JESUS WAS BORN
TO BECOME OUR GREAT SHEPHERD
JESUS IS THE ONLY DOOR
TO ENTER THE SHEEP FOLD
Jesus, as One of the divine Trinity in heaven, chose to humble Himself, to come be born in a manger of a stable, to live a human life for a purpose, a purpose with we humans on earth as beneficiaries of His sacrifices. We, like sheep, needed a Divine Shepherd, to give us a sheep fold of salvation. Jesus is that Shepherd Who came to be provide that sheep fold. He is the ONLY DOOR of the sheepfold of salvation.
6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which He spake unto them.
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
In verse 6, we see this sermon called a ‘parable’. Actually, it is the Greek word, paroimia (G3942), meaning a wise saying; a proverb; a saying deviating from the usual manner of speaking, to illustrate a wisdom.
It is not the word, parabole (G3850), meaning parable. Elsewhere, this word is translated ‘proverb’. (John 16:25,29; 2 Peter 2:22).
Parabole is found 50 times in the Bible, but never is it used by John. He obviously preferred the word ‘proverb’. A parable is a story that involves comparison, and here in this Good Shepherd story there is a comparison between Jesus as the Way, and the ‘thieves and robbers’ who are not to be seen as the way. Yet, John prefers the word ‘proverb’, for in it he saw a wise truth, one that needs emphasized for its wisdom of the Good Shepherd, not just the contrast from the false shepherds.
In this sermon of chapter 10 of John’s gospel, verses 1-6 are an extended proverb, and then verses7-30 are a description of the truths taught by the proverb.
I am the door of the sheep.
I am the door
Jesus assures us that He is ‘the Door’, and the only Door. If any other door is used to enter, or try to enter the sheepfold, they are not legitimate, not real. They will be expelled, and sent away. Some want the name and title of Christian, or pastor, or prophet, etc., but if their motivation is ambition, love of ease, a desire to enjoy the conveniences of the church body, a want to be distinguished, to promote their personal interests, and even the design to gain things, money, support of the believers, they have not truly come through the ‘Door’, i.e. salvation through Jesus. Thieves and robbers try to claim the title ‘Christian’ for other reasons than for salvation through repented sins, redemption from the blood of Jesus.
If some have motives of self-interest, and with the desire of obtaining prestige, power, or acclaim in coming to the church of the Lord, they are hopelessly fooled. The Door is through Jesus, and He calls for ‘repentance’ to enter the sheepfold, the kingdom. Motives of gain, popularity, wealth, etc are laudable in the business world, but they are nil in power to enter the sheepfold.
We, as Christians, have had to have a lawful entrance into the sheepfold, by the entrance through Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts, and brings a desire for forgiveness, and the entrance way is shown by the Holy Spirit to be only the Lord Jesus, and by His merciful atonement for us on the cross.
Jesus makes bold announcement that He alone is the way to salvation. Those who come for salvation to God, through only Jesus, shall secure and receive it. They will then be saved, sins blotted out, soul purified and preserved to eternal life.
In the Old Testament, the people worshipped God at the Tabernacle, until the Temple was built. There is fantastic teaching in the Tabernacle structure. There were two veils, one to the holy of holies, another to the holy place. There was also an outer linen fence, that had but one doorway. Each of these doors represented Jesus. The only way to the altar of burnt offering was through the outer gateway, and that brought salvation. The only door to the room for sustenance and enlightenment was the outer veil, which also represented Jesus. The inner veil was kept shut except on one day a year, the day of atonement, and represented Jesus as our access to God. On the day of the crucifixion, that veil was rent by God from top to bottom, and finally, access through Jesus’ death and atonement, brought access, wherein we can ‘boldly come to the throne of grace’. Jesus alone is the Door.
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; and having a High Priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."
"Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, Who is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.... Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
All the messiahs who came before Jesus, were false. All the messiahs that have proclaimed to be the ‘door’ to God since Jesus were also false. All the ministers, prophets, apostles who projected themselves as the way to have blessings, wealth, health, fame, etc are also false. Jesus is the only Door to God, to blessings.
If someone does not enter the kingdom, the sheepfold, via Jesus Christ, and by Him alone, they are to be rejected. All others that project themselves as being the way to God, are false thieves and robbers. Some, as Theudas, and Judas of Galilee, referred to in Acts 5:36, 37, were indeed thieves, plundering the people, and violent murderers, slaying those who resisted them. Their followers have no hope of salvation, for they came not by the only Door, i.e. Jesus.
