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I AM: The Door of The Sheep & The Good Shepherd

John 10:1-16; Psalm 100:3; Psalm 23

I am the Good Shepherd

Psalm 23 is undoubtedly the most quoted and most recited Psalm in the Bible. Be it by believers or unbelievers: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. We seem to find comfort in having a shepherd. I guess it arises from the fact that a shepherd is responsible for our well-being just as is seen with the sheep. The shepherd protects and guards against all harm and who are we not to desire to profess this statement that the Lord is our shepherd?  One way or another, we have lived off His divine protection and been sheltered from harm by the fact that He watches over us and that is a thing to be confident in.

In John, we encounter a new dimension of the shepherd through Jesus Christ, the shepherd who is not only watching over us, leading and guiding us but a shepherd who can sacrifice His own life for our sake.  Many shepherds have been mentioned in the Bible. For example, David and Joseph and yet they pale in comparison to our Good Shepherd: Jesus Christ.

LIKE A SHEEP; PRONE TO WANDER

I haven’t yet led sheep but even leading any type of animal seems tedious let alone a flock of sheep- If you are already presuming me to be anti-pet, you are right.

Like sheep, we like to seek our own interests, our own pursuits, and more often than not, we open doors to destruction. Veering off seems to be something we are drawn to.

"I am the good shepherd, and I know my sheep and am known by my own." John 10:14

I often wondered why we are likened to sheep until I learned how timid, defenseless they are. Leaving them without protectors makes them vulnerable and prone to attack just like the devil who seeks to devour us (1 Peter 5:8). They are the most helpless of animals and they wander with no sense of direction and it is no wonder they often get lost. They are totally incapable of finding their way to their sheepfold/sheep pen even when it is in plain sight since they have no “instincts”. They are followers which is why they need a shepherd to guide them.

The extraordinary love of Jesus as the good shepherd makes Him remarkable and incomparable because though other shepherds may protect and guard, rarely will you find one willing to die. Jesus did this for us as the sheep of His pasture that we may not be condemned.

No one takes it from me but I lay it down of myself i.e I sacrifice it voluntarily (NLT) . John 10:18

I am the Door of the Sheep

When I think about a gate, it goes two of either way; a gate that keeps me from exiting and a gate that grants passage into another area. No one likes to be caged and I remember wondering what Jesus meant when He said this. Him as a shepherd I understand but gate puzzled me and I can only imagine how His immediate audience reacted.

Passageway

A sheep pen is a shelter for sheep. A place where they are reared, fed, and protected. When we picture a shepherd, we immediately imagine him strolling up and down the hills as the sheep graze and yet in order to be led there they have to go through the gate of a sheep pen

Jesus; the one and only way into the “sheep pen” ; (salvation)

Jesus in John 10:1-5 first describes the sheep pen and how He would go in to lead the sheep out and He contrasts the true shepherd and the thieves and robbers by the way of entry. The robbers do not go by the door but climb in another way. (vs 2) while the shepherd beckons with love, care as He walks through the door.

Jesus as the gate for the sheep means He is our only access. Like sheep we are dependent and though the sheep pen may be opened we may be stuck and fail to move in spite of the beckoning. As a result, we are in constant need and nurturing of a shepherd which is why staying in communion will continue to be the determinant to which we stay in God’s will for us; safe, guarded, and loved on.

Do you know His Voice?
"...and He calls His own sheep and the sheep follow Him for they know His voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger but will flee from Him, for they do not know the voice of strangers"John 10:3-5
John 10:27"My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me"

Moments we spend with Jesus are meant to soften our hearts and every time we are with Him, we become familiar with His voice just as we would with our loved ones because of how consistent we have known them and listened to them.

Peter Lord Baker, in his book Hearing God, utilizes the concept of Hearing God through RAS (Reticular Activating System) in three ways; Positive focusing, Negative Filtering, and Individual Perceiving. A good example is a mother with a child. Regardless of the noise around her, she is able to filter the sound of her child when he cries.

“Listening is learned.” Peter Lord Baker

We get to know God’s voice through His approach, the relevance to our comprehension, His content, the result that it produces whether it be peace encouragement, or hope.

There are promises for those who enter through the gate:

  • He will be saved (vs 9)
  • He will find pasture – in and out (vs 9)
  • He will live life in abundance (vs 10)

Cultivating a listening ear that will be stirred by His voice and awakened to action by it is crucial to any person desiring to be led by the shepherd into paths that please God. Heed the call today and walk into all the promises He has laid hold for you as you experience Jesus as the Good Shepherd and as the Door/ Gate of the Sheep.

You are light and you are so loved. Stay Anchored and Keep His light shining through

4 thoughts on “I AM: The Door of The Sheep & The Good Shepherd

  1. May I be in constant need of the one who has access,there is a greater promise for one who enters through the gate.

    Thanks so much for this reminder,thanks for allowing God to use you,May He continue revealing Himself to you.❤❤

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