Updated: Mar 20, 2020
Doors or gates are necessary to any enclosure. If we think about the need and function of a door in any building, we can readily see what Jesus was trying to say about Himself and God’s kingdom.
Jesus makes it plain when He said, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture” (John 10:9). Jesus is the doorway to God and His kingdom. Humankind is looking for the way to eternal life. Jesus is the entryway. He declares this because so many claim to be the true avenue to God. Jesus’ analogy of His sheep coming in, going out, and finding pasture is very helpful. We come to Christ for rest, restoration, and comfort. Then we go back out into the world. He is the source of our strength and spiritual health. And doorways are for coming and going.
Jesus is the only, absolutely only, way to God. There is a door or gate into God’s favour. But at the same time, the implication is clear. The true door does not stay open forever. The door will be closed when Jesus returns back (Matthew 25:11). This is not to frighten anyone, but rather to demonstrate the urgency of responding to Him.