Thought for The Day – Sunday 20th March


The Parable of the Gate

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.[a] 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

Ancient cities had walls and gates for a reason. Outside the walls were thieves, rebels, and bandits. Who do you think attacked the man travelling to Jericho in the parable of the good Samaritan? Control of the gate was therefore an important job because you could decide who came in and out of the city as well as who was going to be offered a cities safety, or not.

Like the other ‘I am’ saying of Jesus this one alludes to his messiahship. He is not a carpenter’s son, he is not an itinerant Rabbi, he is the Son of God who is the gate through which people enter into heaven. For his hearers who every day would have travelled through any number of city gates, this allusion would have been plain.

The fact he is calling others ‘robbers and thieves’ would also have been plain. Who were the others? People like the Pharisees who put everything into keeping the rules even if the rules did not make sense.

Is Jesus the gate to you? Do you rely on him for entry to heaven or are you trying to go over the wall and find your own way?

Prayer: Father I proclaim again today my faith in Jesus, he is the gate and in him do I trust both for this life and the life to come.

Action: Count how many times you go through a gate today? Who controls those gates? Remember you only need to trust in Jesus once.

This Thought was written by Norman Smith