By Emma Danzey, Crosswalk.com
I Am the Door
By Emma Danzey
John 10:9-10 says, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Why Does Jesus Call Himself the Door?
In claiming that He is the door, Jesus is saying that He is the only way to heaven. He is the only way to receive forgiveness for sins. He is the only way in. The context of this verse is found just before Jesus makes that statement that He is the Good Shepherd. The original Greek word in Strong’s concordance is thyra, meaning “a door.” Jesus is referencing a gate to the sheep to enter through. Believers in Christ are the sheep in HIs pasture. He is our Good Shepherd who welcomes us in.
A door indicates that not everyone can come inside. When we think about our modern-day homes, most of us have front doors with locks on them. Those who we know who know us are welcome to come in, but we would never allow a stranger to come inside our house uninvited. Jesus is saying that He is inviting all people to Himself. He is welcoming all people to come and knock on the door of salvation and receive His free gift. However, not everyone chooses to accept His invitation. Those who remain on the outside might see the door as offensive or exclusive, but in reality, the door is open for them if they knock.
Luke 12:24-26 says, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
How Do We Find Hope in the Door?
We as Christ-followers can find great joy in the fact that Jesus is our Door. Luke 11:9-10 says, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”
We will not be turned away from God when we ask Jesus to be our Savior. We have a guarantee that we will be accepted into the family of God not because of anything we have done, but through His great grace. This brings great hope that we are received and loved. The door is opened to us. We don’t have to fear if we will be shut out when we make a mistake, God’s grace is sufficient for us and the door is always open for those who believe in Christ. This is true freedom.
The Empty Tomb
There is an incredible connection in Jesus’ resurrection to Him claiming to be the Door.
Matthew 27:60 says, “and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.”
Jesus declared Himself as the door and the door of the tomb was later rolled away (Matthew 28:2). Sin had no place to prevent the new life. We are welcome to come and see the evidence of the risen Savior. We are not closed out but invited in. Not only that, we are instructed just as the women at the empty tomb to share that good news with others (Matthew 28:7).
Intersecting Faith and Life:
Have you accepted Jesus’ open door for you to enter His kingdom? If not, ask Him to be your personal Savior today. Knock on the door of salvation and receive His gift to you. If you have made this decision, spend time thanking Jesus for making a way for you to be welcomed into the family of God.
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Emma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew and they have been married for over a year. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She has the joy of being the host of Her Many Hats podcast where she explores the many roles that women play while serving One God.
Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Currently, she is in the editing stages of her first published book on singleness. Emma also had the privilege of being a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com
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