The Gate and Light
Scripture Reading: John 10:7-13
…whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.
…”I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
As we said in yesterday’s devotional, Jesus went about teaching what the name “I AM” means. The Jewish people had studied it for generations and reverenced it to the nth degree. Unfortunately, they did not understand the personal nature of God for their daily lives. Jesus came to explain God’s personal nature. Jesus lived it and taught it so everyone could get it—if they chose to.
In our scriptures for today, Jesus explains that the great “I AM” means that a gate has been provided for God’s people to enter His pastures. Jesus continued with the analogy of light. He said He is the light for a dark world. I AM means we can enjoy the care and protection of our God. We can walk in His ways by following the Spirit He puts in us: His light!
There are many gates, but only one leads to being saved. When we decide on Jesus, we enter His gate and find salvation for our soul. He, the Great Shepherd of the sheep (Hebrews 13:20-21), will protect and care for our every need. The Great Shepherd does not expect us to be strong on our own. He knows we cannot defend ourselves from the evil one and all his schemes. Our only hope is going into His lush pastures and living within His “gated community.”
We will no longer walk in darkness when we enter His gate. He is the light our hearts had desperately longed for and needed. With Him our eyes are open to spiritual truths and eternal values. We no longer “chase the wind” of material pleasures.
“Father, I run to you again today. I want to learn to stay in your love and protection. Let your light shine down on my path and I will follow. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”