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)
For years the Jews anticipated the arrival of the Messiah. When Jesus tells them that I Am The Door He is declaring that He is the Messiah that they have been waiting for. Some felt He was insane and had a demon. Others wanted to arrest Him for blasphemy, but some believed that He was who He said He was. They understood that He was The Gate and they we were welcome.
Jesus, help me to truly believe you are who you say you are. Help me to believe that you welcome me, that you love me and that you desire to be in relationship with me.
1. Why did some believe and others reject Jesus as the Son of God?
What did Jesus say about those who believed Him?
What is significant about Jesus saying I Am The Door?
What problem do His hearers have with Him?