Jesus is the Gate
“This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter.” Psalm 118:20
“Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep” (John 10:7). This is the third “I am” statement by Jesus as he uses these statements to provide insight into Himself.
One thing that shepherds did to protect their sheep from predators was to sleep in the gateway of the pen. They would literally be the gate for the sheep to enter and leave the pen. In this “I am” statement, Jesus portrays himself as the gate. He is the entrance to the pen (John 10:9) that leads to proper pasture for the sheep and for us, the proper pasture is salvation, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved” (John 10:9).
I imagine that this is a challenging statement for many to read. It is challenging because we are part of a culture that relies on our own abilities to get things. You want that promotion at work so you rely on yourself and your work ethic to get it. “Self” is not the way to salvation. You see, it isn’t about you being a nice person or a good person or a hard worker. It is not about who you are or what you do it is about what you believe. Jesus said that, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved”. It is through belief in Jesus that we are able to approach the Father and partake in God’s salvation. The apostle Paul writes, “…it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” Romans 1:16.
So friends do not let your “I am” statement be about what you do. Rather, let your “I am” statement be a statement about whom you believe in. When we believe in Jesus we receive forgiveness of our sins (Acts 10:43) and are able to enter through the Gate and be saved.