Summary: As the Good Shepherd, Jesus is the ONE DOOR that brings protection and provisions for the sheep of his pasture.
1. Candid Camera and Shepherd Story
The “Candid Camera” TV show went to an exclusive prep school where all of the students were well above average. The “Candid Camera” people posed as career consultants who were going to advise these brilliant young men concerning the careers that would be best suited to them, on the basis of “tests” and “interviews” that seemed quite authentic.
One young man eagerly awaited the “counselor’s” verdict. Surely the adviser would tell the boy to be a college president or a bank president, or perhaps a research scientist. But, no, the “counselor” had other ideas. You should have seen the look on the boy’s face when the “counselor” said:
“Son, after evaluating your tests and interview, I’ve decided that the best job for you is- a shepherd.”
The student did not know whether to laugh or cry. After all, who in his right mind would want to be a shepherd? Why devote your life to “stupid sheep” that do not seem to have sense enough to find their way home?
2. Sheep Characteristics
Author, Max Lucado asked the question: “Couldn’t God Have Thought Of Something Better Than Sheep? Of all God’s animals, the sheep is the least able to take care of himself. Sheep are dumb! Have you ever met a sheep trainer? Ever seen sheep tricks? Know anyone who has taught his sheep to roll over? No. Sheep are just too dumb. And they’re defenseless. They have no fangs or claws. They can’t bite you and they can’t outrun you. That’s why you never see sheep as mascots for sports teams.
We’ve heard of the St. Louis Rams and the Chicago Bulls and the Seattle Seahawks, but the New York Lambs? Who wants to be a lamb?
3. Yeshua (Jesus) compares us to sheep and himself to a shepherd – Next week we will discuss “The Good Shepherd” – this week we will note a special aspect of the shepherd-sheep relationship – “The Door”
4. 7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to 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 comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10.7-10
5. Yeshua (Jesus) as THE Door:
I. The Entrance Door
A. The Shepherd’s Role of Protector
1. Sheep-pen and door
2. Protection against predators – wolves and wolves in sheep’s clothing, etc.
3. Religious leaders trying to be the door of Torah for the people
a. “Thieves and Robbers” – one is covert, the other is overt
b. Can’t lead the sheep – can only steal them
a. Covetous – The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. Luke 16.14
b. Crush Helpless scribes – who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. Mark 12.40