I Am The Door
In John 10 there is a parable which shows the relationship between Jesus Christ and those who are His – that of the Door. In the first few verses, we see Christ enter by the door. Later He says that He is the Door. It is important to look through the entire passage so that we don’t blur the meanings of these two.
Christ’s entered through the door
“He who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”
In the time of Christ, shepherds would enter cities and leave their sheep in a sheep gate. When they had finished their business, they would come back and call their sheep out, returning to the pastures.
Jesus entered Judaism by birth, but there were many sheep in the fold who were not His. He called out to the people, and those who knew His Father recognized His voice and came to Christ.
Christ is the door
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
As the Good Shepherd, Christ takes His sheep out to where they can find pasture. In the wilderness there were small structures that shepherds could use for their sheep at night. These structures would be walled, but without a door. The shepherd would sit in the doorway and become the door. Now, to enter the fold of God, one must go through the Jesus Christ, the Door.
Enter by the door
God was far off from those He loved. There seemed to be no hope to make a connection with such a holy God. Yet as the Son of God calls out to those who have trusted by faith and they recognize Him as the Messiah, we see that God has provided a way of entry! What about the gentiles? Is there any hope for them? Thankfully Christ speaks of those who are His that are not of Israel. The Door opens to all those who believe, and speaks of a secure place in which we find our blessing: “in Christ”. Jesus Christ is the entry point to being a part of God’s family. You cannot truly be in the fold of God without first entering by the Door, Jesus Christ.