Bible Reading: John 10:1-10
Twice Jesus says that He is the door [v.7, 9] but He also uses the word “doorkeeper” [v.3]. It seems that He is referring to the door of the sheepfold. The sheepfolds in Israel were caves, sheds or open areas surrounded by walls made of stones or branches, and most importantly had only one entrance. It was a place of safety and protection, and the shepherd often slept across the doorway of the fold to protect the sheep. However, Jesus is not just the door of the sheepfold but verse 7 clearly states that He is “the door of the sheep!”
In a very real sense Jesus is the door to salvation – “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” [v.9]
The Greek translated here as saved is ‘sōzō’. Among the meanings of this word are (1) Material and temporal deliverance from danger or suffering; (2) Spiritual and eternal salvation granted to those who believe on Christ; (3) The present experience of God’s power to deliver from the bondage of sin.
These blessings are only found in Christ, and He alone is the door into those blessings. The apostle Peter made it clear that there is salvation in no other name but the name of Jesus [Acts 4:12]. This exclusiveness angers many people but the fact is that this is what God says – the only way to be saved from sin and go to heaven is through Jesus. He is the door.
Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” [Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV].
Notice the double emphasis of the words narrow gate. People tell me that there are many roads that lead to heaven but this is not what the Bible says. The reason that the entrance is narrow is because it is through the cross. Many roads may lead to the cross, but there is no salvation unless we come to the cross of Jesus. At the cross our sins are forgiven and our past is put behind us. Once we come to the cross and enter through this gate Jesus promises to keep us. He says, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand [John 10:29].
If you have come to the cross, turned from sin and believed on the Lord Jesus, and now confess Him as Lord, then you are safe and secure. The path may not be easy, and it is often lined with pain and suffering but He promises to keep you and never leave you.
Why do you think that God has made Jesus and the cross the only way to salvation?
Would you take God’s promise today, that whatever you might be experiencing in your life, He has promised never to leave you? Why not take a few minutes to thank Him for this wonderful promise.