Lent Devotions 2008: Friday 22nd February

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7)

Have you been confused as to which door to enter? Shakespeare mixes up characters, so that participants in the play are misled as to who is who. I attended an amusing production of The Merry Wives of Windsor at The National Theatre, which heightened confusion of characters by having them enter and leave by banks of several doors.

Jesus quite clearly and unambiguously says, “I Am The Door/Gate”. This emphatic “I Am” construction is a clear self-identification with God, who in Ex.3 identifies Himself as “I Am who I Am”. The “I Am” sayings of Jesus always give strong emphasis upon salvation. Here, we find His strong, protective-sense care for His sheep. No longer will His Church listen to the devil and his own, who seek to enter the fold by the wrong door. Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one enters the Kingdom of Heaven except through Me”. And here; “I am the Gate, whoever enters by Me will be saved”. He invites; “Knock and the door will be opened to you”. Really it’s not confusing, if you are His sheep. Trust Jesus, listen to Him, and He will keep you safe, and find you pasture.

Jesus, You supply us with all that we need. For this we thank You. Amen.