The Prince of Peace is the door

Texas is a state of wire fences. If one wants to learn how to construct a barbed-wire fence, Texas is the place to go. In Texas, they call the fence wire, “bobwar.” There are different fences to keep different kinds of animals. There are fences for horses and cattle, which (I’m told) is the easiest to build, and there are specific fences for sheep, goats and hogs.

Palestine was not a country of fences. Shepherds kept flocks usually in a walled enclosure at night. The enclosure didn’t have a door. So, the shepherd laid down across the opening, forcing wolves to attack him to get to the sheep.

Jesus said, “I am the door of the sheep” (John 10:7). Then, in verse nine, he says something  interesting. He repeated verse seven and said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9 ESV).

This phrase describing going in and out occurs several places in inspired Scripture. When Moses was old and needed a replacement to guide Israel, he asked the Lord for someone who could “lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep that have no shepherd” (Numbers 27:17). If Israel obeyed God, then the blessings that followed would include, “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out” (Deuteronomy 28:6 ESV). The psalmist was convinced that God, “…shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forever more” (Psalm 121:8).

Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). The apostle Paul wrote that since we have been justified by an obedient faith in Christ, we have peace with God (Romans 5:1). The sheep find peace with the shepherd as the door. They “go in and out” secure in the peace the shepherd Jesus provides.

But, there is only one door, and that door is Jesus. The Lord said, “All that came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them” (John 10:7). They hear the shepherd and obey his voice. To find peace, obedience to Jesus’ commands is absolutely vital if one would enter his fold (John 14:6).

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