When I lived overseas for missions, my boss had workers install a heavy door for my safety. It weighed over 200 lbs and had steel pins that shot into the ceiling and sides of the wall. I had two keys, one of which I had to turn four times. I felt safe. Until I left town…. Then thieves broke into my house by climbing off the roof onto my balcony. They broke a window, ransacked my house, found my spare key in a coat pocket, and left out the front door with all my electronics and American food. Fortunately, Jesus serves as a much better protection than my steel door did.
Jesus is our door for protection
Jesus said in John 10:1 that only thieves and robbers enter places without using the door. People going somewhere for legitimate purposes enter by the door. John 10:7-8 says, “Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them” (NKJV).* Jesus serves as the door at the entrance of the pen to deter robbers and protect His sheep. Even though my belongings were stolen, I remained unharmed. God was the true protector of my home, not a steel door. He saved me from the thieves.
Jesus is our door for salvation.
John 10:9 says, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” When we enter by the door, Christ, we have salvation. The sheep pen in Bible times had one door for security reasons. One true way to enter. The thieves and robbers tried to jump over the fence, but that way was not legitimate. Jesus is the only door to salvation for our souls. Many people will try to tell you that as long as you journey well, all roads lead to the same place. Don’t believe them. They are trying to steal your hope for eternity. Refuse the lies and embrace the truth. Walk through the door of Christ into His saving grace for you. There is no other way to enter into His salvation.
Jesus is the door for our provision.
Jesus it not only our salvation, but also our provision. In the second half of John 10:9, Jesus shares that we “will go in and out and find pasture.” God loves to give good things to His children. When we come to Him with our needs, He provides for us wherever He leads us to go. There have been times that I tried to do things on my own. Then I got frustrated because I was looking to myself for my provision instead of God. Now I go to the Lord and enter into a land of abundance where He feeds me so that I can thrive. He is not a stingy God, withholding His blessings from me. When I graze in the grass He gives me, I have all I could ever need.
I love how Jesus sums up His description of being the door in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Satan wants to leave us destitute. He wants to destroy our minds and reputations. The way of Jesus is the complete opposite. He gives us abundant life here on earth by protecting and providing for us and paves the way for our eternity by being the door of our salvation. I am thankful that I can trust Jesus as my door better than I did my door overseas. May we enter through Him for our protection, salvation, and provision.
Joanna Eccles has led Bible studies for over ten years and completed the year-long C. S. Lewis Fellows Program. She is passionate about discipleship and helping people know God better. Joanna enjoys coffee, traveling, and reading, and currently lives in Virginia.