I AM THE DOOR
TEXT: JOHN 10:9
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
This is the third “I AM” statement found in John’s Gospel. Jesus said that He was the door; meaning that He is the only way that a person can have access to God. A door has two functions. First of all, a door allows access into a restricted area. Heaven is a restricted area, and only those who are saved by God’s grace will have access. We receive God’s grace when we trust Jesus as our Savior. Secondly, a door denies access as well. Those who have not trusted Christ will be denied access to heaven. The good news is that we do not have to be denied access because Jesus Himself is the door to heaven. In the fields of Israel. there would be a sheepfold consisting of walls made of brush. There was a single opening with no door. The shepherd himself would lay across the entryway and would literally become the door of the pen. No one could come through the entryway without going through shepherd. So Jesus says all that come into God’s fold must come through him. This verse speaks of salvation because Jesus said if we come to God through Him we would be saved. The idea of the word “saved” is to rescue or to deliver. God delivers us from sin’s penalty when we trust Christ as Savior. He delivers us from sin’s power as we live for Him. One day He will deliver us from sin’s presence when He takes us to heaven. The verse also speaks of security as we are safe in the fold of God. No weapon formed against us will prosper(Isaiah 54:17). We are safe in the Great Shepherd’s care. The verse also speaks of satisfaction. We will go in and out and find pasture. The Shepherd will take care of us as we allow Him to lead us and guide us. God will supply our needs. He will also give us a purpose that will totally transform our lives and give them a new meaning and a divine purpose. Do you need to be saved? Jesus is the door. Do you need to know that your soul is secure, and that you have a home in heaven? Jesus is the door. Do you need a life that has meaning? Jesus is the door!
Thank You for sending Jesus to be our door to heaven. I accept Him as my Lord and Savior and will allow Him to lead me and guide me as You see fit. Lord I ask that You would satisfy me with Your provisions. Lord help me to serve You and be a light to this world. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.