Week of 4/7 – 4/13: John 10:1-10

Sermon for 4/13/08

1 “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.   (NRSV)

·               The gate is an opening – not a barrier. The gate provides access, not prevents it.
Questions for reflection:  
·               Who is the Gate? The Gate Keeper? The sheep? What is the Sheepfold?
·               How are we like sheep with a shepherd? How do the sheep learn to, “know his voice…” v4?
·               What does ‘come in and go out and find pasture’ represent in our lives?
·               “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” Steal what? Kill what? Destroy what?
·               I have come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly.” How much of Christian faith, and the world’s encounter with Christians and Church communicates the idea of abundant life (notice, not wealthy, prosperous, rich, etc.. but abundant!)
·               What does it mean for us to be sent by Christ as he was sent by the Father ‘so that they may have abundant life’ in+flesh.
PRAYER: God who calls us and welcomes us, we praise you today. Enable us to hear you and none other. As we enter through the Gate, teach us to humbly lead others through, not as the source, but as travelers, as sheep seeking shelter, food & water – life abundant. Amen.
Upcoming Texts:
Week of 4/14 – 4/20:  John 14:1-14
Week of 4/21-4/27:  John 14:1-14; 20:19-23


NAS Verse Count: Greek Word: Quvra ~ Transliterated Word: thura
  1. a door
    1. the vestibule
    2. used of any opening like a door, an entrance, way or passage into
    3. in a parable or metaphor
      1. the door through which sheep go in and out, the name of him who brings salvation to those who follow his guidance
      2. “an open door” is used of the opportunity of doing something
      3. the door of the kingdom of heaven (likened to a palace) denotes the conditions which must be complied with in order to be received into the kingdom of God

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