Passage: John 10:1-10
Verse: John 10:9 (NIV 2011)
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
An illustration, such as the one in today’s Scripture passage, that uses sheep and a shepherd, provides us with an understandable picture of what it takes to have life, and have it to the full [v.10]. If we look at the passage more closely, we can see this is a bittersweet illustration. Some people will find the gate, others will not. Some will hear the voice of Jesus and the gospel message, but others will be led astray or deceived by those who claim to know the way, but do not. We have one way to enter into eternal life. It is by going through the gate – the gate is Jesus. May we enter into life, through Christ. May we have eyes to see and ears to hear when our Shepherd, Jesus, is calling. May we be reassured of our position, in Christ. May we help others to find the gate and enter in. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)