John 10:7b (ESV)
[Jesus said]”Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.”
Have you come to the door?
I moved to a new church at the end of March 2020, just as the United States was literally shutting doors in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The church to which I was called had closed its doors to in-person worship just two weeks earlier, with hope the closing would be temporary. The church doors are still closed as I write. These times have offered me opportunities to write and roam. At night I will take a walk through the neighborhood in which I have found temporary shelter. I’ll walk for several miles passing by many closed doors. Through the windows of homes I can see people moving about, lamps aglow, and sometimes hear the sounds of homelife. Once in a while I see an open front door with little between me and the life inside but the glass pane of the storm door. Living alone in a new city at these times is challenging. When I see such an open door I’m stirred to enter. I wonder if anyone relates this way to Jesus’ words, “I am the door.” I think about the condition of the persecuted and rejected people gathered around Jesus that day. Some must have longed to step through any door to leave behind the darkness. They didn’t know where Jesus’ door led to, but they believed it was going to be better than where they were. These days most doors are closed to encourage “social distancing.” Jesus the Door is open and waiting to let you enter and gain a new life. Have you come to the door? Step through. Jesus has opened the way for you.
“Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” Helen Keller