Thursday, February 21, 2008

Only One Door

I am the door.
If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved. (John 10:9)

Domestic sheep in a pen by Michael Melford
Domestic sheep in a pen

Old Testament scholar Sir George Adam Smith says that when he visited the Holy Land he came upon a shepherd and his sheep standing before a stockade. There was no door in that protective enclosure, only an opening the width of a man's body.

Smith asked the shepherd why there was no door, and he explained:
"I am the way in. I stand in the opening, and the sheep pass under me into the stockade. When they are all safely inside, I lie down across that opening. No thief can get in and no sheep can get out except over my body. I am the entrance."

We are like sheep who need a Shepherd (1 Peter 2:25).
For entrance into heaven, a place of eternal bliss,
Jesus gave this amazing claim:
"I am the gate of the sheep... whoever enters through Me, he will be saved"
(John 10:9).


The people listening to Him that day didn't think of a wooden gate swinging on hinges. They understood that He was really saying, "I am the entrance into the homeland of God." He could claim to be the way into that eternal blessedness, the exclusive way into God's glory, because He is the incarnate Son of God.

Jesus answered, "I am the way, the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV).

We gain entrance only by putting our faith in Him. ---Vernon Grounds

Come to the Savior, make no delay--
Here in His Word He's shown us the way;
Here in our midst He's standing today,
Tenderly saying, "Come!" -- Root

There are many ways to hell,
but only one way to heaven.

allposters

In Him, Mimi

15 comments:

Sharon said...

Amen!
Sorry I haven't been around too much lately. This back is taking so long to get better!
I actually get tired of resting and WANT to get to work cleaning my house!

Dawn said...

Beautiful. And I love your choices of pictures and poetry!

Saija said...

how encouraging for those of us who are safely in the fold ...

and hopefully those that don't know - well have the blinders lifted as they read your post ...

blessings on you!

Mary Isabella said...

Threre are not enough words in my vocabulary to express the true meaning of this post. It has touched my heart deeply. Since we are coming upon the Easter season This is so profound!!!! Thank -you so much.....Smiles

Mary Isabella said...

Threre are not enough words in my vocabulary to express the true meaning of this post. It has touched my heart deeply. Since we are coming upon the Easter season This is so profound!!!! Thank -you so much.....Smiles

Adrienne said...

Thank you for this post. I love the Scriptures that tell us about our Good Shepherd. We are not under His protection if we are not IN the fold. Outside is a different story - we're on our own!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for leaving your sweet comments. Yes, I do need to take my dear mother antiquing with me. But, at times, she's a bad influence on me. And my pocketbook. At times she helps me justify my purchase. Not this last time, though. I have been stopping by and checking in here but don't always have time to say hello or leave a comment. I'll be back again soon.
~Adrienne~

Gardener Greg said...

What a great message. I am so glad I dropped in today.

Feathering My Nest said...

Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing this. It is Truth.

Kathi

jennifer said...

PLEASE COME BY MY SITE FOR AN URGENT PRAYER REQUEST!!!JENNIFER

Mike Golch said...

Hi I just came from the dustbunnies site,I saw the great comment you had left and decided to come and visit you.Not to mention the light house.

Sharon said...

I am so thankful for our good shepherd and that He laid down His life for me.

Have a happy weekend! Sharon

SweetAnnee said...

I am there girl,
when we all get to Heaven ..what a glorious day it will be..when we all SEE Jesus
we will stand and shout the victory!!

lovingly ..Deena

Lille meg said...

Yes, so good to know that we have a
sheperd like Jesus! He is the good sheperd.It was good to read about that sheperd you told us about.

Have a blessed weekend!

Sarah said...

Oh wow that's such an interesting story, thank you so much Mimi - it really makes the scriptures I know so well come to life! I love being in the care of the Shepherd.

Hugs.

Sarah x

Cathy said...

I love that post, Mimi, the picture of the sheep, and the similarities of how God cares for us.