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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, May 3, 2015
In the sheepfold, the shepherd functioned as a gate, letting the sheep in and protecting them. Jesus is the gate to God’s salvation for us. He offers access to safety and security Christ is our protector. Jesus is God’s Son—why should we seek any other way or want to customize a different approach to God?
In contrast to the thief who takes life, Jesus gives life. The life he gives right now is abundantly rich and full. It is eternal, yet it begins immediately. Life in Christ is lived on a higher plane because of his overflowing forgiveness, love, and guidance. Have you taken Christ’s offer of life? (NLT)
John 10:1-11 – [Jesus said] “I assure you, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! For a shepherd enters through the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they recognize his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t recognize his voice.”
Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them. “I assure you, I am the gate for the sheep,” he said. “All others who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. Wherever they go, they will find green pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
Bill Willis (New South Wales, Australia) titled his story “THE DOOR TO LIFE;” here is a portion of Bill’s story:
“. . . In a similar way, there are those who look at Jesus, who said, ‘I am the gate,’ and are greatly impressed, marveling at his life, his teaching, and his attitude toward people. But then they fail to go beyond this discovery and never know the wonder of a personal relationship with Jesus. This experience can offer a whole new meaning and purpose to life. It is certainly good to know of Jesus; but we miss so much if we fail to know him as savior and companion in our daily lives.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Life at its best can become a reality as Jesus shares our way.
Prayer: Loving Savior, walk with us this day so that our lives show others our relationship with you. Help us to encourage others to learn of you and follow you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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