What Does it Mean When Jesus Calls Himself “The Door”

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What does is mean when Jesus calls Himself “the door”?

Feb 22, 2020

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: What does is mean when Jesus calls Himself “the door”? — T.D.

A: Every house and building has at least one entrance. Every nation has points of entry. The children of Israel entered the Promised Land by way of the Jordan River. God had delivered them out of slavery and persecution into a better country, and that entry point still remains today.

The kingdom of God also has an entrance — only one — and it is Jesus Christ. He proclaims, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved” (John 10:9). The human heart has an entrance as well, but many have it bolted, defiantly refusing to let Christ come in. The Bible says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20).

God formed our hearts and wants to dwell there, but many have locked theirs up, ignoring the Savior who says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Still, many refuse His salvation by claiming that they don’t believe there is only one way to God.

In 1971, when the crew of Apollo 15 returned to the earth’s atmosphere after a journey of nearly 300 hours and almost half a million miles, they had to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere through a corridor less than 40 miles wide. That is a narrow passage. This illustrates what Jesus said: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction” (Matthew 7:13).

Jesus Christ opened Heaven’s door for us by His death on the cross and by His resurrection from the grave. When He knocks, do not turn Him away.

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(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

(c)2020 BILLY GRAHAM DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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