I am the door whoever enters through me will be safe.
- Jews who believe in Him and follow him
- Jews who do not believe in Him and challenge Him
To those who believe He tells them, in John 8:31, if you hold to my teachings; you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. To those unbelieving Jews He says in verse 42 if God were your father, you would love me. Verse 44 says you belong to your father the devil and you want to carry out your father's desire.
Jesus knew they wanted to murder Him. In chapter 8 He clarifies what is in their hearts. Then in chapter 9 Jesus heals a blind man. A whole city is stirred by the healing and it causes a firestorm. Jesus opens a door of healing. What are they going to do with it? The healed blind man is brought before the Pharisees. He is asked how did it happen? They did not like the response so they excommunicated him. He was put out of their community and the door was shut.
This all leads to John chapter 10. Angry unbelieving people did not like this open door to healing. JOhn 10 begins with Jesus declaring I am the shepherd. He says He knows who are His. If you try to enter the sheepfold another way, you are a thief and a robber. Jesus strengthens the imagery of sheep and shepherd again. He speaks clearly. You fight with my words and you fight with this healing, but let me make it clear I am the door.
The Pharisees did not celebrate this healing event. Instead they put the blind man out of their community. They cared about other things. To this Jesus says in John 10:9 I am the door ... [if anyone]. To exclusiveness Jesus brings inclusiveness to all. Yest these Pharisees miss it. How could they? What is our reality? Jesus remains the door. Is the door our life what leads to death, false doors, and mazes?
What idols exist in our lives in which we resist Jesus? Is it perfectionism, the need to control, the need for power, the vain chase for success that leaves you never contented, the desire for fleeting beauty, self pride, arrogance, everyone beneath you, or your intellect that must be satisfied by your need to know? These pursuits can be good, but they are horrible gods. There is no redemption with them. They do not value a relationship with God and they do not produce eternal life. Jesus leaves us with a beautiful promise that if we follow Him, we will be saved. If we go through the door, we will find pasture, provision for our lives. The Shepherd knows our needs. Sheep are not that smart.
Jesus leaves us with peace. We desperately need it today. It reconciles us back to God and it reconciles us to each other. This peace holds us at all times and remains with us. He is the door and we are the sheep in His pasture.