Friday, December 05, 2008

Jesus is the What, now? (2) - Passage Lookup: John 10:7, 9-10
9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Several points here:
1 - life and to the full.  This isn't some ascetic thing. There's joie de vivre implied here.
2 - the gate as a metaphore implies entrance and exit, as does his statement in 9[a].  What do we make of that?  Probably nothing, but ...
3 - he sets himself up in comparison against a thief.  Who's the thief?

If we move on and don't over-isolate on this passage, we see later Jesus makes a comparison that he is the good shepherd.

I get it when the jews say he's raving mad.  Some of these things make my brain hurt.


Derin Beechner (Durk Niblick) said...

So what kind of gate, I mean I am sure this was culturally relevant imagery. So start with the gate. Then let's move on to what the thief steals. Is it a pasture gate? Thief comes to steal sheep? That is familiar Sunday School/church imagery...I just want to make sure that is really what we are talking about.

JoeBoy said...

When I think of all of Jesus' "I Am" statements, they make my brain ache.
Not because they don't make sense, but because I don't understand them ;-)> .
Part of the problem is that I don't have language to express what I'm really trying to ask.
I just feel like we're only scraping the outer layer of this onion. Maybe I'm trying to make simple things complex.

Derin Beechner (Durk Niblick) said...

No, I think genuine growth happens when we start to ask the tough questions. It may get messy...It may shatter what we were taught. That's OK.

masbury said...

"they make my brain ache" - Oh, man, that's a good sign! I'm sure that's the intent!

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