Portraits of Christ | The Door
I am the Door. (John10:9)
This title refers to the unique custom of the middle Eastern sheepfold. At night, the shepherd would gather the sheep in a natural or improvised enclosure with a narrow opening. Then the shepherd would lay across that opening and literally become the door into the sheepfold.
Jesus said, "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). Jesus is the only way into the sheepfold. If a man tries to enter in any other way, he is a thief and a robber (10:1). This symbolically portrays Jesus statement, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6).
Very powerful symbolism is portrayed here with the clear notions of recognition, mutual love and loyalty Jesus explains by his example of the Good Shepherd. The sheep hear and know his voice. Everyone else who comes before the sheep, claiming to have the words of life, is a ravening wolf, and the sheep do not hear them. But the voice of the Shepherd is one that calls to the heart, and the sheep immediately recognize and follow His voice. "And a stranger will they not follow," Jesus said, "but the sheep will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers." (John 10:5). Yet, how quickly do we turn to false teachers and fables, not stopping long enough to try and discern and listen for His voice through the noise.
One interesting feature here is Jesus' statement, "he...shall go in and out." The sheepfold is a place of activity, and not a place of confinement. While it may be a safe harbor, it is also a launching pad. Life has deeper dimensions and broader horizons when we have a Christian perspective. The Christian life has glorious liberty and freedom, and it is a place of abundant life. Jesus stated, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10).