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A Door that Gathers Sheep

It’s week 10 of this look at belief in the 4 Gospels, which means John 10 is in the mix this week.   The proverbial line gets drawn in the sand in this chapter.  The religious guys have had it, they are getting impatient.  They are tired of hearing Jesus “philosophize” about this and that.  They want a straight answer about who he is and what he is up to.  So Jesus gives it to them straight, “I am the door”, “I am the good shepherd.”  Thanks for shooting straight Jesus…

Not only is that Jesus’ reply, but he says each statement twice for emphasis.  “I am the door of the sheep.” “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”  “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me.” (v 7-14)

Four statements, two themes: salvation and sacrifice.  You can’t have one without the other.  Jesus knew that oh too well, and he signed up for the sacrifice so that we may experience real life.  Did you see it? “… if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved,”  “the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”  His sacrifice leads to an opportunity for our salvation.  Oh that we would believe that He is our door and our shepherd.

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