Red Letter Day 18: I Am the Gate
2015 Lent Blog
Saturday March 7
“Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.”
Here is another passage with Jesus saying “I am.” Here he says he is the gate for the sheep. Some translations translate this passage as the door but when you talk about sheep they pass through gates. A gate is a place where animals, people or in this case specifically Jesus is talking about sheep, pass through from one place to another that has been separated. I love how a few verses earlier Jesus says he knows all of his sheep by name and he leads them out.
What this passage does is focus our faith very specifically upon Jesus. There is no other way for the sheep, and no other way for us. I have sometimes imagined this where shepherds took their sheep into a cave at night. Sometimes they did this and they would sleep across the entryway of the cave. In this way they would physically become the gate. Any predator would have to cross them to get the sheep. In such a way the sheep would be kept in constant care and protection waking or sleeping. Jesus gives that promise to us when he says I will always be with you.
In Christ’s Service,