As soon as I saw this image of a door, this verse came to my mind and I haven’t been able to shake it free from my thoughts. It was interesting to me that John 10:9 was laid on my heart, and not the more frequently used Revelations 3:20 (look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about <g>).
Perhaps it’s all the Brian McLaren and Vincent Donovan I’ve been reading. I think both have immensely important things to say to us about how followers of Jesus should be working in the world. But both are wrong when they say things like:
“Do we believe in a God who loves Christians more than pagans, or who plans to save only those who know of, and believe in, Christ?…Salvation is possible in Hinduism, Buddhism, animist paganism, Judaism.” (Donovan, Christianity Rediscovered, pg 142).
Or McLaren when he derides this idea about Jesus:
“His mercy extends to those who have correct saving faith and orthodox articulations of belief…He will damn to hell those who believe they can be saved through their own efforts or through any religion other than the new one He is about to form.” (McLaren, Everything Must Change, pg 103)
I’m not saying that we don’t re-think the context of the truths of the gospel for our time and place. But I am saying Jesus was pretty clear when He declared, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6). Or “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Or how about: “I am the door.”
Jesus ALONE is the door, the gate that His sheep must go through in order to be safe within His pastures. There is no other door. You can try to climb over the wall, but then you’re just a “thief and a robber” (vs. 8). Enter through the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13) and be saved. And, yes, few are those who find it.