We have completed our major section on Jesus, the living Tabernacle, and now plan to continue on in our identification of a number of other attributes of Jesus.
As we have previously communicated, Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. In addition, these names correspond to the names of the doors in the Tabernacle of God. It therefore seems fitting that Jesus also claims to be the Door of the Sheepfold. Here is the scripture that supports this statement:
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 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. (John 10:1-10)
In the days of Jesus, the sheepfold was a sanctuary used by shepherds to protect their sheep at night from attacks by wild animals like wolves. Typically, sheepfolds were enclosed by a wall all around that often had a layer of thorns on top for protection. In some cases Sheepfolds were low buildings or enclosed court yards, but in all cases they were designed to provide protection for the sheep.
On the spiritual side of things the sheepfold is symbolic of the kingdom of heaven and the sheep are symbolic of God people who are under Gods protection. The wolves and other wild animals that eat the sheep represent the devil. The door is symbolic of Christ, who is the passageway to salvation. The thieves and robbers who do not enter through the door are false teachers who are not of the kingdom of God. They seek to gain the confidence of the sheepfold so that they can take advantage of and abuse the sheep. They come to steel, kill and destroy and in this respect they are no different that the wild animals and wolves who feed on the sheep.
Jesus’ message also means that all of the messiahs that arrived prior to Jesus were false and that He is the only way to salvation. He is the Door to salvation and to a more abundant and everlasting life. Jesus is the only way to the kingdom of God.