New Ed: I think it’s fascinating when I look back at this old school message, because so many of the things I talk about today are still built off what I said in this first message.
Old Ed: Now throughout the game the fans, they repeated one cheer. Over and over and over again. They said, “If you got it, now use it. If you got it, now use it. If you got it, now use it.”
New Ed: If you got it, now use it.
Old Ed: And when those guys would hear that it would spur them on. And let me tell you something. Eau Claire had it and they flat used it. Now when I heard that cheer I immediately thought about the Christian life. That’s what Christ is saying to me. That’s what Christ is saying to you. He’s saying, “Ed Young Jr., if you’ve got it, if you’ve received me into your life, now I want you to use it.”
T.S. This morning we are going to look at four questions. The first one: How do you get it. The second one is: Once you have it, what happens in your life? The third one: Who keeps you, who keeps me, from really living the abundant life? And finally: What keeps us from this abundance?
Let’s look at the first question. It’s found in verse 9, the answer of it. How do we get it? Jesus says, “I am the door. If anyone enters through me he shall be saved.” That’s the answer right there. I am the door. Christ didn’t say, “I am a door.” That’s the definite article in the Greek. In the Greek language when they used a definite article, they mean ‘that is it. That is the door.’ So Christ says, “I am the door. I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.”
The word ‘door’ is a beautiful word. It refers to an eastern shepherd as he’s letting his sheep graze in the morning and in the afternoon. And then when nighttime comes he takes his sheep and gathers the sheep into something called the sheepfold. A sheepfold is a corral-type structure built of rocks and shrubs and the sheep are inside of this corral-type structure. And there is an opening right at the front of this sheepfold.
New Ed: I remember reading every book, every commentary, looking at the original language in the Greek to find out as much as I could about these verses, and also about sheep and about the abundant life.