Bible Reading: John 10.7, 9
So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. John 10.7
“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10.9
As we continue considering Jesus’ seven “I am” statements found in the Gospel of John, we come across what to us might seem the most obscure. When Jesus refers to himself as “the door of the sheep”, he’s actually clarifying his previous story in obvious terms his immediate listeners could easily comprehend. (John 10.1-7)
William Barclay gives us modern city dwellers some needed context by pointing out that the shepherds in Jesus’ day would keep their sheep out in the countryside overnight during the warm seasons of the year. The flock would be gathered into a sheepfold, or pen, that was simply an open space enclosed by a stone wall. These hillside sheepfolds had one opening for the sheep to come in and out, but there was no door or gate as we might expect. At night, the shepherd himself would lay down across the opening so no sheep could get out or in except over his body. So Jesus’ audience would have understood in a most literal sense, the shepherd was the door.
As lost sheep, we must come through the door of Jesus Christ to enter into a relationship with God. Furthermore, Jesus adds that HIs sheep can safely “go in and out and find pasture”. This was a common phrase his Jewish listeners would also have been familiar with. (Psalm 121:8, Deuteronomy 28:6, Numbers 27:17) It describes a life that is secure and safe. The normal worries and fears of life are gone.
Remember today that Jesus laid himself down to become the door to your eternal salvation, and through him you can experience freedom from fear and anxiety in this life as well.
Memory Verse: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8.28