So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
The imagery in these verses speak deeply to me about the relational aspect of faith in Jesus. Consider how our Lord says that he is the door. While some may consider this to simply be the way in to the kingdom I think that it is so much more. Jesus is not simply a doorknob to be turned to get where you want to go or a portal to a greater inner consciousness. When I think of Jesus as a door my mind envisions him standing in a doorway and anyone who passes goes through him and not around him. It is in that moment of passing through the doorway that we become one in spirit with him.
As we pass through this spiritual doorway something happens to us on the inside. We hear his voice deep inside of us. We somehow understand things that have been hidden from us all of our lives. In this picture the pasture is not important but the way to it is. Later on in his gospel John tells us that Jesus says that he is the way to the Father.. Jesus is the spiritual door.. by passing through Jesus our inner eyes are opened and we are born of the Spirit. The invitation is to walk through that door and experience life like never before.
You are the door Lord Jesus. Help me to become one with you today.