John 10:6-13

John 10:6-13 has Jesus making another run at trying to enlighten the crowd about His purpose.  “Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about”. He had used a pretty simple illustration, but it just wasn’t connecting.  “So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate”. Jesus used another picture from sheep farming in His time. Out in the pastures for sheep, pens were made with only one entrance. The gate into those sheep pens was the shepherd himself. He laid his body across the entrance, to keep the sheep in and to keep out the wild animals. The shepherd was in fact the gate.

Jesus makes it clear that those whom He shepherds will be taken care of.  “Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture”. A relationship with the Savior doesn’t take away our freedom.  It is the thieves who take away what we can have through deception and robbery that strip us of all we can have and be through Christ.  If there is a simple statement that defines what the devil is up to in our world, this is it.  “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy”. The enemy wants nothing more than our destruction.  He wants to take from us any and all we have.  Satan and his demons are the con men and muggers of the spiritual world.

Jesus offers us abundant life, real and eternal.  “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of”.  Jesus tells us His entire mission – to give us an abundant life that is beyond even what we can dream of.  It doesn’t get any better than this promise.  He came, He offers, but we must receive and accept.  He holds out an offer of the abundant life for eternity – ours for the taking if we’ll only believe and receive His gift of grace.  But it isn’t ours until we take it.  We have to reach out and grab the gift and make it our own.  We have to have a personal relationship with the giver of abundant life.

Jesus makes it clear that He alone is the answer to eternity. “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him”.  Jesus said it so plainly there could be no mistake what He meant. A hired shepherd will not defend the sheep and thinks the flock exists for his benefit, but the good shepherd lives and dies for the good of the sheep.  Jesus proved that when He went to the Cross for you and me.  He loved us enough to die for us!

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  1. Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog.


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