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Why Jesus?

October 26, 2017

Jesus told a simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. Been there, done that, haven’t you? Yup. Oh wait…the point here’s not that we’re the ones being misunderstood, but that he was. And, yeah, I’ve been there and done that, too…I’ve misunderstood what Christ said…maybe you have, too.

So he tried again. Aha! The God of another chance! For which I’m eternally thankful, seriously. You, too? Glad we weren’t given up on.

“I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them.” Think I’ve known some. Hope I haven’t been one.

“But the sheep didn’t listen to them.” Uhm…some of us might have listened to them, and for longer than we’d care to admit. But, again, our Good Shepherd doesn’t give up on us.

“I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture.” Now it’s getting really good!

“A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy.” Back to the bad. What a contrast, eh? And all this back and forth is like a windshield wiper.

“I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” Like a well-working windshield wiper, this helps us see clearly who Christ is and what he offers us: “real and eternal life, more and better life than [we] ever dreamed of.”

Sure is a lot packed into this little paragraph of only five verses —

Jesus told a simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.  —  John 10:6-10.

 

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