Our scripture this morning is John 10:7-10.
So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Jesus teaches us that He is the way in John 14. In this passage He tells us He is the “gate for the sheep”, the only path to enter the safety of salvation. When we listen to His voice and follow Him, we can “come in and go out and find pasture”.
Jesus wants us to choose Him as our Good Shepherd, living in peace and safety. Unlike a real flock of sheep, we are called to call others to follow Him. However, each one must make that choice for themselves.
He ends the lesson saying ” I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly”, reminding us that He is the only solution for sin. When we repent and seek God’s forgiveness, we can be made new, and live new lives in Him. Accept the abundant life He offers us when we follow in faith.
Loving Lord, You sent Your Son to lead us back into the saving relationship for which we were created. Help us to go in Your name to share this blessing with the world. Amen.