Prayer: Almighty God, open my mind and heart through your Word to the needs around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Fourth Sunday of Easter
7 So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.
Our devotion writer is reminded of today’s text through a story of a lost kitten. The neighbor’s kitten had come through a fence, but could not find its way back through the gate. Fortunately, the neighbor came out before the kitten was thrown back over the fence, so they were able to return the cat with outstretched arms.
Jesus, is our Good Shepherd. He is also the one who is the gate. He is the way through. Like sheep, Jesus calls to us to come and go to green pastures and still waters. We know His voice and will not follow a stranger. Jesus calls to all people, but not all will listen. For those who hear His call will follow Him and only Him and have life in abundance.
Our devotion writer explains; “Jesus says he is the gate. He invites people to come and enter, to come in and go out, and find pasture…Jesus stands to welcome all who come to him, but more importantly, he stands as the way to welcome…Sometimes we lose our way; sometimes we don’t know where to go; sometimes we need a hand along the way. For all of us, Jesus comes to us so that we may have life and have it abundantly.”
Prayer: “Jesus our life, may your abundant hospitality be our way of life. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus the Good Shepherd
10 “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7 So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.