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.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd
Jesus was speaking to a crowd of people when He said “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.” When the gatekeeper opens the gate for him, the sheep recognizes his voice and goes to him as they are called by name. After the sheep are gathered, the gatekeeper will then walk ahead of them as the sheep follow from behind. When the people who listened to Jesus’ message expressed that they did not understand His illustration, Jesus responded “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers…. I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.”
Of all farmed animals, sheep are the most helpless. Sheep will spend all day wandering and often times, become lost. This is why they need a shepherd to tend after them. The sheep know their own shepherd’s voice and they become dependent on him. In this story, Jesus is telling us that He is the gate for the sheep. When Jesus says, “I am the gate,” Jesus is saying that only through Him is salvation possible. Just like how the sheep followed the shepherd, we are to follow Jesus—we are lost without him. Once we walk through the gate, we are saved. He is the only way to Heaven and He is the gate to get there.
JESUS IS THE GATE.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- Why do the sheep need a shepherd?
- What did Jesus mean when He said He is the gate?
- How does this story Jesus told relate to salvation?