Daily Reading: John 10:1–10
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. (John 10:9)
The grass is greener on Jesus’ side of the fence. When we go through Jesus for our salvation instead of trying some other way, everything is better. Even the grass must be greener. This is what John means when Jesus is described as our gate.
In ancient days, the shepherd often slept in front of the gate in order to provide ultimate protection for the sheep. This was done because if one sheep was lost, it could cost the shepherd his life. It was also the shepherd’s responsibility to make sure his sheep were led to a plentiful pasture. Someone had to make sure the sheep were fed well. In a similar way, Jesus provides us with the greatest protection against the eternal damnation of sin. In fact, He gave His life for our forgiveness. Jesus also, as our Good Shepherd, has provided us with abundant life that is ready to be consumed by us now and for eternity.
Real rest and contentment in life that lasts forever can be found today by placing ourselves under Jesus’ care. We, like sheep, have gone our own ways. We think we can take care of ourselves. Yet, we all know the grief we’ve caused by following just about everyone and everything else but Jesus. Freedom in Christ does not mean being left to our own devices. It means living in the good, green pasture on Jesus’ side of the fence.
Open your heart to Jesus Christ. Open your entire life to His goodness.
Jim Dunn is the Executive Director of Church Multiplication and Discipleship for The Wesleyan Church.