On Sunday we talked about Jesus being THE DOOR (John 10:9). In ancient times the shepherd WAS the door as he would lie in the doorway of the pen to protect the sheep. Anything trying to get to the sheep had to go through the shepherd!
Jesus said He was THE Door! Just what was He made of?
Jesus demonstrated He is a DEFENDING DOOR and He is always in control.
In John 18 the whole troop of soldiers who came to arrest Jesus were totally shocked that He willingly came to present Himself to them as they entered the garden. They didn’t “capture” Jesus. He presented Himself for arrest! He was absolutely in control of all that was happening.
Jesus protected His disciples by telling the soldiers in John 18:9 that they could take Him, but they had to leave His disciples alone. They actually listened to Him!
Jesus demonstrated He is a DURABLE DOOR and is able to handle the worst kind of rejection.
Jesus was betrayed by Judas, denied by His disciples, and was rejected by the chief priests and Pharisees that accompanied the soldiers to the Garden. John 18:35 tells us Jesus was also rejected by the Jewish people in general. He handled rejection you and I could never imagine.
Jesus demonstrated He is an INDESTRUCTIBLE DOOR and is able to handle the worst kind of torture.
We can’t fathom from the one-liners in Scripture how much physical torture Jesus really endured. Plain and simple, Jesus was abused. No-one has ever been more debased and exposed than Jesus.
Beatings, a crown of thorns pressed into His skull, nails through His feet and hands, hanging naked, being mocked, and spat upon and He never “said a mumblin’ word.” What an indestructible Door! What nerves of steel!
Jesus demonstrated He is the DOOR OF DELIVERANCE and He is an OPEN DOOR.
John 3:16 tells us that because God loved the entire world, He gave Jesus to die on a cross to pay the price of every sin every person had ever or would ever commit, and anyone who calls on the name of the Lord can be saved (Romans 10:13). Anyone who wants to come through the Door can come!
In Exodus 12, the Israelites were told they would be delivered from slavery and death through the application of lamb’s blood on a door with the use of hyssop. All three were present on the cross as Jesus in John 19. Jesus, THE DOOR, hung in blood and received a drink that involved a hyssop branch.
At 3:00 p.m. ON THE DAY OF PASSOVER as Jesus was being crucified. The priest was blowing the shofar as the lamb in the temple was sacrificed! Jesus, the Door, the Lamb, in blood and with hyssop in the picture, proved He was the DOOR of DELIVERANCE. He was the Passover Lamb!
Stay behind the DOOR, Christian. Enter in through the DOOR, any who are yet born again. There is peace and safety behind the DOOR!