"Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 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."
Reflection. Were we to ask ourselves to list the wonderful "I am" statements which Jesus uses to self identify, how many of us would have included "I am the gate." Go on, be honest with yourself. We probably know the "I am' statement that comes in the next verse, "I am the Good Shepherd."
"I am the gate" is a wonderful description of security for us. Jesus is the way into a safe place. Jesus is the way of salvation. Jesus, then, continues the image from Psalm 23 of finding pasture. Jesus came that we might be safe, that we might be saved and that we might have abundant and full lives. All of these ideas come about through Jesus being "the gate."
Prayer. Thank you, Lord Jesus that you are the gate to salvation. Thank you that you have called me into safety. Wow! Amen.