3. I am the Door

“I am the Door of the Sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not heed them.” Jn 10:7-8

It certainly seems strange to describe the I AM as a sheep-door. It seems easier to connect up with ideas of the I AM as the bread of life or the light of the world. We must take these descriptions literally and explore every angle of the words that are used. So what is a door and what does it do? The most fundamental idea about a door is that it can be closed or open. A door fills an opening and gives the option of closing off the opening or allowing free passage.

We could then ask if we are open to things or closed to things. Some words of Tennessee Williams came to my attention recently: We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life. However, isn’t our choice to maintain this condition of isolation? Isn’t it about how we keep our own door shut and if we let anyone in it can only be on our own terms? This is the antithesis of the nature of the I AM. The I AM could never be confined within us, the I AM fills the universe and gives us a sense of at-oneness – which suggests atonement – with everything, good or bad.

Perhaps we cannot experience our I AM until we stop shutting ourselves off to things. Jesus says that the sheep did not ekousan, hear not heed, the thieves and robbers. Think about this act of hearing for a moment. Whatever we hear draws our attention to it. We are so attentive to the thieves and robbers, those forces which want to steal from us, that we set up a barricade to many other things that approach us just in case they too want to steal from us.

Surely the sensible way to deal with this is to learn to recognise the thieves and robbers – perhaps by shining the torch on them, the I AM light. Jesus goes on to say, “I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” Jn 10:9 So if we can use the higher awareness that is associated with our I AM we will happily leave our door open knowing that we are safe because we can see the true nature of things. Then we can know the true meaning of trust.

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