Day 6 – Christ, The Door

Unlike the people who listened to Jesus outside the Temple in Jerusalem, we are unfamiliar with shepherds, sheep and the sheepfold where they are safe protected by the door. But we understand a login with a specific username and password. How will we enter – through the door, or will we try to sneak in another way?

Read – John 10:1-10

You might say it was easier for Jesus to give sight to a man born blind than to open the eyes of the spiritually blind. But remember, the blind man in John 9 was healed because he obeyed Jesus’ word going to the Pool of Siloam to wash. The blind man could have responded differently and ignored what Jesus said. It was the man’s obedience to Jesus; it was hearing and doing that opened his eyes.

Twice Jesus says that He is the door; Jesus is your personal login. Will those who hear Him enter by the door or try to sneak in another way?

This is the struggle we find happening in John 10. Will the spiritually blind respond to Jesus’ words like the blind man and see, or will they reject what Jesus says choosing instead to remain in darkness? 

Jesus tells a parable of a shepherd and his sheep that those listening should have easily understood. This is something everyone in Jerusalem would be familiar with; it’s possible that from where Jesus spoke they could look into the valley or across to the Mount of Olives and see shepherds with their sheep safe and warm in a sheepfold. Jesus was using what was familiar to teach spiritual realities.

Two kinds of people would enter a sheepfold, shepherds and the thieves. The shepherd enters through the door, and his sheep recognize his voice and follow him. But a thief sneaks in another way, and though the sheep don’t know him, are afraid and unwilling to follow him, he gets away with as many as he can carry or steal away.

It’s like your online bank account. The bank knows you. Your access is granted through your personal login, a username and password. And if the bank notices anything unusual they will ask you a security question to verify your identity. But others would like to get their hands on your money. They are the hackers who sneak in another way taking not just your money, but as much as they can snatch and grab from as many accounts as possible.

Those listening to Jesus didn’t understand what should have been obvious, so He told them plainly,

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 listen to them.  I am the door. If anyone enters by 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. (Jn. 10:7-10).

Twice Jesus says that He is the door; Jesus is your personal login. Will those who hear Him enter by the door or try to sneak in another way?

Jesus is the door protecting the sheep; only the shepherd is given access to lead his sheep in and out. We can choose to recognize Jesus as the door; this gives us access. Through Christ we find life, and have it abundantly; the sheepfold is safe and secure and the pastures are lush and green.

On the other hand we can ignore Jesus. We can try to sneak in another way like the thief or hacker. Thieves have one agenda – wreak havoc by stealing, killing and destroying whatever they get their hands on.

Now remember who Jesus is talking to. He is with the disciples, the now seeing man born blind, Pharisees who are spiritually blind, and people amazed by the miracle of sight given to a man who had lived his whole life in darkness. How would this mixed crowd respond to Jesus’ words? Would they be like the blind man and do what Jesus said accepting Him as the door? Or would they remain spiritually blind ignoring Jesus trying to sneak in another way like a thief?

John will go on to tell us that the crowd is divided. Some reject Jesus as being out of His mind and demon possessed. Others marvel at His words understanding that a demon could never open the eyes of a blind man (see – Jn. 10:19-12).

Let’s take time today to dedicate ourselves to hearing and understanding the words of Jesus. May we not be spiritual hackers trying to find our own way into God’s kingdom. Let’s realize that Jesus is the only door; He is the username and password that provides us access to life and life abundantly!

LORD Jesus, I come to You today as the door. While others point to shortcuts and other ways to enjoy life, my desire is to come and go only through You. Holy Spirit give me wisdom to not be led astray, but to see clearly the way I am to walk.

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