#351 Jesus is the Door John 10:9
I was afraid to “open the door,” afraid to enter an unpredictable experience.
But Jesus is the door!
“I am the door; if anyone enters through me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9
He is our access to Life.
“Since then it is by faith that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of grace, and here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things he has for us in the future.” Romans 5:1-2, also 3-11 Phillips
One type of a sheep fold is here described:
Jesus said that He is the “door of the sheep”. What did He mean? Well, a sheepfold during Jesus’ time had no door which could be opened and closed. The door of the sheepfold was just an opening. In this kind of sheepfold, after the sheep had entered it, the shepherd would sleep at the entrance. The shepherd became, effectively, the “door” of the sheepfold.
He is our access to protection, to rest, to nurturing experience.
Every experience goes through Jesus first, before it reaches us.
As I dreaded some disciplinary discussions with two employees I reminded myself, “Jesus is the door.”
I experienced a conflict that challenged my peace and I reminded myself, “Jesus is the door.”
There was an unexpected “disappointment” and I reminded myself, “Jesus is the door.”
We are afraid to “open the door,” afraid to enter an unpredictable experience.
But Jesus is the door.
And he is predictably trustworthy.
There is no fear in encountering Jesus, for his love is proven, and his intentions beyond question.
“I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.” John 10:11