I Am The Door
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheep- fold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture
(John 10:1-9 ESV)
I can remember when I was a teenager, my family was burglarized. Someone broke into our home and took money as well as some things of sentimental value. I can still remember the scene. Glass was everywhere. Our belongings were strewn about. The intruder broke through a window and forced his way into our home. My family felt violated. Someone came into our home without being welcome.
A Door or a Gate is a symbol of being welcome. Jesus says I Am The Door. In other words He is the means by which we get to the Father. We have no access to God without our faith and trust being in Jesus. The only way that we enter into covenant with God is through The Gate.
Jesus is our access point to God.
Jesus, help me to understand that you welcome me. Today I am as welcomed by you as I ever will be. No matter how far I feel from you right now, I am welcome. Help me to worship you as my Savior.
Who is Jesus talking to?
What does Jesus say about Himself?
What does Jesus say about His followers?
What problem do His hearers have with Him?