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.’”

Imagine wide open spaces….imagine a fence-less society … hey, how about a fence-less world? “Yeah, dream on!” you might say. Well, it is dreams and hopes that keep us going, I think. John Lennon wrote in his song “Imagine”: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.” – And I couldn’t agree with him more! Most importantly, that’s God’s dream for our world today. God rolled up His sleeves and went to work to pave a way to the fulfillment of this dream by sending us the Prince of Peace. He is the gate to this dream, and this dream is definitely not a pipe dream. We will live to see a society built solely on love and mutual respect, a world where even animals will stop killing each other, a world void of crime and abuse, a world where we can devote our energies to build, create, invent, explore, interact, and inspire. I rest my case.

Unfortunately, as we all know, our world today is quite different. While life certainly has its precious moments, we devote most of our energies to battle; just take a quick look at our country’s budget to see how much money actually goes into warfare.

On a personal level we’re battling too. 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 to our soul. This enemy is somewhat mysterious and carries many different names: Lucifer, Devil, and Satan, just to name a few.  He may be mysterious, but his hate is very real and has affected all of us one way or the other. It’s on his agenda to bring us down, destroy us, and ultimately kill us. Thankfully, he got overwhelmingly defeated! That’s the reason why the dream of a world of peace is not dead. It will come true. We can bank on it.

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. Letting go of His power and submitting to our limitations, how in the world could God save us this way? It just doesn’t make much sense! Yet, puzzling as this may seem, obviously God’s method of salvation is not ours to choose.

The Trinity proceeded to select one of them, Jesus, to be the door opener to a new beginning for mankind. He conquered the devil by letting Himself get killed. Jesus upholds the principle of peace to His dying breath. That’s the principle of love, the kind of love that does not force, coerce, or take away. That kind of love beats evil. That kind of love brings about a fence-less society.

In a world full of fences and ongoing violence we are offered a different way of thinking and new code to live by. Jesus introduces us to this new world, starting in the here and now. He wants us to experience a meaningful life with a positive impact, a life that is a tremendous blessing, and friendship with God, which really is the greatest gift of all!

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