Acts 5:36-37 (KJV)
36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
Jesus likely had the scribes and Pharisees in mind when He warned of the ‘thieves and robbers’. For they feigned to show the way of salvation to others. They were wolves in sheep’s clothing. Ones then, and many still today, prove to be thieves and robbers of the glory that belongs only to Jesus, by encouraging people to rely on them, due to their talents, eloquence, stories of victories and miracles. There is no man, no denomination, no pope nor apostle, who has the keys of getting to heaven. There is only one Door, and that is Jesus.
I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The words ‘go in and out’ do not refer to backsliding and re-conversion. No, this refers to what the Shepherd would do in leading the sheep. He would every morning, lead the sheep to pasture, for food. He did not feed them in the safe fold, but led them out into the world, and there, amidst the nearness of wolves, lions, snakes, and cliffs, would feed them. They grew strong in the pastures, they rested in the fold.
Too often today, some get saved, and want to live in the sheepfold. The witness to the world of the loving Savior, Good Shepherd, we serve is not heard or seen, if we continue only in the fold. We are to ‘go in and out’ from restful times, to working, getting nourishment times. We are not left out in the dark when the nearby wolves might come to snatch a sheep, we are taken into the fold for rest and safety. Yet, the Shepherd knows we need to, while it is day, go forth to the pastures. He is there to assure safety, but we need to feed, be nourished, drink from the still waters, and be witness to the world of the glory of the Good Shepherd.
A good shepherd conducts his flock to the fields, to good pastures; watching over them, bringing them again to the security in the fold. While out of the fold, the flock feeds on truths of His word, and are nourished.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The devil's work is to steal, to kill, to destroy.
Luke 8:12 (KJV)
12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Hebrews 2:14 (KJV)
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Woe to those who claim to be under shepherds, but who only feed themselves, who seek to fleece the flock, who offer other ways of salvation and of blessings, other than Jesus.
Jesus came to bring abundant life. Jesus is the Door to life, He is the Good Shepherd that protects His flock, and has plans for the flock to go to the heavenly sheepfold. There will we have the fountain of life, the throne room of grace, the streets of gold, and the mansion for our eternal residence.
We can have that more abundantly. This means that having Jesus as our Good Shepherd, means greater wealth than the world could offer, greater peace than can even be comprehended, greater security than the greatest walled city could have given, and greater love and joy than the richest, most blessed by the world person could ever have.
Jesus expressed this in many ways, He said ‘"Whosoever believeth..." John 3:15-16, and . "If any man eat..." John 6:51, "If any man thirst...." John 7:37. "If any man enter ..." John 10:9. These all show that Jesus offers salvation to the world. Salvation is offered to any one, whether Greek or Jew, circumcision or uncircumcision, male or female, barbarian, bond or free.
We have ‘abundant life’. So, the valley of Baca, the dry valley of grief, becomes a well; the rain also fills the pools.
Psalm 84:4-7 (KJV)
4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
Let’s go back to verse 8,
for a part that we must not overlook.
All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
Not hearing the thieves and the robbers is a vital part of our being in the fold of the Good Shepherd. There are some in the last days that will give heed to ‘seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.’ That is dangerous to the soul, and we must be careful not to hear those evil voices.
God has much that He has desired to tell His saints. He has revealed much in the Word of God that we need to study and learn. There are some things we will not learn until we reach heaven. Yet, even minus that much, there is so much that we will learn if we open our spiritual ears to the Spirit of the Lord.
"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear..."
It is the voice of the Good Shepherd we must tune in.
To find hearts hungry to hear, is getting rarer and rarer. Some hear the truth, but do not truly hear what is being said. They listen, or seem to be, and yet, they do not truly hear.
In Revelation 2 and 3, we find that Jesus reveals that the Spirit is trying during this church age to speak to the churches. "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches” is found 7 times, once for each of the seven churches, and one for each of the church ages. The Spirit is trying to speak but many do not hear Him, even when He has revealed clearly what He is saying.
It is the ‘thieves and robbers’ we are not to be hearing. Yet, we find that some are not hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit.
The saints in the early church sometimes would use an ear pick, a small tool used to clean ear wax and dirt from the outer ear canal. This was a religious symbol to them. In our day, we use a Q-tip to do a similar thing physically, but these early-rain revival saints did this to symbolize something spiritual.
We must, in this last days, open our ears, clean out the garbage poured into it - by the world, and - by the devil. We need an ear pick, a spiritual Q-tip, to eliminate the false, the perverted, and the sinful trash. The early church was aware of this, but in these last days, too many have forgotten the truth.
The Bible, God's Word, has tried to make it plain and evident how important it is to listen to the Lord, and to keep our spiritual ears from being hindered by the trash, and the voice of devils.
The Lord has always had trouble keeping ones who have started out to be His flock, to keep hearing what He has to say. The Bible has many warnings for us.
