December 05, 2011

Jesus, the Gate for the Sheep

John 10:1-10

Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.”
John 10:7


Jesus, the Son of God, said of himself, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.”

Jesus is the gate of salvation. There is salvation in no other name but in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12).

He is the way to God. “I am the way and the truth and the life,” he said. “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Jesus is the only “mediator between God and human beings” (1 Timothy 2:5).

He is the gate to heaven and the door of liberation. Whoever enters through this door is not a prisoner, but finds true freedom. Jesus said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

There are doors that will lead you into captivity, into prison, into despair. Those doors lead to all sorts of sin and eventually to death.

But Jesus is the door through which you can find abundant provision and freedom.

When you enter through this door, you will find green pastures and a full, abundant, joy-filled life. Jesus came to give you abundant life. He is true life.

Right now you can experience this eternal life. Superlative, abundant, eternal life! Are you ready to truly live?

O God, all the “freedoms” we try outside of Jesus turn into slavery. Help us to find freedom in Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Hernandes Lopes

Rev. Hernandes Dias Lopes grew up in a Christian home in Brazil. Following his 1981 graduation from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Campinas, Brazil, he served two congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Brazil. In 2000, he earned a doctor of ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Rev. Lopes has been the voice of the television program Verdade e Vida (“Truth and Life”) since 2006. In 2010 he was appointed Portuguese ministry leader for Back to God Ministries International. Rev. Lopes and his wife, Tinha, have two college-age children.

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