If you want righteousness, salvation, and relationship with God, go through Jesus! If you want to know God, you have to go through Christ. He is enough.
This week at Imprint Church in Woodinville, we talked about another of the “I AM” statements of Jesus in John 10. This week’s “I AM” statement of Jesus is when He says, “I am the door of the sheep…” in John 10. Here, Jesus talks in some more symbolic language like He will all throughout John. And He identifies himself as the door (or the gate) of the sheep. In fact, one might go so far as to say that I think in this Jesus is telling us that He, as God, is the gatekeeper, the good shepherd, and the door for all people who are referred to as sheep.
Jesus is saying, “If you want safety, if you want to come in where you belong and you can rest and be safe, there is only one door to get through. I’ll keep you safe going in. And I’ll keep you safe going out.”
What was going on in that story was the disciples at first, and then the Pharisees much more, were acting as doors/gates to God. (Disciples: “Who sinned?” Pharisees: “You were born in sin”)
You see, the first thing Jesus is saying here is this: I created the doorway, and I am the door and the doorkeeper. I decide. Not the religious people. Not just the good people.
People here were doing what they’ve been doing since time began: they were determining who was in and who was out. They were determining what what holy and what was not holy. They were putting words in God’s mouth.
We create so many “rules” for the right thing to do and make those the doorway to God. Think of it like this: whenever it’s Jesus + _______, we’ve made ourselves the door.
Jesus + not drinking alcohol
Jesus + never missing church
Jesus + not swearing
Jesus wants to be the door. In fact, Jesus says that anyone who points to any other “door” than Jesus is a thief and robber.
There certainly are some things for us to keep in mind about the door and even making judgements about the door. There are some parameters for who gets in and out. It’s all in God’s Word. But the key is… it’s ONLY in God’s word. The antidote to to this is when Jesus says this: LISTEN TO MY VOICE.
We have to know exactly what Jesus says. When He speaks, we are attentive. When He’s silent, we are gracious.
You can wrap up the whole sermon on John 10 in these three statements:
- Jesus wants to be the way people come to God
- Jesus doesn’t want us to stand in the way of people coming to God
- And ultimately, the door is open to anyone who wants to come to God
John 10 Sermon Recording – I Am the Gate
If you weren’t able to join us for church in Woodinville this week, you can download the podcast of our sermon on John 10 or watch the recorded video of the sermon below.
Discussion Questions on John 10
Dive deeper into this week’s sermon by taking the time think think through the questions below on your own or with one of the Christian community groups that meet on Seattle’s eastside through Imprint Church.
- Read John 10. Talk about the context of this chapter. Does the story of a man who was born blind that Jesus heals in chapter 9 give any more meaning to Jesus’ words in chapter 10?
- What does Jesus mean when he says He is the door of the sheep? What does this tell you about the exclusivity of Christ? Why is the exclusivity of Jesus Christ so important? How are Christ’s words in John 10 more of an invitation to all people than a way to keep people away from Him?
- Who is the stranger in John 10:5, and who are the thieves and robbers that Jesus describes in John 10:8 (“thief” in John 10:10)? What is Jesus saying here?
- How do we listen to the voice of Jesus in our day-to-day living?
- How is “Jesus + anything” a dangerous way to view our acceptance by God and our relationship with God? What are some ways we add on to our Christian faith and make ourselves the door instead of allowing Jesus to be the door? How do we fight this?
- What does Jesus mean when he says, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13–14 ESV)?
- Talk about abundant life (John 10:10) in your group. What does that look like? What is Jesus offering His people?