The Door

By Gina Elmes

John 10:9, NKJV
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
Jesus made the above statement claiming, “I am the door.” By this, He was claiming:To be God,To be the only way to salvation, andHope to those who choose Him as their Shepherd.First of all, when God appeared to Moses and gave him the mandate to speak to Pharaoh, He told him to say ‘I Am that I Am sent you’ (Exodus 3:14). Jesus, by saying, ‘I am…’ was making this claim. He was fully God as well as being fully man.

Secondly, Jesus made the claim that He was the way, the door into salvation. He didn’t claim to be ‘a door’, one of many out there. According to Jesus, not all paths lead to God. If you enter into Jesus, you can live your life (and you will go in and out and find pasture) knowing He is shepherding you and taking care of you. Shepherds in Jesus time would put their sheep in a pen that had high walls of stacked up stones and around it and the shepherd would lay across the opening of the pen, as if they were the door, assuring no wolves or harm came to the sheep. This was what Jesus was promising those who chose to enter into His sheepfold; He would offer salvation to every area of your life.

Lastly, Jesus as our door is foreshadowed in the Old Testament in the book of Hosea (2:15, TLB) where it is written:

There I will give back her vineyards to her and transform her Valley of Troubles into a Door of Hope. She will respond to me there, singing with joy as in days long ago in her youth after I had freed her from captivity in Egypt.

Here, God is promising His children that He would provide a Door of Hope in their deepest valley of affliction and captivity. This Door is Jesus and He makes a way where there is no way (Isaiah 43). When there seems to be no way out of your time of deep discouragement you can call on Jesus, to save you as He promised, remembering that He is true and there is no lie in Him.
God bless,

Gina

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24th December 2019

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