Jesus is the gate. This is a strange statement, isn’t it? Actually, there are quite a few strange titles Jesus gives Himself. He is also the Light of the world, the Bread of Life, and the Living Water. These are just a few of the titles identifying Jesus in Scripture, which remind us He is all of these and more. Today, we will focus on Jesus as the gate.
John 10:7-10 (NLT), “so he explained it to them: ‘I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.'”
The same passage identifying Jesus as the gate states He is the gate for the sheep, the passageway for sheep to come and go. Psalm 23 identifies the Lord as the shepherd for the sheep—their protector from predators, their guide to green pastures for nourishment, and their leader to quiet waters for refreshment.
Sheep depend upon the good shepherd for everything. He loves and cares for the sheep. The sheep know the voice of the shepherd, and they willingly follow. He guards the way of the sheep; at night, the shepherd lies down at the opening of the gate so predators cannot enter and harm the sheep.
Psalm 100 states that we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. We need the Protector, the Guide, and the Leader. We need to know and recognize His voice so we can follow the right path. We need the Gate.
Jesus said He is “the way, the truth, and the life. No comes to the Father except through Him.”
Our Faith Connections Challenge: Focus on the reminder that Jesus is more than we can imagine and not just one name or title. He is our gatekeeper. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Meditate on these and other Scriptures, and be thankful that He meets our deepest needs.
** Scripture references: John 10:7-10; Psalm 23; Psalm 100:3; Psalm 37:4 **