Our scripture this week is John 10:1-10.
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
Jesus again uses a metaphor that teaches about entering through Him to salvation. He wants people to understand that only through Him is it possible to have a relationship with God that leads to eternal life. He calls us to come with Him to the fulfillment of this connection.
He says that those who came to mislead us have not been entirely successful because “the sheep have not listened to them” (v. 8). We have waited to hear His voice and now must obey. God has sent Him as the true shepherd in whom we may believe.
Listen for His voice today and always. Hear the call He has for you specifically and know the love He gives to every one of us. Our shepherd has come; may we follow Him to the pastures He has promised us.
Gracious God, You sent Jesus to take away our sin and lead us to a renewed connection with You. Help us to be faithful followers and nurture the faith of others to be saved through His gift to us. Amen.