from God. It did not include the Old Testament prophets who prophesied about the coming of the true Messiah.
Faith in Jesus Christ is available to whoever, to all. Christ came so we could have eternal life. Once we accept this gift, we can, through obedience to Christ, have an abundant life. He will provide everything we need.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received; that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,”