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Jesus Is The Door/Gate

John 10:9

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.

profileAs a child – I liked to explore. I loved going through doors to see where they led – to see what was on the other side. My grandmother had a door in the rear of her kitchen that I never walked through until one day I tried it only to find out it simply let to the back side of her living quarters.

In one of the parsonages we lived in there was a door in the kitchen that led to a wining stairwell that led up to our bedrooms. Visitors who didn’t know that door was there thought they had to go to the dining room and go up the regular stairway.

When we built our home – we had two doors (sliding door) off the back of our atrium (a window room – an enclosed porch). We had to put boards over the outside of the doorway to pass code because we didn’t have any steps outside those doors and there was a drop off behind the house.

Doors lead us into a new space. We talk about open and closed doors in our lives – even suggesting that God opens and closes doors in our lives.

Today’s passage speaks about a gate (door). Here is today’s passage in partial context. John 10:1-13 – 1“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. 7 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. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

Jesus is the door – the gate – through which all must pass. Anyone who suggests any other way – any other path – any other door/gate – is a false teacher. We must draw people away from lies and draw them to the truth – Jesus Christ.  Re-read this passage again and understand that anyone who tries to lead you away from Jesus – or suggest that there is any other you need to follow – is a false teacher!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 28, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Questions, Sermons, Theology | , , , , ,

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