Devotion for June 20, 2020

“So Jesus again said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.’” (John 10:7)

Jesus calls Himself the Door, the entrance into the sheepfold. If you want to belong to the flock, God’s family, you must enter through Jesus. Later, Jesus will say that He is the Way, because no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).

This is the Scandal of Particularity. There is only one particular way a person can be saved through faith in Jesus Christ. Not through his moral efforts or self-salvation works, and the secularist won’t discover the truth through the probing of human reason. The world finds this biblical truth scandalous. Perhaps you are a bit scandalized by the condemnation of unbelievers as well.

Our sins merit condemnation. Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world. In Christ there is forgiveness. This is why He is the only Door and the only Way.

It is the Spirit who leads us to the Door and who puts us on the Way. He brings the Word to all nations, so that we might hear the voice of our Shepherd, follow Him, and receive abundant life.

Almighty and ever-living God, You fulfilled Your promise by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit to unite disciples of all nations in the cross and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. By the preaching of the Gospel spread this gift to the ends of the earth; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Stay encouraged!
Pastor Mike

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