18th June 2019

I Am The Door

“Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.’”
John 10:7 (NKJV)

During His time on earth Jesus lived in an agricultural economy. Animals were very important and ownership of them signified wealth. So in establishing his identity as God, Jesus used themes the people could relate to, perhaps more than we do now.

So at that time shepherds guided their flocks into enclosures at night to protect them. These enclosures had no doors so the shepherd either sat or lay in the opening to protect his, or his employer’s sheep. So when Jesus said, “I am the door of the sheep,” the people understood that He meant that He was the protector of the sheep.

In verse 9 He said again, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” At this point it is doubtful if the people understood that He was talking about more than just protecting sheep. In fact He was establishing His identity as God and talking about his followers as sheep. Only God has the power to protect us totally and bring us safely to the resurrection and eternal life, despite whatever may happen to us in our physical lifetimes. It is not about us living a charmed life and not having problems; it is about God’s total control of the lives of all humanity. Not absolute control in the sense of curtailing our freedom of choice, but total control so that even our bad decisions and mistakes do not damage our relationship with God.

Just as sheep can stray, get onto bad pasture, be threatened by predators, fall into ditches, break through hedges and need the loving guidance of their shepherd, so it is with us. This part of His identity as God shows us both love and reassurance that we are safe in His hands. It assures us that if Christ be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).

Prayer
Loving Father, we are so grateful that we have Your Word, the Bible, and now can understand the true identity of Jesus as God, and as our Lord and Saviour. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick
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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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