Jesus Said “I AM” Part III

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August 29, 2019 by directorfsm

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Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the doorof the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by mehe 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 10:1-10 (ESV)

De cierto, de cierto os digo: El que no entra por la puerta en el redil de las ovejas, sino que sube por otra parte, ése es ladrón y salteador. Mas el que entra por la puerta, el pastor de las ovejas es.A éste abre el portero, y las ovejas oyen su voz; y a sus ovejas llama por nombre, y las saca. Y cuando ha sacado fuera todas las propias, va delante de ellas; y las ovejas le siguen, porque conocen su voz. Mas al extraño no seguirán, sino huirán de él, porque no conocen la voz de los extraños. Esta alegoría les dijo Jesús; pero ellos no entendieron qué era lo que les decía. Volvió, pues, Jesús a decirles: De cierto, de cierto os digo: Yo soy la puerta de las ovejasTodos los que antes de mí vinieron, ladrones son y salteadores; pero no los oyeron las ovejas. Yo soy la puerta; el que por mí entrare, será salvo; y entrará, y saldrá, y hallará pastos. 10 El ladrón no viene sino para hurtar y matar y destruir; yo he venido para que tengan vida, y para que la tengan en abundancia. (RVR 1960)

The third in our series on Jesus’ seven great “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John.  Again in case you missed Part I the obvious Jesus is beyond a doubt inferring He is divine, God, by calling Himself “I AM” this is something the Jewish people, especially the leaders would not miss.

Here Jesus repeats Himself, if you are like me anytime a teacher repeated themselves it meant take a note because this was important and most likely going to be on the test. While not exactly a test Jesus is placing serious emphasis on this I AM statement. 

Let us break it down. I find it interesting that this (or any writing in John) is not recognized as a “Parable of Jesus” to me at least it fits the basic criteria I guess we shall just call it an analogy. Anyway I digress, Jesus begins in v.1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber” with a continuation of His discourse from the closing of Chapter 9He makes a clear and unconditional statement, their is only one way into the sheepfold ( both the church and Kingdom of God are implied and inferred) and that is through the door. 

In v.2 Jesus states that the first person in the door is the Shepherd of the flock But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. Note He has not made any distinction of office or position here (as of yet) just stating a Shepherd, (leader) is always first in guiding the way. 

Jesus makes it clear in v.3-6 why a Good Shepherd is always first in, To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.” Jesus is saying, the Shepherd opens the door, (or gate) and calls His Sheep by name and leads them out of the pen. They follow Him because they know and understand His Voice.  In today’s world as a practical application we can see this as Jesus using the Church through preaching of the Word, to call out His chosen people from the sinfulness of the world. Many sit in pews today but have no real understanding they have no been truly converted because they have failed to heed the call of the Good Shepherd and repent of their sins and surrender all. 

Here in v.7 we get to the first of two I AM statements. Jesus is making a bold declaration clearing saying it is He that is both the door and Good Shepherd, compare this to His statement in John 14:6. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 

To insure clarity Jesus says v.8-10 that there have been many false prophets, in this case those who would try and corrupt or distort the Law and mislead the Jewish people. He came to insure that the Law was not corrupted but fulfilled   All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 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. His repeat of I am the door, emphasizes the fact that there is only one way into the kingdom of God. That many will come making promises for itchy ears, but the abundant life is a life with more meaning than material wealth and prosperity Colossians 3:2-3, Matthew 6:25-32  it is an eternal life. 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Jesus Said “I AM” Part III

  1. […] Yesterday, we affirmed that all those who enter through the Door (Gate) that is Jesus, we become part of His treasured flock (church body).  […]

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