John 10:7-9“Jesus therefore said to them again, “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 hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Doors give access. As the scriptures do, we often speak of doors being open or shut in a figurative sense. (Ref. 1 Cor. 16:9; 2 Cor. 2:12; Col 4:3)
Open doors imply welcome and entry while closed doors imply rejection and alienation. So Jesus is portrayed as O ne who opens the door, stands at the door and knocks, and closes the door on evil. Rev. 3:7 says, “He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this.”
In the teaching and parable recorded in John 10, Jesus isn’t just the One who opens the door for us, but He says He is the very door for us. He’s our access to the Father. Through Him we can become His sheep and part of the flock of God and have the shelter of the fold.
Every good thing that our soul needs in this life — reconciliation with God, forgiveness of and freedom from sin, a new life, and new hope, a real purpose and direction under His direction, and ultimately the free gift of eternal life — is through Jesus, the door.
We don’t get to God except by Him. “Jesus said, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.’” (Jn. 14:6) He is one and only way—the door—to the Father. So, as He said using a door in a slightly different figure: “Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” (Luke 13:24)