“Safe Passage” ( John 10 : 7 – 10, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“So Jesus speaks again: ‘In truth, in very truth I tell you, I Am the door of the sheepfold. The sheep paid no heed to any who came before Me, for these were all thieves and robbers. I Am the door; anyone who comes into the fold through Me shall be safe. He shall go in and out and shall find pasturage. The thief comes only to steal, to kill, to destroy; I have come that men may have life, and may have it in all its fullness.’ ”

 

Jesus speaks of the thief climbing over the wall to enter the sheepfold in another way. The thief enters the sheepfold in order “to steal, to kill, to destroy” the sheep — sheep which do not belong to him. The thief is not the door into the fold. He is the one who must climb into the fold in an unorthodox way. He is actually most likely the “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” trying to fool his neighbors into believing he is one of them.

 

Jesus says His sheep do not pay attention to others, but only to Him. His sheep hear His voice, and follow Him into a safe pasture. There, in safety, Jesus’ sheep have the fullness of life.

 

This life is possible because Jesus is the door to it. The sheep are able to “go in and out” without fear of getting lost. Once a sheep has located the door, who is Jesus Christ, the pasture is easy to find. The world is no longer a dark place for the light shines through the door. Safe passage is guaranteed.

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