Lenten Devotional: Wednesday, April 10
“I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.” John 10: 9
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” John 10: 14-16
“For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have the power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.” John 10: 17-8
Jesus is talking about his role and the role of his (religious) opponents through the figure of speech of being the shepherd. They did not understand what he was saying to them. He then becomes emphatic and says “I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved…” He is the gate into God’s fold.
“I know my own and my own know me…” I ask myself whether I truly know him or am I one of the “other sheep” that must still be brought into the fold so I will listen to his voice?
“So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” “…because I lay down my life…” Jesus is foreshadowing his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension for the salvation of all people, for all of the “one flock”.
The Lenten season is a time to slow down to reflect and strive for spiritual growth. I pray for God’s help to quietly listen to the call of the good shepherd.
I long for your salvation, O LORD,
and your law is my delight.
Let me live that I may praise you,
and let your ordinances help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
seek out your servant, for I do not
forget your commandments. (Psalm 119: 174-176)