Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Sermon Series –HE’S MORE THAN WONDERFUL #8
Jesus Christ – The (Open) Door
Jesus opens with a familiar illustration (John 10:1-6), one that every listener would understand. The -sheepfold was usually an enclosure made of rocks, with an opening for the door. The shepherd (or a porter) would guard the flock, or flocks, at night by lying across the opening. It was not unusual for several flocks to be sheltered together in the same fold. In the morning, the shepherds would come, call their sheep, and assemble their own flocks. Each sheep recognized his own master’s voice.
Most of the sheepfolds to be found in Middle East countries have no door; they have a doorway-the shepherd becomes the door, and entrance is only possible when he permits it. In this passage, Jesus is saying He is the door to the sheep. Jesus was trying to explain to the disciples that there were others who came before Him who were not the true door to heaven. Jesus is the only door to salvation so He sets the standards for that.
As the DOOR, Jesus Christ provides: an invitation to enter, a way of separation, and a means of safety.
I. Jesus Christ the Door Provides an Invitation to Enter: John 10:7, “Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.”
II. Jesus Christ the Door Provides a Way of Separation: John 10:8-9, “All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.”
III. Jesus Christ the Door Provides a Means of Safety: John 10:9-10
A. Jesus the DOOR gives us plain directions (v.9a, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me”).
B. Jesus the DOOR gives us precious promises (vv.9b-10, “If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and . . . . .”).
1. The promise of eternal life (“will be saved”)
2. The promise of abundant life (vv.9b, 10)
Jesus has the door open for you, but it will not always be open, the door closes for you when you die or whenever Jesus returns. On what side of the door are you on?