7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came [a]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. 10 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.
So many doors you will pass through in your life.
“A door is a marker of transition.” – Pastor Marlin Harris
Examples of some doors of transition
- Door of Greed
- Door of Fear
fear, doubt and worry are on the other side
- Door of Lust
desire to have what you do not have; always desiring
- Door of Pride
puts you at your own life’s center; egotistical
I, I, I, I…
Jesus is the Door! The only way to God!
Identify the symbols in the parable
The Door – Jesus
The Sheep – believers (unable to help ourselves)
The Sheepfold – the Kingdom (not the church)
Thieves and Robbers – sin and satan
Porter – God the Father; the one who opens the door
What is the Kingdom?
Righteousness, Peace and Joy
Righteous and joyful ownership of Christ over the lives of men
Who Opens the Kingdom?
God, the Father makes the Kingdom available
“It is God’s passion to give you the Kingdom.” – Pastor Marlin Harris
How to Enter the Kingdom
By the Door; Jesus