Jesus Is the Gate

John 10:9

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. – Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep… 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.” – John 10:7-10

Read also Psalm 23 and Colossians 3:1-4.

Meditation

Jesus was very clear about why He had come into this world. It wasn’t to pass judgment. It wasn’t to congratulate good people who followed the rules.

Jesus Christ came into the world to bring life, an abundant life that fills us to overflowing. This has always been God’s intention toward His people.

God created us to experience a life of fulfillment and promise. It is His trademark to give us more than we need, to flood our lives with blessings.

Yet God’s people have consistently chosen to walk a path of disobedience and rebellion, a path that leads to death. But God was not willing to leave us on that path. He sent His Son to bear the curse of our sins for us, to pay the price for our sins, once for all. God made it possible for us to get off the road that leads to destruction and onto the road that leads to eternal life.

Jesus offers all those who enter this new life through Him a forever life in the presence of God. Let us remember that He is not only the provider of this life, He is our life.

Prayer

God of grace and truth, You have revealed Your will and Your ways in Your Word. In its pages I discover truths I would never learn anywhere else. Thank You for this eternal life that is now mine because of Your divine intervention in my life. Help me to overcome my spiritual and moral inertia that keeps me from hearing Your voice and walking in Your ways. May I hold Your words in my heart so that I will not succumb to temptation and sin, but be increasingly honoring to You. Give me the strength to set my mind and heart on things above, where Christ is. Help me to find my life in You and be defined by Your truth rather than by the lies of this world. Strengthen me in my unconditional commitment to You. I love You and know that You first loved me. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

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Your Turn

Jesus came to bring us life… abundant life! Following Him requires that we choose His path and walk in His ways instead of our own. Stop now and talk to the One who doesn’t condemn us, but invites us to hold fast to Him. Come join the conversation on our blog! We’d love to hear from you about living life in Jesus Christ! ~ Devotionals Daily

Kenneth D. Boa

Ken Boa (PhD, New York University; DPhil, University of Oxford) is the president of Reflections Ministries and Trinity House Publishers. His recent publications include Conformed to His Image, Face to Face, Pursuing Wisdom, The Art of Living Well, Wisdom at Work, Living What You Believe, and Sacred Readings.

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