The Door

“I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture.”

John 10:9

Jesus makes yet another monumental and outrageous claim for a man. He says He is The Door, the one and only door that will save you from destruction. Only the holy God could or would make such a claim and demonstrate that it is a true statement and valid claim.

It supposes that there are other doors. The other doors are other kinds of life away from Jesus and down into another room for living. They are wrong doors, because they lead away from eternal life, to a place of destruction. They may be attractive to you, they may be left open a little bit, so that you can easily get in, but they are bad choices. There is only one door that leads of life, and that door is a person.

The person is able to save and rescue us from our sin and the consequences of it. Only He can do this because He has already pains the price for your sins. The law of God requires the shedding of blood to pay for sin. Hod requires a death to lay for sin. Only Jesus is the Saviour of the world and can forgive and change human hearts and minds.

When Adam and Eve sinned, God covered their shame with the skins of dead animals. Those animals had to die to cover over the results of their sin. The ancient sacrifices of animals to pay for sin, as pictures of Jesus the coming Saviour, are again, reminders that without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

Only Jesus is able to shed His blood as a substitute sacrifice for sorry us. We cannot do it for ourselves, since we are corrupt and full of sin, dead in sin in fact.

Why is God so particular about this? Why does someone have to die?

Sin is serious. It is the destroyer of the whole world, and human lives with it. We don’t realise because we are used to it and born into it, and think it is “normal” God is holy and will not tolerate sin or sinners at all. They cannot come into His presence without the shedding of the blood. The breaking of God’s holy law requires compensation, and it is a terrible compensation. We need to realise the seriousness of what we do every time we sin.

It’s crucial we enter in through Jesus the door. We can’t afford to walk past this door and miss it. Many do and many are lost, going in through the doors that cannot save us. We can see the door and where it leads us, in the Holy Scripture. As we read and search for God, the Spirit will reveal the way to us and convict us of our need for forgiveness and help us to choose rightly and enter in through the door of Christ.

It requires no effort, but we just walk through. We cannot do anything to save ourselves. The door says, “whoever wants to can come in..” this is the invitation presented to us today. If you have never entered into this room through the door of Jesus and faith in Him, do so now… you will never regret it. Just shut out the world (close your eyes) and confess your sinfulness and ask Him to forgiven and change you. He died to save you and loves you so much. He will forgive anyone who is sorry, and anything that has come in the way of Him in your life.

It is not attractive on the outside. It doesn’t appeal to our human taste. We want to contribute and do something from God, but we can’t. We just believe and receive. Believe that Jesus can save us and trust in Him, and receive the gift of forgiveness and new life that He gives to us.

As we enter we see the beauty of the Lord and He changes us and cleanses us and makes us like Him. We enter the door of eternal life, a life so wonderful that it lasts forever, forever in the presence of the one we love the most. In that room with that door, we find perfect liberty and protection. No one can take us away for Him, and He will keep us safe in Him forever. He will feed us and ensure we have the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives, making us more and more like Him. This is life and peace with God.

“I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture.”

John 10:9

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