What do Noah’s ark, a house, a temple, and a sheepfold all have in common? They all have one door, and only one. Today we are going to see that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Door.
Then said Jesus unto them again, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”John 10:7-10
The ark that saved Noah and his family from the flood had but one door, which God alone had the power to open and close. The entire time that Noah was building the ark, he preached to the people, warning them of the judgment to come, and inviting them to enter the ark with him and his family. There was plenty of room, but no takers. At the appointed time, God shut the door, and judgment rained—literally. When the flood waters had receded, God opened the door so that Noah, his family, and the animals could step off the ark. They were the only survivors of the judgment because they were the only ones who had passed through the door.
Old Testament Hebrew houses were built with one door. During Passover, each family sacrificed a spotless lamb and applied its blood to the door. During this feast, the children of Israel remembered the night in Egypt when the Angel of God came through the land to take the life of every firstborn child among man and beast. God had said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” And He kept His promise. If you look upon the blood-stained doorposts, you will see a shadow of the cross, and an image of Jesus Christ, God’s Passover Lamb. I wonder if the Israelites washed their doorposts after Passover, or if they allowed the blood stains to weather away. Perhaps some of them left the stains there, for as long as they would stay, as a reminder that the only way into the family of God is through the blood of His Passover Lamb.
There was one door to the Tabernacle, and later to the Temple. Inside, one door opened to the Holy Place, and from there one door led to the Holy of Holies, whereby the high priest passed through once a year with blood to make atonement for the sins of the people. This last door was actually an extremely heavy veil, a curtain. When the Lord Jesus died upon the cross, that curtain was torn from top to bottom. No one but God could have done that. The Holy of Holies, which once had been reserved only for the high priest to enter once a year, was no longer needed. Why? Because now Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest had taken His own blood and sprinkled it on the altar before the holy Father in heaven, and even now He is interceding for us there. And because of His finished work on the cross, we may all enter boldly to the throne of God.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:14-16
Shepherds and Thieves
The shepherd would corral his sheep into a fenced area that had only one door, counting them as they passed. In Jesus’ day, the same corral was used by many shepherds. When the shepherd was ready to lead his sheep to the pasture, he called them by name, and they followed him through the door because they knew his voice. When Jesus said, “I am the door of the sheep,” very likely He was standing near one such corral and used it as an object lesson. There were, in fact, many object lessons in the image before them of the sheep and the shepherd, but today our focus is on the door.
Jesus was telling them that there is only one way to enter His sheepfold. In other words, there is only one way to enter heaven—through Him. He is the door by which all men, women, and children come to God. Period. Anyone who tries to lead others in by another way is a thief and robber, Jesus said.
Truly, truly, I say unto you, he who enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.John 10:1
Referring to Himself as the door, Jesus first spoke in a parable about the religious leaders of the day, referring to them as shepherds and hirelings. Some were pointing people toward the Messiah, but many others were leading them away from the truth, perverting the truth with error. Jesus said it this way:
“He who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.”John 10:2-5
The listeners would have understood the behavior of sheep with a shepherd, but they could not make the connection with what Jesus was trying to teach. So He said it more plainly.
I AM the Door
“Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”John 10:7-10
Wow! Not just life, but abundant life! That’s what Jesus gives. Won’t you enter the Door that opens to eternal life?
There is one other door mentioned in the Bible, and this one can only be opened by you. It is the door to your heart. The Lord Jesus is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. He wants you to enter the Door of the sheep. He wants you in His flock. But He will not force you. Read His words from the final book of the Bible:
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.Revelation 3:20
Yes, it is that easy. Just open the door to your heart, and Jesus will come in and have fellowship with you. I’m here to tell you there is no better friend than Jesus. There is no other Savior. And there is no other way to heaven than by entering through the Lord Jesus Christ, the Door.
When my children were small, I taught them a little chorus that went like this:
One door, and only one, and yet its sides are two;
Inside, and outside. On which side are you?
One door, and only one, and yet its sides are two;
I’m on the inside. On which side are you?
That is the question I leave you with today—On which side are you?
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