“Where’s the Fence!?”

On May 7, Pastor Katy preaches on John 10:1-10.

It’s “Good Shepherd” Sunday, so we turn to the 10th chapter of John. It’s the chapter where Jesus’ claim to be the “Good Shepherd” has resulted in countless paintings and artistic renditions of the gentle-faced shepherd carrying a wayward sheep on his shoulders. We picture this good shepherd who “lays down his life for the sheep” and claim the words of Psalm 23 that “the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,” and we find a profound comfort and assurance in the care of our savior. And then we reread the passage for today and realize that before Jesus is the good shepherd, he is the gate. Of the seven “I Am” claims of Jesus in the Gospel of John, his claim to be “The Gate” is perhaps the least understood. What is Jesus saying by claiming to be the gate for the sheep?