Depending on where you are and why and how you say the word, what you say could mean many different things. Finding that meaning requires what we call context. This is especially true when someone like Jesus says, “I am the door” or “I am the gate.” Jesus’ audience knew the context of Jesus’ statement. And when He said this they saw sheep and shepherds and danger and sacrifice and doors and peace and protection and God. So, while it sounds downright strange to hear, “I am the door/I am the gate” is a message of hope and life. And we do well not only to hear it but to understand it as thoroughly as we can.