I Am: The Door • Devotion #4: Compassion, Protection, Salvation

“So Jesus again said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.’” John 10:7-10

Have you ever had a door slammed in your face? When I was 18 years old, I went to a very conservative Baptist college. One of the requirements of the school was to go from door to door and tell people about Jesus. To be honest, it was a scary thing for me. I will never forget the time when a small group of us rang the door at a particular home. A man opened the door and immediately slammed it back in our faces. That was a scary door. In John chapter 10, Jesus tells us that He is the door. Jesus says whoever enters through Him will be saved and will find pasture. Today, I want you to think about the amazing door that Jesus offers. 

First, it is a door of compassion. Matthew 9:36 says, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Maybe today you need to remember the amazing compassion given to us by our Savior. Growing up conservatively, it is easy for me to fall back into thinking God is a rule-enforcing, angry God. I sometimes need to stop and remember the door of compassion my God has opened for me. 

Next, know that God offers the door of protection. I have read that shepherds would lay across the entrance and would physically become the door. Any wolf that wanted to get to the sheep would have to physically go through the shepherd. In I Samuel chapter 17, David explains how he is a shepherd and how he protected his sheep by killing a lion and a bear. This is an amazing picture of the door that the Lord offers to us. He is our defender and protector. 

Lastly, Jesus is the door of salvation. It is only through Him that we may enter into life. Jesus says that people will seek different ways to get to God, but only through Him may we have salvation. Today, remember the wonderful door that Christ offers to us through compassion, protection, and salvation.

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