Door to Life

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

I can’t remember a time in my life when I have felt so out of control. No, I’m not bouncing off the walls or running in circles trying to figure out what my next step is going to be. I’m just waiting to find out what the next directive will be from our state and local government.

Since the gathering of God’s people can’t take place in the way it has in the past, we are finding new ways to reach out. I recognize that in the days to come there will be a new appreciation for the ability to go to church, to the movies, or out to eat at your favorite restaurant.

Some are even seeking to be there for their pets. I went to Joshua’s and as I got out of the car I could hear Harper. I couldn’t see her but heard her saying to Finn, her dog, that it was going to be okay. I looked around some more then I saw her. She had crawled into the kennel with Finn! She got in so Finn wouldn’t feel so alone in the kennel. I just shook my head.

I had gone to help Joshua change out a door. We had to take it out completely and then put it all back. Since I’m a preacher and not a carpenter, I’m not sure I was much help. But we got the frame put in place. We had to put some shims in to get the door to where it was lined up.

Then we put the door on, but because the floor wasn’t as level as we anticipated, we had to take it off and trim some off of the bottom. After a great deal of time and trouble we were able to get the door up so it would close and open properly. Joshua will finish the project and put in some insulation on the side and then put up the trim.

As I drove back to the house I thought about all the issues we had putting up the door. It was not my favorite task by any means, but once we got it right, I was content. We would now be able to use that door with no issues. Then another thought came to me.

There is another ‘door’ that I had nothing to do with but has been a part of my life and something that I have shared with people down through the years. That ‘door’ is Jesus. Jesus said in John 10:9 – “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Our Father put the door of Jesus in for us. He did it exactly the way it needed to be done so that anyone who would come to Him would find the spiritual food they would need. He sent Jesus into this world so that we would be able to enter into that which He has prepared for us.

Jesus told His disciples in John 14:6 – “I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” There is only one ‘door’ through which we can enter into all that the Father has prepared for us.

There were some things that had to be done before the ‘door’ was in place. Jesus had to endure the trials brought on by those who stood against Him. He had to pass through the time of denial in the garden. He had to withstand the false accusations by the religious leaders. He had to endure the beating, the cross and yes, the grave.

But the stone of the grave was rolled away and Jesus was alive. The ‘door’ of salvation was open to all who would come to Jesus, believe in Him and trust Him to save them.

Unlike the door Joshua and I replaced, the door of salvation, Jesus Christ, can never be replaced. It is always open for all who will come to Him. So in these days, just remember – JESUS is the door to life and -- JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul