Everybody wants to be on what they think is the “right side” of issues. And there are no shortage of teachings and opinions declaring what that “right side” is, even in the Church. Our human nature is to want to choose the way that causes the least amount of disruption to what we “want”, to our comfort and convenience, while at the same time causing us to be “liked” by the most people. But as it says in Proverbs, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Jesus was clear, there is no way to eternal life, to salvation, except thru him. Joining us today with a teaching called “I AM the Door” that explains this is teacher and author of the book “Broken yet Blessed,” Kathi McCarty.
Table Talk Notes
John 10:1-10 | “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
The significance of a door
A door allows entrance into and out of; keeps wanted elements in & unwanted elements out.
Eastern culture – two kinds of sheepfolds. Large ones had porters or gatekeepers. Small ones had a shepherd. The shepherd laid across the opening of the sheepfold. There was no way in or out except through him.
Jesus makes an exclusive claim.
- Jesus is THE DOOR.
- An interloper might try to climb the walls. A thief might try to climb over the shepherd. Jesus was saying that the one who does not use the door, or climbs over the wall, has no right to be in the sheepfold.
- There are false prophets and false teachers making false promises, but in the end they bring only death and destruction.
Jesus makes a glorious offer.
“If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in/out & find pasture.”
Our choice of Jesus Christ as THE DOOR determines our eternal destiny from the moment we choose.
We enter into relationship w/our Father. We come into a “forever” family. We find rest & security from the threats of destruction. We are “groomed” to be able to go into the world without fear.
Jesus extends unsurpassed benefits.
“The thief comes to steal, kill & destroy. I come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.”
New Age commentary: “As we grow in our spiritual awareness, we get closer and closer to the “portal” of complete spiritual enlightenment.”
We are saved.
1Jn 1:7 | But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Jn 1:12-13 | But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Jn 3:16 | “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jn 14:3 | And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
We have access to Godly benefits.
Col 1:27 | To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
2 Tim 3:14 | But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
We go “out.”
Phil 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
Acts 1: 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Mt 5: 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Sometimes we’re so comfortable with being in that we forget we are called to go out. Click To Tweet
Applying the Door to my life
Ps 141:3 | Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
In Revelation 3:20, Jesus stands at the door and knocks. If we open the door, He comes in and we dine together. By Exodus 12:13, applying the Blood of the Lamb over the door of our hearts saves us. When we read Psalm 24:7, we must invite Jesus through the door of our life so we can worship him. In Genesis 4:7, the door can keep out the sin that lies in wait to snare us. And according to Revelation 3:8, we can walk through the “open door of opportunity.”
Have you come into the true sheepfold through The Door, Jesus Christ? If so, are you allowing the Shepherd to guide and direct your life?
Ps 48:14 | “For this is God, our God forever & ever; He will be our guide even to death”
Lk 1:79 | “…(He) will guide our feet into the way of peace.”