Friday, May 13th, 2016
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. John 10:1-6
Jesus is the Door of the sheep. Only those who have been cleansed from their sins through Jesus’ baptism and death can enter through the door.
In contrast, no matter what religion a person has believed or what good deeds he has done, cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The Lord came to this world for us and was nailed to the cross after taking all our sins by His baptism received from John the Baptist and entered through the door of the Kingdom of Heaven by resurrecting from His death. We must unite our hearts by faith in the working of God.
The passage above continues to enlarge us further on Jesus being the Door.
- The Lord As The Door Of The Sheep
In John 10:1, the Lord spoke gently but also with strong emphasis by illustrating the false leaders with words “a thief and a robber”. Isn’t this obvious? The Lord says the one who goes through the door is the Shepherd of the sheep. Every sheep recognizes its master well. Jesus said this because He directly knew the characteristics of the sheep. We must be careful who we are following in order to avoid from being deceived by false leaders. More so, only those who really know Jesus follow after Him. However, those who do not know Jesus will not follow Him because He is not their Saviour. We ought to believe in Jesus with our hearts andfollow Him if we truly believe that he has blotted all our sins through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Only then we can abide in God’s Church, listen to His Word, do what pleases Him and rejoice in His Word.
- The Lord As The Door To The Kingdom of Heaven
Jesus is also the doorkeeper of Heaven. Jesus personally became the Door of Heaven in order that we could receive remission of sins by believing in His baptism and death to enter Heaven. Anyone can enter the Kingdom of God after being cleansed through Jesus’ righteous act. Hence we must have deep relationship with Jesus by understanding and believing how Jesus really took our sins upon Himself and why He died in our place to save us in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. This would enable Jesus as the doorkeeper to watch over us at all times.
- The Lord As the Door Of Salvation And Blessing
We need to have faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness to receive and enjoy true salvation and blessings. We are rich beyond measure in regards to heavenly blessing. Jesus is the Door that renders wholesome salvation and blessing to a believer. True salvation and heavenly blessing contains our adoption, acceptance, redemption, forgiveness, wisdom, inheritance, the seal of the Holy Spirit, abundant life, grace and citizenship in the Kingdom of God in Christ. Our victorious daily life is very much dependent in how much we experience and enjoy the fullness of God’s salvation and spiritual blessings in Christ.
The Lord is our God. Jesus declared that He is the Door of the sheep because He has also become our Good Shepherd Who leads the flock of sheep to the correct door to feed us the Living Bread for our spiritual well being. On our part, when we believe in the Lord according to His Word then we could receive the perfect remission of sin through faith and become God’s children to attain eternal life.
For previous articles, please Click Here.
To visit New Creation Blog, please Click Here.