DEVOTION, MARCH 1, 2021
I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved. (John 10:9).
I love the Gospel of John. While I love all four Gospels, I would have to say that John is my favorite. Over and over, he states so clearly how we can find salvation. Our verse this morning is just one of many examples. Jesus declares that He is the gate. He is the only gate leading to eternal life. That is clear in John 14:6, where He declares that no one comes to the Father except through Him. We have the assurance that as we place our trust in Him (enter the gate marked “Jesus), we will be saved.
By and through Jesus, we enter into salvation. As long as our faith in Him is living and active, we have the promise of eternal life. God has made the message of salvation very simple and straightforward: trust Jesus. As we identify with Him, trusting Him as our Savior and Lord, we will be saved. Many details in theology may puzzle us: God is a Trinity; Jesus is God and man in one person; the communication of attributes; how faith and good works interact; how the church fits into the picture; etc. You may not feel comfortable dealing with all the inroads of theology, but salvation is not contingent on your being able to pass a test in theology! The one thing God requires of us is simple: faith in Jesus. If you trust in Jesus, you have entered into the one gate that leads to life. Trust in Jesus and never let go of Him, and you will end up in heaven. That is His promise to you.
Father, I thank you for making the doctrine of salvation plain and simple. While as a pastor, I love delving into the inroads of theology, I pray I will never lose sight of the simplicity of the Gospel. May faith in Jesus always rule in my heart. May my trust in Him abide with me all the days of my life. In His name, Amen.