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John 10:9 — The Door of the Sheep

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The book of John is a wonderful testimony of Jesus being God manifest in the flesh, the one and only Saviour of mankind, and includes seven distinct “I am” statements from Jesus in which he confirms his divinity, with each statement pointing to a specific attribute of the great “I AM” who revealed himself to Moses in the burning bush (Exodus 3:14).

John 10:9 is the third of these seven “I AM” statements.

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We walk through many doors in our life in this world, but there’s only one door that matters, the door that is Jesus Christ. Towards the end of the sermon on the mount, Jesus utters these well-known words:

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (Matthew 7:7)


When we knock on the door that is Jesus, He will open the door to eternal life. And once the door is opened to us, we must follow Jesus our Shepherd, for He is the only way (John 14:6) to God.

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. (Ephesians 2:18)

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2)

Further to being saved when we enter through the door, Jesus tells us that we will find pasture, just as David said about the Lord being his shepherd in Psalm 23.

A Psalm of David. The Lord tends me as a shepherd, and I shall want nothing. In a place of green grass, there he has made me dwell: he has nourished me by the water of rest. He has restored my soul: he has guided me into the paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake. (Psalms 23:1-3, Brenton)

When we enter the door and follow Jesus, we are following the great shepherd of the sheep (Hebrews 13:20), the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls (1 Peter 2:25), the chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4), the true Shepherd who cares for us and leads us into life everlasting.

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John 10:1-10

1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
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.