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Monday, June 20, 2011

Jesus is the door

“I am the door.”

Jesus is the door. He is The way. 

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His live for the sheep.” (John 10:11 NKJV)

“I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers (-- false Messiahs, false teachers, false prophets -- ) but the sheep did not hear them.” (John 10:7-8)

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

 “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

The good shepherd must lead all his sheep … so they will know the right way to go and be protected from danger and injury. All, yes all divisions of Christianity will come together, be united, as one -- converted Jew and Gentile alike, in one spiritual body -- the flock and The One True Shepherd, The Good Shepherd,  The Door leading in and out.

 “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” (John 10:16)

The voice of The Good Shepherd is and will continue to be that which unites. The word of God … He calls …. Do we hear? Do we obey? Do we follow?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer says the unity of the church will consist not in organizations, not in dogmas, not in liturgies, not in pious hearts, but in the word of God, in the voice of Jesus Christ, the good shepherd of his sheep.

“I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.” (John 10:14)

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”  (John 10:27-29)

“I and My Father are one” (John 10:30), Jesus tells the Jews.

“But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep.” (John 10:26)

“The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me.
“But you do not believe. …”

The Jews surround Him and say to Him, “How long do You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” (John 10:24)

Jesus tells them, He tells us, it is plain as day is from night. “I told you, and you do not believe.” (John 10:25)

Their ears, eyes, hearts, and ours as well, covered. Did not / do not hear or see or understand. Did not / do not remember God’s commandments. Did not / do not remember His blessings, His promises … future victories, future judgments. They reject; they live their life based on selfishness, personal bias. They go so far, and then stop. This is not true. They refute the Bible. They refute God’s word. They claim Jesus is guilty of blasphemy when it is THEM and US, the Jew and Gentile unbeliever, who fall prey to what is condemned of another.

 Who has believed our message?
      To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?
 My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
      like a root in dry ground.
   There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
      nothing to attract us to him.
 He was despised and rejected—
      a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
   We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
      He was despised, and we did not care.

 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
      it was our sorrows
[a] that weighed him down.
   And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
      a punishment for his own sins!
 But he was pierced for our rebellion,
      crushed for our sins.
   He was beaten so we could be whole.
      He was whipped so we could be healed.
 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
      We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
   Yet the Lord laid on him
      the sins of us all.

 He was oppressed and treated harshly,
      yet he never said a word.
   He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
      And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
      he did not open his mouth.
 Unjustly condemned,
      he was led away.
   No one cared that he died without descendants,
      that his life was cut short in midstream.
   But he was struck down
      for the rebellion of my people.
 He had done no wrong
      and had never deceived anyone.
   But he was buried like a criminal;
      he was put in a rich man’s grave.

 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him
      and cause him grief.
   Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
      he will have many descendants.
   He will enjoy a long life,
      and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
      he will be satisfied.
   And because of his experience,
      my righteous servant will make it possible
   for many to be counted righteous,
      for he will bear all their sins.
 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier,
      because he exposed himself to death.
   He was counted among the rebels.
      He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.”
(Isaiah 53 NLT) 

Jesus is the door. We who are His sheep, His followers, have entered the way of His door, not any other, and have been given eternal life. We hear His voice. We listen with our whole being, soul and heart, to Our Master’s voice. We hear, we obey, we follow. We are One in the spirit with the Lord of Lords. We cannot  be snatched away from Him who is the good shepherd fore He protects us from the evil one. We know Jesus and His Father are one. We are believers

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