Is It a Door or a Gate? Does It Matter?

 

In writing this blog post, I was going to just put up a picture of a door and put up the verse from John 10:9 where Jesus says,

I am the door

When I went to Biblegateway.com to make sure I had the quote correct, I looked at several versions of the Bible and was surprised to see: “I am the GATE.” Doing some research, I found that the word in the Greek – Thura – means DOOR or GATE. The definition and usage can be:

  • a door or gate where sheep go in and out of the sheepfold
  • the open door is also used as – the opportunity of doing something

It doesn’t really matter whether it is door or gate, however, looking at the passage in John and coming from a farming area, I guess I like to think of the gate outside the farmer’s pasture where the sheep are kept safe. I visited sheep on a friend’s farm once and kept thinking about how they follow the leader. They listened to the shepherd/farmer. As soon as he opened the gate and called, they came running. They knew it was time for food (which my granddaughter, Micayla helped to feed to them).

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Years ago I studied a book by Chuck Swindoll where he talked about the sheep and the shepherd.

  • Sheep are totally dependent upon their shepherd. We are like the sheep – we need a leader: The Good Shepherd (Jesus Christ).
  • The flock was kept in a sheep pen in the country. This was a rock circle with a small opening. The shepherd slept across the opening, acting as the gate to keep the sheep in and the predators out.
  • When the flock was kept in the city, they would be mixed with several other flocks in a large sheepfold. The doorkeeper would guard the door during the night. The shepherd would return in the morning and call their sheep; each sheep knew their shepherd’s voice. The shepherd would lead them out to pasture.

Jesus is telling us that He is The Shepherd of His sheep (us), and The Door/Gate for the sheep. Salvation is possible only when we go through The Door/Gate believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior through believing in The Shepherd. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

What a glorious promise – we have abundant life with Christ when we enter The Gate. There is safety, grace, spiritual nourishment and life everlasting on the other side.

I am the gate

Praying you go in and out and find abundant nourishment, safety, peace and everlasting life in Christ’s pasture ~ Faye

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Posted on November 27, 2017, in God's Blessings, Leading, Meditating on God's Word, Transforming and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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