Therefore Jesus said again, Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep
Jesus does not mince words. That is one thing I love about him, but it also terrifies me. Part of learning to hear his voice is coming to the realization that it is usually very blunt. The picture of Jesus sitting with folded legs under a tree’s shade spouting poetic interpretations of Old Testament love poetry couldn’t be further from the truth.
He’s clear, concise, truthful, and often brutal.
Here he does not raise himself to the status of a gate, one of many possible ways to enter the kingdom. No, he says he is the gate. There is no other. Everything else is a fence. Literally every other option only serves to keep you out of his Father’s land, only he can invite you in.
How does this help us understand his voice? His voice is an extension of his person and therefore carries with it the same purpose – to invite you into his Father’s land. It also serves to warn you when you are knocking on fences. That won’t get you in…that wont get you closer to God. I’m it.
Jesus is it and he is too jealous to let you chase anything else you believe might be a gate. He doesn’t mind hurting your feelings if it means saving your soul.
His words are sweet but they are not timid. His voice is soft but it is not weak.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”