"But they refused to hearken and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in His Spirit by the former prophets: therefore, come a great wrath from the Lord of Hosts. Therefore, it is come to pass, that as he cried they would not hear, saith the Lord of Hosts."
People often make their minds as a hard stone, shutting out the Word of the Lord. Without knowing it, they have thereby opened their inner ears to the voices of devils. The message of the Bible have been ignored or rejected.
Some hear so much of the news media, so much of political figures, so much of talk shows, and then fail to hear the Lord Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
"And He said, God and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and be healed."
Jesus validated this message given through Isaiah. Jesus quoted it and applied it to the people of His day.
"Therefore, I speak to them in parables, because they - seeing, see not, and hearing - hear not. Neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, who saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand, and seeing, ye shall see, and shall not perceive. For this people's heart is waxed gross (Greek = pachuno = make fat, stupid, insensible), and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time, they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears for they hear. For verily, I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them, and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them."
The disciples were warned often that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to be betrayed, crucified, and would then rise again the third day. Yet, they could not understand what the Lord was telling them. They heard the message, but did not perceive what was being told to them. Their minds were too full of the false expectations of a Messiah. They wanted Christ to overthrow the Romans and begin a new kingdom with Him as King.
When Jesus told them that He was the "manna" sent from heaven, and if they wanted eternal life, they must eat of Him, they took Him literally, and many of His disciples left, and never followed Him again. They did not truly "hear" Him.
Jesus, Moses, and Elijah spoke on the mount of transfiguration about what was about to happen in Jerusalem. Peter, James, and John were there, hearing part of the discussion, but Peter did not truly hear, for he wanted to stay there, build three temples, and let everyone come up there to worship Jesus. Why could he not comprehend the message being spoken??
If people would hear from the Lord today, if they would listen to the real message of the Spirit today, what would it mean???
It would mean that they would be weeping for sins of the world, and not laughing their heads off in services that bring no souls to the Lord.
They would be seeking heavenly blessings, and not trying to intimidate God into giving them financial blessings on this earth.
They would be exposing the lies of false prophets instead of believing their lies and heresy.
They would be searching their hearts for sins, repenting of such... instead of judgmentally and falsely attacking other saints for differences they have.
They would not believe the lies of tares and hypocrites against the children of God.
They would not be taken in by the false doctrines of the apostate church of today, but be hearing the real message from the Spirit to the churches.
They would not believe the lies of abusive saints, and of their enablers, against the victims of spiritual abuse, and against those who have had the spiritual nerve to say the abuse in churches against young saints needs to stop.
They would hear the Spirit confirm with spiritual discernment who are the true prophets, and who are the false prophets of our day.
But some are hearing the voices of false shepherds, of devils. The Lord, the Good Shepherd wants us to hear His voice, and His voice alone.
Some have chosen to not hear the Lord and His message. They have rebelled so long that the Lord has given them over to a "spirit of slumber". This spirit is very prevalent in these last days. This demonic spirit of spiritual deafness had attacked and conquered many in the congregations today. They have sat through many prophetic messages and not heard them. They have read the Bible, but not understood what the Spirit is saying. They have ignored the truth, and the Spirit of truth, so long, that He has left, grieved, and vexed. They have heard false and lying accusations against some of God's children, and not understood or accepted what the Lord was speaking. The Lord always defends His own, and if people tune in to hear the Holy Spirit, they will not be fooled by the lies, twisted truths, and perverted slanders of abusive saints, of lying false prophets, and of backslidden members.
Romans 11:8, 11
"According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day. ...I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid, but rather through their full salvation is come unto the Gentiles for to provoke them to jealousy."
II Timothy 4:3
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears..."
Amos spoke of a famine to come in the last days, when men would run to and fro about the earth seeking food and water and there would be none... and he spoke of spiritual food and water.
Yet, Habakkuk spoke of the same time as being one in which "the knowledge of the Lord would cover the earth as the water cover the sea."
Both are true, but the abundance of truth, the abundance of spiritual revelation is being not heard, not seen in our day by many who call themselves "saints".
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for later, but of hearing the words of the Lord. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst."
"For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."
Are you in the group that is hearing the Spirit and understanding the Lord??? Or are you in darkness, fooled by the devil, and blinded by the abundance of trash you have accepted? It is time to evaluate ourselves, and time to understand why some that we know are so blind, deaf, and dumb to the truth. Before it is too late, we need to get people to open their minds and ears to the truth, the words of the Good Shepherd. Jesus chose to become our good Shepherd. He chose to be born of a virgin, to live and die here, for our benefit, for we needed a Shepherd.