Thursday, 4 August 2016

Only One Way In

“I am the door”  (John 10:7 KJV)

The ancient city of Troy, made famous by Homer’s account of the Trojan War, had but one door. You could keep circling its walls – but there was only one way in.  In our passage, Jesus is taking the image, not so much of a city, but of a middle-eastern sheep pen…. yet the principle is the same - there is only one way in.

‘The door’…. the very gateway to life and safety – but why can’t it be a case of ‘One God – many doors’?  ANSWER: No other ‘doorway’ can compare with that provided by the person of Jesus.  Have any other candidates for the position beaten humanity’s enemy, Death?  Can any other applicants deal with the problem of Guilt – that keeps sinners excluded?  Are there any other aspirants who are morally flawless?  If not, they are going to be in desperate need of a safe entry themselves!

It can only be this one Person …. And he is big enough to take in people from every strata of society. Further: while Jesus is the only door to God, there are many doors to Jesus!  I was driving once, and I gave a lift to a man of another belief-system.  We got on well.  “I dare to think,” I said, as we finally parted, “that your present beliefs will one day act for you as a stepping-stone – towards Christ himself.”

QUESTION: What exactly do I have to do, to enter in at Christ, the Door?  The answer: simply come - in a prayer of your own words.  Tell him that you are sorry for the wrongs in your life for which He died on the Cross, and that you are now doing an ‘about turn’ from every other possible door to God, and coming to Him as the only door.  Then – for His reply to your prayer - look at words of His in the Bible … at John ‘s Gospel, chapter 6, verse 37: “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”  Let this be Day One of your new life as a follower of Jesus!

For someone, this is your moment, today.  Echo Charlotte Elliott’s famous hymn: “And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come!”