7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear 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 does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
door of the sheep (v. 7) — The only way to become a member of His flock is through Him.
all who ever came before Me (v. 8) — all who claim a higher position than Him. Any, like the Pharisees (9:16, 24), who claimed to know more than Christ and denied His Messianic authority. (Perhaps the Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes were the three false shepherds prophesied in Zechariah 11:8 who misled the Jews before Christ came.
I am the door (v. 9) — in anticipation of His death and resurrection. It is by these, and not by His earthly ministry, that He brings salvation.
will go in and out (v. 9) — perhaps the liberty of the saved as opposed to the law (the fold); or, life without fear. (Deuteronomy 28:6; Psalm 121:8).
thief (v. 10) — one whose intention is to hurt the sheep. Uses stealth.
door (v. 1) — the way into Judaism
door (v. 7) — the way out of Judaism
door (v. 9) — salvation to Jew
If anyone enters by Me (v. 10) — we can’t enter without His assistance (John 15:5).
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