“So Jesus said again, “I assure you: I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7 HCSB)
This is the third “I am” statement of Jesus in the book of John which will quickly be followed by a fourth. The first two were in John 6.35: “I am the bread of life;” and John 8.12: “I am the light of the world.” Each “I am” statement reveals a little more of what Jesus is to the world.
Here he says, “I am the door of the sheep.” What does he mean? Metaphorically, this could be a little confusing because he follows this statement very quickly with “I am the good shepherd.” So in some sense he is both the door of the sheep and also the good shepherd. How is he the door of the sheep?
Fortunately, Jesus spells out what this means: “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture” (John 10:8–9 HCSB). Whatever else one thinks of Jesus, it is difficult to misconstrue his meaning. In a sheepfold there is one door. There are not two doors or three doors, just one. This was for security reasons. One door allows the sheep to be guarded and protected more easily than if there were three or four doors. Anyone who is planning on stealing sheep must go through that one door.
Of course Jesus is not speaking literally here, he is speaking metaphorically. How do I know this? I’m glad you
didn’t asked. He tells us. “If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved.” This is not a reference to sheep, it is a reference to people, and the door here is a metaphor for the entrance into salvation. Jesus is the door for entrance into eternal salvation. This is a restatement of John 3.16 in another way. Indeed, all of the “I am ” statements of Jesus are a restatement of the truth of John 3.16 in ways which add color and depth to the central fact that God gave his one and only Son so that whosoever believes in him would not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus is the door to everlasting life.
Remember, there is one door; not two, not many, one.
So says Jesus. It is up to you, dear reader, whether or not you believe him, but that he made such a claim is patently obvious.