John 10:1-27

John 10:1-21 has Jesus telling a story in an attempt to help people understand who He was.  He related Himself to being a sheep herder.  The shepherd knows his sheep and they know his voice.  Jesus is the Master Shepherd.  He knows us as His sheep.  And He is “the gate for the sheep”.  While it was familiar territory, they still did not understand.  So He says it this way a second time: “I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good–sheep stealers, every one of them”.

You see, we do have a very real enemy that is out to destroy us.  Jesus defines Satan’s goal for our lives.  “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy”.  Three things the enemy desires for each of us – he wants to steal from us, he wants to kill us, and he wants to destroy our eternity.  Satan never has good in mind when he is calling us, and he does through temptation all the time.  That is where we have to learn to hear the voice of our Savior, and the Holy Spirit within us, that will help point out the temptations and attacks of the enemy if we only listen for His voice.

Jesus contrasts what He came for this way.  “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of”.  Jesus came to give us the abundant life, as some translations have it.  He didn’t come so we could squeak by.  He came that we might have more than we even dreamed of – more than we deserve certainly – but so much better than expected.  And it is real and eternal, not some short lived sensation.  Jesus came to give us abundant and eternal life.

There is a big difference between Satan who is out to kill, steal and destroy, and our Lord Jesus Christ.  He said “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary”.  That is the big difference.  Jesus is all about self-sacrifice.  He took our sin and carried it on His head as He went to the cross.  He sacrificed Himself as a necessary part of buying our freedom from sin.  The enemy is all about self and causing us to focus on self and justify sin as something we do for self.   We must not listen to the enemy voice.  We much only respond to the voice of our Savior!

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