Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them. Therefore, Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.” John 10:6-9
I’m so thankful that Jesus is so very patient with us and willing to explain things—once again—to us whenever we just don’t seem to understand what He is telling us.
Sometimes what Jesus tells us is so deeply spiritual that we need Him to do several remediation lessons with us before we can fully grasp His meaning—or understand it, at least, as much as possible on this side of Heaven. But here in this passage, Jesus wants to lay down the fundamental truth of salvation; He wants to set before all of us the sole and irrefutable way of entrance into eternal life with our Holy God. Jesus is the entrance. Jesus is the gate. Period.
Salvation and eternal life with our Holy God is completely, uniquely dependent on Jesus Christ. It is only through His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins and His glorious resurrection to life eternal that we are able to enter into the presence of the LORD Most High. (If you don’t know Jesus as your own Savior, let me link you to this devotional posting I wrote on Easter. I encourage you to read, think about and pray about it for yourself. God loves you so much and He wants you to spend eternity with Him!)
Jesus is repeating His lesson because He knows we each need to get this. We can not save ourselves, nor can we be saved through any other method or through any other belief system. Jesus alone is Savior. Jesus alone is the gate—the entrance point—to eternal life with God. And Jesus tells us that His sheep know this. His sheep will not listen to the teachings of another; His sheep will not follow another.
The sheep who truly belong to Jesus—those who have not followed the spiritual thieves and robbers of this world-—“will come in and go out, and find pasture.” His sheep “will come in” to be loved, cared for, fed and protected. His sheep “will go out,” always following Him—even into unknown and uncomfortable areas. Because they know His voice, know His teaching and they trust His love and His provision for their “pasture”—no matter what their circumstances may be.
Jesus—the gate, the shepherd, the Holy God of all Creation—can be trusted by His sheep! Amen!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane