Day 31

I am the Door of the Sheep

from the Lent 2016 reading plan


John 10:1-10, Acts 4:8-12, Romans 5:1-5

This is part of a 10-day series on the person of Christ in the 2016 Lent study.

In different seasons of your life, different things stand out in Scripture. In other words, you read a little differently—the same words, but your eyes and ears are drawn to different places. As I read the New Testament these days, in my late forties, I am consistently bowled over by how brazen Jesus is. This is witnessed by the Gospel writers, and exists in equal measure in the descriptions of Him throughout the rest of the New Testament.

Can’t you see Jesus walking by the seashore, a train of people following Him as He waves His arm out over the deep blue and says, “See all this? I made it.”

And can’t you hear some in the crowd say, “Wait, what?! What did He just say?”

It’s as if Jesus believes His own press. In today’s verses from John’s Gospel, Jesus calmly, clearly, and brazenly announces that He is the one and only way in, so to speak. Jesus is the door of the sheep.

Can’t you hear them again? “Wait, what?! What did He just say?”

The poet David Whyte uses a phrase from time to time: the arrogance of belonging. I’ve long loved that phrase, and I believe it describes Jesus perfectly. To many back then (and many still today) who heard His claims of being the One, their response was How arrogant! If not, How crazy!

But the Son of Man’s arrogance was not of earthly origins like mine and yours. His was divine, with a brazen, face-set-like-flint confidence that He belonged to that particular place and time, that He was on a specific mission to seek and to save the lost, and that nothing would distract Him from that goal. Far from some boast-and-swagger show-off, Jesus was simply telling the truth: “I AM the door of the sheep.”

That kind of particularity has always been scandalous—a stumbling block, a stone to be crushed by if we’re not careful. To loudly proclaim in today’s culture that there is only one way in regard to anything will more than likely get us crucified in some way, shape, or form. Things really haven’t changed that much, have they?

We can respond to Jesus’ claim that He is the door of the sheep with the exact same tone as some of the people back then: Wait, what?! With hearts full of bitterness and doubt.

Or we can respond with a different tone: Wait, what?! With hearts strangely drawn to this brazen voice willing to tell the truth about the only door to the Father’s great love, even if it kills Him.

How do you respond?

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10 thoughts on "I am the Door of the Sheep"

  1. Isaac Jones says:

    Jesus is the only way. Jesus is God and we can know because He stands as a testimony fulfilling the prophecies and doing the works only God can do.

  2. Isaac Jones says:

    There are many who lie about God and try to steal away the faithful. There are many men trying to rob the faithful saying “give us your money”. There are many who try to destroy the faithful with slander “we are free in Christ we do not have to worry about that teaching.” “He is just being legalistic.” “That is just your interpretation.”

  3. Isaac Jones says:

    Jesus is the only way. There is no other. All who try other ways are false.

  4. Isaac Jones says:

    I will follow Jesus and enter through the gate.

  5. Isaac Jones says:

    Heavenly Father,
    Please keep me on the path of truth. Deliver me from evil so I can serve you well. Please forgive me of my sin and lead me to faithfulness. To you belong all glory honor, and praise; amen.

  6. Daniel says:

    We have tried to build our own systems; time and time again, they will fail us. We cannot be saved by any invented system apart from Christ.

  7. Daniel says:

    God is the only door to salvation; and the only door by which we can be lead to save others.

  8. Daniel says:

    It is a saving driven system; even for those who would build alternative approaches and false salvations, God maintains grace and love to.

  9. Daniel says:

    I will seek and grow in having a grace such as this.

  10. Daniel says:

    Lord, help me to grow and abound daily in developing a heart of grace, love, and a continually growing fire for the salvation of all creation. Amen.

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