GUEST SPEAKER: PAT MCWHORTER
This week we're going to learn about Jesus Christ being the Door.
There are three things I want to bring out of the text for us this morning. The first is introduction. We're going to see Jesus introducing himself to the Pharisees. The second point will be invitation. We're going to see Jesus standing before these religious leaders giving an invitation. The last thing, the third point we're going to see, is illumination. Upon coming to faith in Jesus Christ, there are promises Jesus says here in the text that we have as we enter into the door.
John 8: 42-44 - "Jesus told them, 'If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me. Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me! For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him.'"
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers."
"Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture…"
This is what I envision Jesus saying. "Excuse me. Because of your anger that I've just called you out that you follow your father the Devil… In light of your rage that I've just healed this blind man, in light of all of that, let me reintroduce myself. I am the Door."
Jesus is the Door. So why is it that Jesus would communicate to these religious leaders that he is the Door? Well, let's think about this context. The Pharisees, religious leaders, followers of the law, doers of the law, workers of the law, they find their life and their identity by following the ways of the Torah. These Pharisees would actually see themselves as the gatekeepers to righteousness. They make intercession happen for others to come into a relationship with God.
What Jesus is communicating to these leaders, to these Pharisees, is this. Don't miss it. Jesus Christ is the only way into a relationship with God. Jesus Christ is the only way to life eternal. Jesus Christ is the only way by which we may be forgiven of our sins. That is, Jesus is predicting something that's going to happen 10 chapters later in the gospel of John. His resurrection!!
The first point is Jesus Christ explains to these Pharisees, he speaks boldly to these Pharisees, "I am the Door." The second point is he stands before them and says, "If anyone would enter by me…" Invitation. The Pharisees miss him. As Jesus invites them in, they miss him. Dumb Pharisees, right?
Here's our reality this morning. Many of us right now in this place are just like the Pharisees. What keeps us from entering into the door of Jesus Christ? What doors are before us that present themselves as giving us life, but they find their end in death? Some of us may not struggle with works like the Pharisees. Some of us may not find our righteousness consumed in what we do for God.
So introduction…Jesus Christ stands before these Pharisees boldly and says, "I am the Door." Then, he gives us this invitation. "If anyone would come by me, if anyone would enter by me…" Then third, he gives some promises: illumination. Jesus states this. He says, "…he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture." The first promise Jesus gives us as we enter into the door is salvation.
Philippians 4:19 says, "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
What this verse doesn't say is, "My God will supply every want of yours. Everything you ever desired and everything you ever wanted, the Lord will give that." No! It doesn't say that. What it says is every need we have the Shepherd knows.
Friends, there are only two doors. There's a door to life, and there's a door to death. Where do you find yourself today? Entering into the door of Jesus Christ, we enter into the light of Christ where the light of Jesus Christ shines in dark spaces. We feast on the Bread of Life where we have everything we need in the Son of God. Then, Jesus promises this. As we come to him, he is, in fact, the Good Shepherd.