Posted by: Larry Hoekman | January 8, 2016

I AM — The Gate

Day 2243: It’s Friday!!!!!

Scripture:  So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:7-9

Thoughts/questions: I’ve had enough experience with livestock to know that the gate is the most important part of the corral. No one builds a corral without one!

A couple of things about Jesus being the gate: 1) There is one! For livestock, it’s a given to have a gate. For humans regarding eternity, it’s imperative that there is a gate for entrance as well. And who provides that gate – Jesus! His death and resurrection MUST never be taken for granted! Our communion services MUST always bring us to the point of extreme thankfulness every time!!! Never forget!

2) He’s the gate, not the opening! I’m glad he referred to Himself as the gate. If a corral didn’t have a gate, chaos would reign amongst the livestock with no control or parameters. The gate makes all the difference! The gate controls entrance/exit, and then also closes to give security, safety, and allows the animals to be managed appropriately.

As the gate, Jesus does the same. It is through Him we enter and safely remain! Thank God for the gate!!!

Suggested prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me enough to provide the gate for me to enter eternity with You . . .

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