John 10:7, 9-10: “So he explained it to them: ‘I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.’”

A sheep gate lets the sheep in and keeps the wolves out. So the function of a gate is to either let someone in or to keep someone out. By the same token, Jesus says that He is the gate for all humans who want to enter in and enjoy His full protection. Jesus is our proverbial safe haven.

If you have lived more than a day, then most likely you have experienced life’s pressures, one way or the other. While life certainly has its precious moments, it is also true that life is a constant battle; there are lots of things competing for our attention, not all of them in our best interest. Whether we like it or not, we have an enemy who wants to bring us down, destroy us, and ultimately kill us. On the other side of the spectrum there is Jesus who is our advocate and friend; He has dedicated His life to save us, and He wants us to experience a meaningful life with a positive impact, a life that is a blessing.

God’s way of saving the world clearly has rubbed some of us the wrong way. We may think this is outrageous that God chose to become powerless and relinquish Himself into human hands. Letting go of His power and submitting to our limitations, how in the world could God save us this way? It doesn’t make any sense! Puzzling as this may seem, obviously God’s method of salvation is not ours to choose. The Trinity selected one of them, Jesus, to be the door opener to a fresh beginning for mankind. Through Jesus we are offered a reboot, a start over, however you want to call it, to wipe clean the past and introduce us to a brand new world – also known as the kingdom of God.

Jesus is the gate to this kingdom, and behind this particular gate amazing opportunities unfold. There is life in abundance, hope for the nations, and purpose for every life lived; most of all: we get a chance to know the Almighty, and that, my friend, is priceless!

I’m not one to second guess what angels have to say; but this is such a strange way to save the world. (David Allen Clark, Donald A. Koch, Mark R. Harris)

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