Jesus Is The Door

(John 10:9)


   Imagine a situation in which you are trapped inside a building. You are trapped because waiting outside of one of the two doors is a sniper that will shoot anyone who opens it.  Now, imagine the joy and relief that you would feel if somehow you knew which door was safe to pass through.  Anyone who valued life would dart for that safe door, away from impending death.  In our lives we face a much more terrible danger.  We are threatened with death that will not end with the stopping of our hearts.  We are warned of pain and anguish that will not relent, nor will it ever cease (Matthew 25:30; 25:46).  But there is a way to escape this horrible end.  By the grace of God, we can be sure of the door that leads to salvation and away from death and destruction.


   Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9). “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). So, to be saved one must enter through Jesus, but how is this done? Paul said, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ,” and “do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” 


   It’s simple. The way that the Bible says one enters into Christ is through baptism, or immersion in water, for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). We have been blessed with a loving Savior who wishes for all of us to be saved (II Peter 3:9).  But we must enter through the door.  Jesus said that anyone who tries to enter through any other way is a “thief and a robber” (John 10:1). Only upon faith, repentance, and baptism can one be an heir to the salvation that Christ has promised. 


   If you are standing outside of Christ Jesus, you are faced with a choice. You can pass through the safe door, Jesus Christ, and enter into life eternal. Or, by passing through any other door, you can choose death.  The choice is simple…what will your decision be?


- - - - Darrell Powell