Jn.10:7-9 – So Jesus went over it again, “I speak to you eternal truth: I am the Gate for the flock. All those who broke in before me are thieves who came to steal, but the sheep never listened to them. I am the Gateway. To enter through me is to experience life, freedom, and satisfaction.”
One of the first things I realized as a new Christian was how many voices there were out there trying to get me to go a different direction. Before I came to Christ I was never aware of all the different religious voices that were out there. When I met the Shepherd for myself the wolves started to gather around. I remember having conversations with members of a cult called the Children of God in those early days. They were following a false teacher by the name of David Moses. Then of course there was the Jehovah Witnesses trying to convince me that Jesus was not really God Himself. Then there were the Mormons with their special scrolls only to be read with the special glasses that their prophet had found. The funniest of all was the “Jesus only” people that were desperately trying to get me to cut my hair and “get a bath”. I guess they felt all hippies had hygiene issues. Thankfully this scripture was true, the “Gatekeeper” kept my heart from deception and kept me safe in His flock. Here is how Brian Simmons describes this passage:
“A sheep pen was an enclosure with walls and no roof that would often have the sheep of an entire village kept within. After the sheep were brought in for the night, it was common for the shepherd to sleep at the entrance so he could protect his sheep. Only the shepherds of the sheep would be recognized by that gatekeeper. Jesus is the one who will remain with his flock and keep his sheep living in peace and safety. His teaching (voice) will guard us from the unreliable teachers who want to steal our hearts and bind us to themselves. They steal and rob the affection that belongs only to Jesus, our kind shepherd.”
Almost fifty years have come and gone since I first came to Christ. He has watched over me faithfully for all these years. I suppose the scripture is absolutely true, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”.