Feb. 10, 2021, John 10:1-10
John 10:1-10 is one of the more well-known passages in the Gospels. Just after this passage, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.”
Jesus is the good shepherd. He did lay his life down for you and for me. He laid his life down so that we may have an abundant life now and for eternity.
There is nothing more important than that. Jesus loves you and laid his life down for you. However, I want to spend just a few moments and focus on the very beginning of this passage and ask one very simple question.
I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! John 10:1
I wonder what is sneaking over the wall in your life.
In Jesus' day, thinking about sheep, it was quite obvious who the thieves or the robbers could be. For us, today, it may not be something that we are aware of. However, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. This story about sheep, robbers and shepherds isn’t a story that solely lives in the past. It is a story that comes alive in our lives today.
Addiction. Anger. Comparison. Hurt. Loss. Lack of Health. COVID. Loneliness. Anxiety. Depression. Fear. Confusion. Lack of Purpose. Jealousy. Envy. Doubt.
The list could go on and on, couldn’t it? I wonder what is on your list.
There are a lot of things that we experience every day that ‘sneak over the wall’ in our lives. Your list, whatever it is, is exactly what Jesus is talking about in this passage.
It is to your list that Jesus says, “I am the GOOD shepherd.” He is the one who laid his life down so that all the things on your list would be defeated – they would be put to death.
Receive this good news – God loved you so much that he sent his Son into the world so that, through believing in him, you would have eternal and abundant life!
Questions for reflection:
- What is on your list of things that steal life from you?
- What does abundant life look like to you? Be specific!
- Try this prayer with me: God I know that you are good. I know and trust that you sent your son, Jesus, into the world for me. God, I give you ________ (insert the things that steal life from you). I ask that you remind me that you put the power of those things to death. And because of your resurrection, I ask that you give me more of _______ (insert answer to question #2) I thank you God and pray this in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, Amen.