Devotional Thought

Jesus Says, “I Am the Door” (John 10:7, KJV)

Are you wondering, “How can I get to heaven?”

Most people think good works are the door to heaven. They think if they try hard enough and avoid major slips into evil, they will make it.

Good works are not good enough. God demands absolute perfection. Only perfect people can go to heaven (Check out Matthew 5:48).

Perfection is where Jesus comes in. He is no ordinary human being. He is the sinless Son of God. That’s why he is the door into the kingdom of God.

Don’t view Christianity from the outside of the door. Don’t look at the bad behavior of some Christians and dismiss the entire religion. No one is perfect, not even Christians.

By his perfect life and innocent death Jesus pays for our sins. That is why the writer to the Hebrews says Jesus “has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (10:14).

Don’t judge by externals, such as the appearance of church buildings.

There is a story about two high school girls who were told by their art teacher to look at the stained glass windows of a certain cathedral. From the outside the windows were dark and dirty. “Nothing beautiful about them,” one of them said.

A passer-by overheard the remark and said, “You can’t judge the beauty of art glass from outside. Go inside.” The girls did. Suddenly they found themselves washed in a spectacular cascade of color pouring through the windows.

The same is true of the Christian faith. The entrance into faith is through Jesus alone. It comes through hearing and believing his Word, the Bible. Those who enter the door see things from the inside.

With the cathedral of God’s love, Christians enjoy the beauty of unshakable confidence that only Jesus can give. He says, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). They are certain of someday entering paradise. Jesus says, “In my Father’s house are many rooms . . . I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:21).

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