Monday, 30 April 2012
30th April 2012 John 10:1-10
he Good Shepherd and His Sheep
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. 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. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
This is actually the verses before yesterday's parable of the good shepherd. Here Jesus tells us that we should follow him, the shepherd, to enter the kingdom of heaven. He says that there is no other way to enter, only through Jesus.
This is a blessing to those of us who know and love Jesus; but where does it leave the rest? I hold to the understanding that through Jesus all are saved at the end, the issue is whether we want to experience that joy earlier in our lifetimes.