Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Door

As we continue on our journey of looking at ways Jesus is depicted in scripture, we are stopping by John 10:7-10.

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

In this passage, Jesus describes Himself as The Door. He says, in effect, He is the gate to abundant life--to pastures of provision and rest. Later in the book of John, Jesus broadens the description: not only is He the door, He is the way. The depth of encouragement in the word picture is without end! Indeed, Jesus is our all in all...He is the door; the source; the way to life. In fact, Jesus is life itself.

Sometimes we find our way to 'the Door' through difficult times. We tend to be distracted in life by doorways which look promising for one reason or another...'false' doorways which lead to death. Satan, the great deceiver, loves to present false 'doors'--dead ends. He loves to obscure the 'Door,' but in Revelation we see a truth that is eternal...Jesus is the open door which Satan can not close!

In Hosea, God promised He would exchange the valley of trouble for a 'Door' of hope to those who turn to Him. Paul reminds us that through faith in Jesus, we have access to a place of grace. We enter through Jesus, the Door, into the very riches of God. Let us go through the 'Door' moment by moment into the spacious, abundant life God has planned for us!

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