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Topic: Doors (04/05/04)

TITLE: DOORS, A DOOR, THE DOOR
By Angela Williams
04/09/04

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Doors are universal symbols. A door serves the dual purpose of being an opening/entrance or an exit. An open door is a sign of transparency and freedom, while a closed one signals finality. An interesting phrase is that of “opportunity knocking”, where you are seen as a door. The entrance of prosperity or other good things in your life depends on how skilled you are at sensing that opportunity is knocking and opening the door to it. Bob Marley, the deadlocked Jamaican singer penned a line in one of his songs which goes “when one door is closed, many more are open.” There is much truth in this for Christians.

Jesus also used the idea of the door in his teachings. In St. John 10:9, we find the ‘controversial’ statement “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” This is anathema to the new age concept of many paths (doors) leading to the same God. Our Lord went even further. He painted the pastoral scene of a sheepfold with himself as the door. Anyone who attempted to enter the sheepfold except through the door, was described as “a thief and a robber.” We all know what these miscreants do – steal, kill and destroy.

As sheep who know our shepherd, we have to be constantly on our guard against those who will seek to distract us and try to get us to go through another entrance. Many present the scenario of the closed doors where you have to guess what is behind a door and if there is something good you will win it. More often than not, there is nothing behind the doors except illusions. We know where our door is, and what is behind it, Salvation, Freedom and Sustenance. It would be foolhardy of us to, as Jamaicans would say, “give away certain for uncertain.” We have a Shepherd who was prepared to give his life for his sheep. In this season as we remember his death and resurrection, let us resolve to stay in the sheepfold, guided and guarded by our Shepherd, The Door.


Member Comments
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L.M. Lee04/13/04
yes, staying with the flock behind the shepherd is so important.
Naomi Deutekom04/14/04
Good truth!
Donna Anderson04/15/04
The perfect Lamb of God - who else could better lead the sheep? Good article! :)