“So Jesus said again, ‘I assure you: I am the door of the sheep.’” (John 10:7a)
Our word “door” has multiple meanings. The most obvious is the physical one. All houses have them. But there is also the metaphorical meaning. “Door” can refer to a means to an end, or to an opportunity.
In addition to meanings, doors have uses. They are entry points to another place. They are also used for exclusion, that is, to limit who may enter. Sometimes we even lock them to further limit entrance.
When Jesus said, “I am the door,” He was speaking metaphorically. He was communicating to His listeners that He is the entrance to the kingdom of God, that He is our opportunity for entering eternal life, that He is the means to our salvation, and that only those who enter the kingdom through Him are valid, and there is no other door.
In a society where religious pluralism appears to be the acceptable norm and even a core value, the idea that Jesus is THE door (and the only one) often meets with rejection, resistance, or skepticism. The Bible is very clear, though. We who follow the teachings and derive our beliefs from the Bible must hold the line and remain faithful to the truth, whether or not it is socially and culturally acceptable. The Bible teaches us that Jesus and only Jesus is the door through which we may enter the kingdom of heaven for eternity, and with that truth we are to take our stand.