Friday, May 15,2020
Open the doors! We have heard that shouted loudly in our state. Maybe it is happening.
Doors have several functions, of which I believe two stand out as primary – keep things in or keep things out. The doors of our house are locked at night to keep people out so we feel safe. The doors are unlocked during the day to allow us to exit for our daily activities.
In the Gospel of John, when Jesus meets Nathanael, He calls him a true Israelite. The name Israel was given to a man named Jacob in the Old Testament, and it was through Jacob that the twelve tribes of Israel were born. One night, when Jacob was pondering the things of God, a vision appeared to him. A ladder extended from the earth to heaven, and angels were ascending and descending the steps. Jacob saw this as a sign that the place where he was sleeping was the gateway – the door – to heaven.
When Jesus declared to Nathanael that he was a true son of Israel, He saw him seeking access to God in the same way as his forefather Jacob. Then Jesus said this:
John 1:51 “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
WOW! Jesus announces to Nathanael that He is the door to heaven. Access to the Father comes only through Christ.
Maybe the reason the door always seems shut on your spiritual pursuits is that you are knocking on the wrong door. Jesus is the door, and He will open Himself to whomever knocks, and bring you the abundance of life you are seeking.
John 10:7- “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep…I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture…I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Today is the day the door will be opened to let you into eternal relationship with Jesus. All you need do is repent of trying all the other doors, and turn to belief in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Then, in an amazing act of power and grace, Jesus will close the door with you inside, and you will never be lost. The Door let’s you in. The Door keeps you in.
Trust Jesus to save you today.