(Part 2 of 2)
“Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”-John 10:7-9
Another important function of a door is it’s ability to protect those inside. Jesus makes the case, that before He came, those who proceeded Him proved to be thieves and robbers. With these words, Jesus warns us that there have been and will be people who will attempt to enter the sheepfold, by some other way:
“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber.”-John 10:1
When a thief or robber enters a home they typically do not enter through the front door; most will attempt to enter the house by using another access point so as to go undetected. Why? Because they are not there to do good, but to do harm:
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”-John 10:10
When a thief enters a home, they are looking to steal, kill, and destroy. They have no concern for those inside, only to satisfy their own desires. Some will even masquerade as sheep in order to position themselves closer to what they are hoping to acquire:
“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.-Matthew 7:15
What do they want? Sheep! They are after the fold! They want to steal people away from Jesus, kill their faith, and destroy the Body of Christ! Satan isn’t just after those souls that are lost and wandering; he desires to destroy those who belong to Jesus. He is looking to infiltrate the fold!
So being in the fold, doesn’t necessarily shield us from thieves, robbers, or wolves in sheep’s clothing! What keeps us from becoming devoured or led astray is that we learn to recognize the shepherd’s voice:
“But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”-John 10:2-5
Jesus is the door to the sheepfold, however, we as sheep have a part to play. We must enter by the Door. We must acknowledge that there is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus Christ. We must also learn to recognize that not every voice is the Shepherd’s voice. Too many people today are entertaining the voice of strangers; they are being led astray because they do not know the Shepherd’s voice!
Pastor Scott Burr
Dayspring Community Church