Lenten Devotional, March 14 – Deb Nelson

I AM the Door – John 10:9
What does Jesus mean by this “I Am”? Explain the metaphor.

John 10:9 “I am the Gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.”


I have a little bit of knowledge about sheep and believe me it is a little. My brother and sister-in-law have sheep on our family farm. Truth is – they are my sister-in-law’s and she watches over them, keeps them safe, feeds them, loves them and they trust her. When she calls for them to come to her because she is ready to feed and nourish or she wants to protect them in the barn from the cold or even worse the coyotes, they trust her. They come through the door to her.

By nature, sheep are followers and quite helpless if lost or threatened by predators. Sheep are totally dependent on the shepherd who tends them, cares for them, protects and guides them. When their shepherd calls them, they recognize his voice and they follow where he leads (she in the case of my sister-in-law). In Jesus’ time, the shepherd would lead them through gates to a safe place to rest at night and then the shepherd would lay down in the gate to keep them in and to keep predators out. They were safe. And the next morning, the shepherd would lead them out of the gates to pasture and the cycle continued.

Jesus is calling himself the gate through which the sheep are brought to safety in John 10:9. We are the sheep and if we enter that gate (or door), he is telling us we will be saved. Coming through the gate is a picture of salvation and Jesus provides us with all our needs and protects us from danger.

We enter the door by putting our trust in Jesus and believing in him as Christ, the Son of God. Have you taken that step? Lent is a perfect time for us to think about studying how Jesus, the Good Shepherd guides and protects us. Come through the door.

Dear Lord Jesus, Guide us to and through your door. Grow our faith and trust in you and guard us in all that we do. Amen.