Maybe it is just me, but I saw some parallels between this Scripture and President Obamas inauguration today. not tyring to over spiritualize things mind you - but something that just stood out to me.
Jesus mentions that those who enter the gate "that's Him" do so because they hear and know His voice. All other voices He said led people astray and most didn't follow them. People want to follow a voice. A voice of hope, a voice of freedom, a voice of provision a voice of salvation. They think that a man, an organization, an institution or a tradition is their answer. I am not bashing our new President because people put their faith in him. People have been putting their faith in men and women for thousands of years, this is nothing new. But as before, they will be let down. No I am not prophesying that President Obama will fail. I am telling you that there is no man or woman on this earth that can do what Jesus has done and is doing today. We will change presidents today, but . . .
... over 2,000 years ago there was another changing of the guard. Jesus said, in verse 11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." Jesus said that He was the new gate that people would be able to go through. That there they would be able to find what they were looking for. Peace, hope, joy, security, provision, love and so much more. Not because they put their faith in a man - but because they placed their faith in and turned their life over to the Son of God - Jesus!
Our author says, "The good shepherd didn’t just love you in sacrifice, He loves you in your daily life." Sometimes we forget that Jesus not only loved us the day He died for us - but that He still loves us today. through our mistakes, faithless moments, trials, frustrations and difficult circumstances where we struggle - He doesn't think any less of us nor does He give up on us - ever. He loves us everyday.
Dear Lord, please help me to remember that you love me. I get so caught up in the days events that I sometimes forget that You are even here. Help me remember that my faith is in you. Not in the government, or religion, or traditions. Help me remember to live my life daily for You and You alone. You are the source of my strength against my own carnal desires. You are the source of my hope when times gets dark. You are the source of my life when I feel otherwise. I love you Lord, and I life my voice to worship You, My souls rejoices. Take joy my King in what you hear. Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ears. In Jesus name I pray - Amen!