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)
In the Garden, the sin of Adam and Eve separated humanity from God. The righteous creator of the universe could not have fellowship with darkness. In our text, Jesus presents Himself as the solution to the fractured relationship between God and humanity. He announces Himself has the Son of God who has come to lay down His life for His people and claim those that are His.
Jesus did what we could not do. He lived perfectly and was murdered unjustly in order to provide a means by which we could receive salvation from our sin. The fracture was repaired.
Jesus became sin so that we could become the right- eousness of God.
Jesus, help me to never forget that you are love. Allow your greatest act of love – the cross – to be my focal point. Help me to live today in light of the love your love for me. Help me keep my eyes on you, knowing I am loved by you.
1. Why did Jesus have to offer Himself as a substitute for our sins?
2. What does this passage tell us about the love that God has for His people?
3. What can we do to maintain a focus on the cross and not be distracted by the cares of life?
4. What does passage tell us about God’s ability to forgive?