“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.” John 10:7-10
“I am the door,” is one of the seven “I am” statements found in the book of John.
This has been the hardest “I am” statement of the seven for me to relate to.
But if we set the stage by context, it’s easier to understand Christ’s claim. This is the passage where Christ spits in the mud, places that mud on a blind man’s eyes, then tells the man to go and wash himself. Doing as instructed, the life-long blind man receives sight. His neighbors, perhaps perplexed and perhaps in shock, neighbors take the previous blind man (PBM) to local Pharisees looking for an explanation. Seems the “how” was more important than the rejoicing over the man seeing his world for the first time.
Because it was the Sabbath and evidently giving sight to a blind man on the Sabbath was a Pharisaical no, no, the spiritual leaders claimed that Jesus could not possibly be a man of God or sent from God, because He broke (in their opinion) the Sabbath law … get this… by healing this man. The PBM and the Pharisees get into a back and forth about whether or not Jesus is who He claims to be when the PBM finally lays out the truth: Jesus is from God. The Pharisees take offense at this lowly and uneducated man’s statement and puff up their holy-robed chests. The PBM is immediately dismissed.
On the street, Jesus hears about the temple scuttlebutt and goes to find the PBM. He tells PBM that He is the Son of Man and to believe it. Jesus then reveals that He came to the world so that those who do not see will have their eyes opened. He meant this in more ways than one.
The blind man is one of those living, breathing metaphors that teach us how Christ is the cure for Spiritual blindness (and false teachings).The puffed-up Pharisees lurking nearby, and probably looking for opportunity to build a case against Christ, scoff at this statement and ask, “Are we also blind?”
This is where Jesus changes the conversation to a discussion about sheep gates and doors.
Seems disjointed but wait.
Jesus tells these Sabbath keepers that He is the door to the sheep’s pasture.
And he says all that came before him are thieves and robbers.
Uh oh. The Pharisees claimed to be the spiritual leaders and final word on spiritual situations long before Christ came along. Is he calling … accusing … these respected men … of being robbers?
Staying in context here, Jesus is rebuking the Pharisees and accusing them of being thieves and robbers — those that have stolen sheep from the precious fold with their twisting of the law.
The thieves, he claims, have come to kill, steal, and destroy. Considering that throughout the New Testament, we’re warned time and again against false teachings, this is a serious charge against men who were considered the spiritual authorities of the day.
In Jeremiah 23:1, the prophet tells us that faulty pastors come as wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Christ echoes Jeremiah’s sentiment when He calls Pharisees thieves, robbers, and destroyers.
The battle against false teachings is not trifle. It is major warfare. We will see that Jesus calls himself The Truth in an upcoming blog, so anything He calls false is in direct opposition to all that He is.
In these latter days, it seems thieving wolves have entered the sacred sheepfold, toting false teachings that threaten to destroy our lambs. We have religious leaders accepting, even promoting, all kinds of anti-biblical principles in the name of unity. Other gaining religious fame tout tolerance and acceptance of lifestyles that oppose what Christ taught. It’s slick. Hardly noticeable because letting “you do you” is easier than calling sin sin.
It’s easy to drift into a “what’s the harm?” mentality. But these little altercations, according to this exchange between Christ and the accepted leaders of the day, prove that unless the teaching is pushed through the door of Christ, which is the doctrine of Christ, it is a false teaching. As the door, He is the doctrine.
Now I can relate.
Truth is not relevant. Truth cannot be twisted, watered down, hidden, or ignored for the long term. A day of reckoning approaches. The revealing day of Truth is speeding towards us. Truth is Christ and nothing else. Cling to it! Make darn sure that your doctrine is Christ’s absolute Truth doctrine. Check all teachings and proclamations by so-called prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers through the Word, which is Christ, which is Truth. We know in the last days, deceivers will come (it’s the first warning sign Christ gives His disciples in Matthew 24 that the latter days are wrapping up).
Mind blowing stuff, I know, but let us pray and claim Truth during these dark, deceptive days!