Jn.10:9 – I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
Recently the Lord spoke to our church about an open door He had set before us. To be even more clear, in today’s verse Jesus tells us that He Himself is that door. He is the open door for everything that pertains to life for us. This verse speaks to us about the open door to salvation, entering into life itself. It tells us of the open door into His pasture of nourishment. This door leads us to a place of spiritual nourishment feasting on God through His written word. It also tells us about a place of protection, we are kept safe from the spiritual thieves and robbers that try to bring us back into some version of slavery. This is also the door into the community, the local church, where we experience the life among all of His sheep. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on today’s verse.
“Christ is the door of the sheep, if any man enter into the sheepfold, as one of the flock, he shall be saved; shall not only by safe from thieves and robbers, but he shall be happy, he shall go in and out. First, Plain directions how to come into the fold: we must come in by Jesus Christ as the door. By faith in him, as the great Mediator between God and man, we come into covenant and communion with God. There is no entering into God’s church but by coming into Christ’s church; nor are any looked upon as members of the kingdom of God among men but those that are willing to submit to the grace and government of the Redeemer. We must now enter by the door of faith… Secondly, Precious promises to those who observe this direction. They shall be saved hereafter; this is the privilege of their home. These sheep shall be saved from being distrained and impounded by divine justice for trespass done, satisfaction being made for the damage by their great Shepherd, saved from being a prey to the roaring lion; they shall be for ever happy.”
I spent years try to find my way into life some other way. Let me say this emphatically, there is no other way. Jesus is the only door that leads to life. You won’t find it in new age meditation, secular education, or experimentation with the pleasures of this world. Christ alone is the Door who leads us into life.