“I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.” vs. 9
Right at the point in this passage where we expect that Jesus might say, “I am the Good Shepherd,” he announces, “I am the gate,” which seems a bit bizarre. Upon reflection however, we see that this image contains an amazing insight. All of us are on a journey through life and the road we take isn’t always straight. There are a variety of curves and inclines and sometimes we’re not even sure that we’re on the right path. Always we’re confronted with options and choices, and we see along the way what appears to be a series of closed doors all hiding what lies behind them. In those moments we’re forced to start checking the doors just to see what possibilities beckon. Sometimes the doors are locked and we can go nowhere. At other times we can push our way through and tentatively begin to explore a new direction for our lives. Jesus tells us in these verses that he is the gate, he is the door through whom we can pass to experience Easter living. In that new life, we find pasture, a protected place for our days and our nights where we are constantly fed and nourished, a home for now and forever. Other doors can offer pleasure and adventure, but only Jesus-gate offers eternal life and salvation.
Thought for the Day: What key is needed for the Jesus-gate?