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Jesus introduces another “I AM” signature. So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:7-10) This brings us to SECRET #48: The follower of Jesus relates to the Master as the door.
Every detail of the shepherd’s life lights up the picture of the Good Shepherd whose sheep hear his voice and whose constant care is for his flock. The Jews did not understand the meaning of the story of the Good Shepherd. So Jesus, plainly and without concealment, applied it to himself. He began by saying: “I am the door.” In this parable Jesus spoke about two kinds of sheepfolds. In the villages and towns themselves there were communal sheepfolds with a doorkeeper who had a key. This is why Jesus says, “But he who enters by the door is a 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.”
The hillside sheepfolds were just open spaces enclosed by a make-shift, wall. In them there was an opening by which the sheep came in and went out; but there was no door of any kind. At night the shepherd himself lay down across the opening and no sheep could get out or in except over his body. In the most literal sense the shepherd was the door.
That is what Jesus was thinking of when he said: “I am the door.” Through him, and through him alone, men find access to God. Jesus opens the way to God. Until Jesus came, men had no clear way to think about God. Jesus came to show men what God is like, and to open the way to Him. He is the door through whom you may make your way toward the God of gods. This image focuses on the role of Jesus fleshing out the invisible God of gods. This is where I like to share this statement: “Jesus is God here. God is Jesus everywhere!” It’s difficult, maybe impossible, to follow and relate to the invisible God. This is why Jesus is necessary! Jesus is God simplified!
If there ever was a man that was God in human flesh, he would be like Jesus. It makes sense then that Jesus is the most attractive, irresistible and relevant person who ever lived!
Jesus claims he came that men might have life and might have it more abundantly. The phrase used for having it more abundantly means to have a superabundance of a thing. To be a follower of Jesus, to know who he is and what he means, is to have a superabundance of life. When we try to live our own lives on our own, life is a dull, dispirited thing. When we walk with Jesus, there comes a new vitality, a superabundance of life and meaning.
Jesus as the door is much like Jesus is the way. However in the case of being the door, Jesus is the great protector of his sheep. He makes sure his sheep stay safely within the sheepfold and he makes sure that nothing that might threaten his sheep can come in. Jesus is the door for his sheep.