Wednesday Night Recap

 

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our discussion of Jesus’ “I am” sayings with a look at His claim to be the “Gate for the Sheep.”

“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The their comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

1) What does this passage teach us about God?

The only way to God is through belief in His son, Jesus Christ. We discussed that at first glance this makes God seem unfair. Why do people have to believe in Jesus? Shouldn’t all good and well meaning people have access to heaven?

Carol pointed out that God is both perfect love and perfect justice. God’s justice demands a penalty for sin and God’s love sent His son to pay the price.

Grady added that entry to heaven is open to all who believe. Therefore, it isn’t God who keeps you from heaven those who refuse to enter through the gate exclude themselves.

This passage also teaches that God wants the best for His children. He wants to provide for our needs. And give us abundant life.

Tom noted that it is the enemy who lies and seeks to destroy. Following him will always lead to despair and destruction.

2) What does this passage teach us about people?

While many are willing to accept Jesus as savior fewer are willing to accept Him as Lord of their lives. We are to often seduced by the promises of the devil. It can be difficult to surrender control. Jesus didn’t say it would be easy just that it would be worth it.

The passage also teaches that there will be no shortage of people or organizations who claim they know the way to heaven. These people will lead many to destruction.

3) What does this passage teach us about the relationship between God and people?

We worship a God who loves and cares for us but He leaves to us the choice to follow. We must be diligent in fleeing from the devil and obeying the commands of Christ.

Next week John 11.

See you Wednesday.

John

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