What Jesus Did! 'The Shepherd Uses the Gate' — John 10:1-2

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. When a man enters the sheep pen, he should use the gate. If he climbs in some other way, then he is a robber. He is trying to steal the sheep. But the man that takes care of the sheep enters through the gate. He is the shepherd."
— John 10:1-2 NLT
Illustration of John 10:1-2 NLT —  When a man enters the sheep pen, he should use the gate.

Key Thought

If you want to know the attributes of God's shepherd, this is the chapter for you. Of course the ultimate Shepherd is God and Jesus comes to us God in human flesh. Jesus didn't sneak into a leadership position or hide himself and run some subversive movement. Instead, he publicly ministered to God's people in open sight. There were no secret meetings to determine policy and no clandestine rendezvous to plan the overthrow of the current leadership. Instead, Jesus did what he did openly before the people and in the presence of God. Any other way, and any other shepherd, is not to be trusted.

Today's Prayer

Father, bless me as I follow Jesus as my Shepherd. Thank you for his public ministry before the people. Thank you for sharing that ministry through the Gospels in the Bible. In Jesus' name I thank you. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 18:19-21
  • Acts 20:28-31
  • Mark 6:34


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.