I Am the Gate (Coloring Page)

I Am the Gate Coloring Page

Continuing with our series on the “I AM” statements of Christ, this week’s coloring page is based on John 10:7-9. Here Jesus proclaims, “I AM the Gate.”

In its entirety, this passage reads:

Therefore Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.’

I Am the Gate Coloring Page

I AM the Gate

When some folks hear the word “sheepfold”, they picture a modern day pen. A sheep pen is a small, fenced, often portable enclosure, like this:

portable sheep pen
[photo source]

If this is the mental image you get reading this verse, you are missing much of the meaning behind Christ’s calling Himself the Gate and the Good Shepherd. After all, I can see lots of ways to get into the pen above without going through the gate. One could climb over the fence, or tunnel under it, or slip between the rails on any side.

But this modern pen bears little resemblance to the sheepfolds of Jesus’s day. These were normally stone-walled structures, often built in front of caves or crowned with thorny brambles to deter anyone or anything from climbing over. They looked more like this:

Jesus said, "I AM the gate."

And since there was not an abundance of wooden or metal gates in those days, the shepherd would station himself at the entrance to the sheepfold to act as the doorkeeper. Nothing got in or out apart from his knowledge and consent.

And this sets up Christ’s next “I AM” statement: “I am the Way… no one comes to the father except through me.” Watch for the coloring page for that verse next week.

Print the Whole Series

If you’re interested in printing or coloring the other “I AM” statements in this series, you’ll find the ones I’ve already posted linked below:

More Scripture to Color

Want still more free printable coloring pages? You can access all my past “Scripture Sunday” posts by following this link. If you’d prefer a bound collection, check out my Color the Word coloring books below.

Color the Word Coloring Books by Jennifer Flanders

Or, if you enjoy writing as much or more than you enjoy coloring, take a peek at my devotional journals:

Devotional Journals by Jennifer Flanders

Until next week, happy coloring!

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