by Christina Farris
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. When the phone rings do we know who is on the other end? Today with caller id you almost know immediately who is calling you. It is your choice to answer a call that has no name on it. More and more people choose not to answer a phone number of unindentified caller. In truth that does not only keep telemarketers from calling but doctor offices, and businesses that might be calling. It be as simple as an appointment change and so forth. My husband called me when I was first married after we got a phone hooked up, and it may of been one of those dial phones can't remember but it dates me a little. Anyway I hang up on him because I did not recognize his voice. He had to go to a near by relative to call me again. His phone voice did not sound like his speaking voice. Anyway the second call it all clicked who he was. The point is would you know Jesus' voice if you heard him calling. His sheep knows his voice. God speaks to us we are required to listen and obey. It is that voice that speaks to our hearts that we know is Jesus. Jesus is also the door in which the shepherd goes out and in. The sheep goes out of the sheep fold and follows. Any other shepherd will try and take you out of the fold by window or over the rail of the sheep pen.
Let us break it down a little differently we use to the parable but are we really grasping what Jesus is saying to his disciples about the sheep fold and the door. The word of God is the means in which man is saved. That word is Jesus, who is also the good shepherd, the door, and the voice. We need a door to reach God. One might say we need a portal or a time warp to reach God. We can not reach God on our own. God is traveling at the speed of light. How close is he to you right now. If God travel fast how fast is the door moving. Is Jesus magical, no magic is fake and done with illusions. Jesus is real, his ability to be a doorway to God is real. He is the shepherd, but he is also the voice that is spoken and the Word that comes forth by the Spirit of God. If God is described in metaphoric way that we have to stop and think who is God; God is Father(person shepherd), God is the Word that became flesh/Son and the Holy Spirit(action and person). The door is object or word. God's word is the door to everylasting life. Yet the word without meaning has no definition. So let says the words with meaning is believe in Jesus and though shalt be saved. The door having a definition in the since of being able to see it clearly as regard to belief. How can you hear God if you do not believe in God. How can you believe in anything if the knowledge through communication has not been given. Word by itself must be given. A voice must be heard in the heart to know the door has the ability to be open. When the shepherd opens the door, we to must open our heart door to receive Christ as Lord. Then as sheep it is our duty to follow Christ and his leading.
Heaven can be illusion to many, that know not Christ, it is a nice thought and nice metafore of paradise desired, but no way to heaven except through Christ. Noah obeyed the voice of God built an ark, but Moses did not obey God when he struck the rock twice and Moses would die outside the promise land. As a believer in Christ when we die, we will go on to be with God. That is our eternal hope. However obey God in this life as well, and either be a Noah or a Moses. Moses would not be outside heaven, but only outside his earthly home called the Promise Land. Noah and his family found salvation on the day of the flood. Moses had found a home outside of Egypt. Yet he obeyed God by leading the Hebrew people home. His call from God fulfilled and God allowed him to return to the people that had become his family.
How often the call of God will take you on a journey further then you imagined but by obedience God allows you that time once more with family. Gideon would return home after war and go back to his normal life. God had called Gideon to lead. Following God leads to a time of rest. Even Jeremiah found rest in time of exile. God's word is salvation to our soul, because it salvation to our everyday living. When God says he loves us and that he gave his only Son that whosoever belief him should not perish but have everlasting life. you can believe it. However where do you want eternity heaven or hell. Follow after Christ as sheep follow after the good shepherd and you will live in paradise with God, His Son and Holy Spirit. Yet first you must believe without faith there is no salvation.
Dear Heavenly Father, has we believe and follow after Christ we ask you open our ears that we hear your word ever so clearly concerning faith and belief this very hour. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
John 3:16-17 KJV