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I Am The Door

John 10:1-9




      We have in these verses a most instructive picture of Christ himself. He utters one of those golden sayings which ought to be dear to all true Christians. They apply to people as well as to ministers. ‘1 am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.’

We are all by nature separate and far off from God. Sin, like a great barrier wall, rises between us and our Maker. The sense of guilt makes us afraid of him. The sense of his holiness keeps us at a distance from him. Born with a heart at enmity with God, we become more and more alienated from him by prac­tice the longer we live. The very first questions in religion that must be answered are these: ‘How can I draw near to God? How can I be justified? How can a sinner like me be reconciled to my Maker?’
The Lord Jesus Christ has provided an answer to these mighty questions. By his sacrifice for us on the cross, he has opened a way through the great barrier and provided pardon and peace for sinners. He has ‘suffered for sin, the just for the unjust, to bring us to God’. He has opened a way into the holiest, through his blood, by which we may draw near to God with boldness and approach God without fear. And now he is able to save to the uttermost all who come unto God by him. In the highest sense he is ‘the door’. No one ‘can come to the Father’ but by him.
Let us take heed that we use this door and do not merely stand outside looking at it. It is a door free and open to the chief of sinners: ‘If any man enter in by it he shall be saved.’ It is a door within which we shall find a full and constant supply for every want of our souls. We shall find that we can ‘go in and out’ and enjoy liberty and peace. The day comes when this door will be shut for ever and men shall strive to enter in, but not be able. Then let us make sure work of our own salvation. Let us not stand tarrying without and halting between two opinions. Let us enter in and be saved.


Suggested further reading: Hebrews 10:19-25
For meditation: The door to heaven is still wide open. Have you yet entered in?


J. C. Ryle

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