Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:7, 11
What does this say about Jesus?
1. I have authority
2. I am protective
3. I am inclusive
Now what does that mean for you and me?
First: _Abundant life is possible
When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:16-17
Second: Death is defeated
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28
Third: We belong to a community
They answered, “You were born and brought up in sin—and you are trying to teach us?” And they expelled him from the synagogue. John 9:34 (GNT)
Fourth: We are intimately known by God
Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Colossians 3:3-4 (The Message)