“Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.”
This statement of Jesus about Himself was one of several figurative expressions he was using to teach how He would call and safely lead all His people. In this discourse, He referred to Himself using different figures of speech. He earlier referred to Himself as “the shepherd”, and now as “the door of the sheep”.
In the days of Jesus, when a shepherd spent the night in the open field with his sheep, he would gather them in a sheepfold (a fenced enclosure where sheep are kept), and stay at its entrance to guard the sheep. No one could enter or leave except through him. In Jesus’ metaphor, He refers to Himself as “the door” through which the sheep could enter into the safety of God’s fold and go out to enjoy the rich pasture of His blessings.
Jesus also said, “All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:8-9). Jesus asserted that all who came before Him and pretended to be the real Messiah were “thieves and robbers”. Israel’s false shepherds — her wicked kings, false prophets, corrupt priests and pseudo-messiahs — were exploiting the people and leading them to destruction.
So, Jesus Christ emphasised, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.” All who come through Him to God will experience God’s love, forgiveness, salvation, blessings of joy, peace and protection. Jesus came to open unto us spiritual and eternal life.