I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (John 10:9)
I am so glad I entered that door, I pray you have as well. For what better peace is there than to know that we rest secure with the Good Shepherd to watch over and guide us. Just as a shepherd watches over and protects his sheep from harm so too Jesus does for us, his sheep.
The 10th chapter of the Gospel of John begins with Jesus telling a story:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
But like us, those who were listening didn’t exactly get it.
This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10:6-15)
That’s just what he did on the Cross at Calvary. He laid his life down for his sheep, for those who believe in Him. Consider:
For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (1 Peter 2:25)
But Jesus didn’t die just for those who believe in him, no, he died for all, even unbelievers in the hope that one day they too will be in his fold.
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (John 10:16)
One Shepherd, one Door, one Way. One way to God, to the kingdom of heaven, only one. As the apostle Paul states in Ephesians.
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. (John 10:17-18)
This commandment is the same one we see back in Isaiah 53.
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
He died because of sin, our sin. He died while we were still sinners that we might one day come to him in believe.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Won’t you join the Good Shepherd’s fold and be numbered among the redeemed. If you haven’t already then why not do so today, right now. Let Jesus into your heart to lead and guide you, to save you, to keep and never forsake you. Lay down your weary burden and tiresome struggles.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Lay them at the Cross, give them to the Shepherd. He loves you. You. He doesn’t care that you are a hot mess – weak, broken, scarred, afraid, damaged, angry, hurt, bitter, depressed, depraved, lost. He sees past all that into your heart, he sees you as the you you can become in Him.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Join the fold, know the shepherd, enter THE DOOR.
Pray this prayer and ask Jesus into your heart.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I believe that Jesus died for me. That he paid for my sins on the cross and rose from the dead on the third day. I ask you to forgive me of my sins. I ask you to wash me clean of all sin. I put my faith and trust in Jesus as my only hope for living eternally with you in heaven. I ask Jesus to be my Savior and my Lord. I want to live my life for Christ. I understand that my salvation is not based on my works but on the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Thank you for saving me!