So far in John 10 Jesus has been setting the scene and putting markers in the sand for the themes that He will now go deeper into. The first has us focus on “the gate”. The gate is a defining characteristic of the sheep. It determines the ability to go in and out of a place of safety. When we choose to go out of the gate, that’s only the start. There are more choices to make: will we follow the one who knows the best for us, or do our own thing? When we hear Jesus say, “I am the gate”, will we choose to go His way?