Summary: ❶ THE DOOR ❷. THE USERS OF IT ❸. THE PRIVILEGES OF THESE USERS
- Jn 10 is like you standing in doors to Narnia First it was the children hurriedly opening a wardrobe door to quickly hide inside from the curiosity seekers who’ve come to view the imposing professor’s odd, old house.
It is not an ordinary wardrobe with an ordinary inside. Beyond the long fur coats that smell of mothballs, beyond the place where the back of the wardrobe should be and is not, is a land of destiny for Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie.
They had come to live at the odd old house to escape the Nazi bombing of London. Unexpectedly, through the back of the wardrobe, they enter another world, a world bewitched, where winter never stops and Christmas never comes; a world where animals talk and plot, where nymphs and fauns live oppressed under the power of an evil witch turned Queen who turns her enemies into stone statues, and where redemption eventually may come for all from The Lion, Aslan, who is a kind and fierce Lion, and who isn’t tame at all.
Then it was a picture of a sailing ship hanging on the wall that draws Lucy, Edmund, & Eustace Scrubb back into Narnia in the “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”
In the “Silver Chair” on a dreary damp fall day Jill Pole is being bullied by classmates when Eustace Scrubb helps her getaway. Through what is supposed to be a locked door at the back of the school yard in a stone wall. They find themselves on a bright June day in another realm. Their doorway takes them into the wild wastelands of the North where giants live and into Underland.
The most wonderful door of all is in the “Last Battle”. Where the stable door takes you inside or is it outside and the inside is bigger and more wonderful than the outside.
- v.6 We are left breathless with something about a door
- John 10:6KJV
6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
- Like Narnia each time God uses a door we find
■ Ark - Gen 7:16
16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
■ 1st Passover - Ex.12:22-23
22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.
■ Door of the Tabernacle Ex 27:16
16 And for the gate of the court shall be an hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework: and their pillars shall be four, and their sockets four. 17 All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass.
Exodus 27:16-17 The Living Bible
16“The entrance to the court will be a 30-foot-wide curtain, made of beautifully embroidered blue, purple, and scarlet fine-twined linen, and attached to four posts imbedded in their four sockets. 17All the posts around the court are to be connected by silver rods, using silver hooks, the posts being imbedded in solid bronze bases.
■ Last Door in Heaven - Rev.3:20
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
- Jn 10:1 A door to a sheep fold is the poorest form of door.
- A sheep fold consisted of four walls and a hole in one side
- At sundown, a shepherd would stand in the doorway and spread his legs wide and let the sheep enter that way between his legs, and count them.
- When they are all safely in the sheepfold the shepherd would sit down and sleep in the doorway
- He was the door.
- No sheep can get out but over his body".
❶ THE DOOR
Jn. 10:9 - I am the door: by me if any man enter
in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
- Suppose there had been none, we could never have entered into God’s