“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. John 10:1-3
What door is Jesus referring and where does it lead to in verse 1? Well what does He say in 7? “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” The cultural context of what a sheepfold looks like also helps us paint an image of Jesus’ analogy to these people. The sheepfold was a place where homeowners would gather their sheep near their house and have a gatekeeper protect them from thieves and robbers.
The sheepfold is being in community with God and community with God’s people and Jesus makes it clear how many different routes one can take to enter: 1.
Jesus portrays the gospel so clearly here. He goes on to say in verse 9: I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved…”
Lastly, let us soak on the words in verse 3 for the day: To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. As we head into a busy week let us be reminded that God pursues us and does it personally. BY NAME and LEADS.
With a week filled with “to do” lists let us focus on “being”, being sheep and allowing Jesus the gatekeeper to lead us.
Lord I thank you for pursuing me. I thank you for leading me. I thank you for laying down your life so that I may know you, for making a way to be in community with you. Father remind me today that the cross was enough and fill me with your everlasting joy as I head into this busy week.