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May 26 – Jesus, the door

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” – John 10:9

Scripture reading: John 10:1-15

Jesus is the Door. What Jesus means in this context, is that He is the Shepherd that lays Himself down in the opening of the community sheepfold, to protect His sheep. Nobody could enter or leave, except by being allowed in through the Shepherd.

So, this name brings us to the question: Are you part of Jesus’ fold and have you entered in through Jesus alone! Jesus is the entrance way to our enjoyment of salvation. It isn’t good works, experiences, tears, spiritual feelings, spiritual conversations, or biblical and theological knowledge. The question is: Have you entered in through Christ?! When we enter, He makes us realize that we have gone astray like lost sheep, and that God has laid on Him our iniquity. When we come to Him, drawn by His love and carried by His grace, we learn to lean on His shoulder, resting on what He does for us to save us, leaning on His finished work and trusting His blood for the forgiveness of all our sins.

Jesus’ promise is: those who have entered in by Christ will be saved! That is not all. When this verse talks about going in and out, it doesn’t mean that we can somehow lose our salvation. No, it means that now we learn to follow Him wherever He leads us! We listen to His voice and follow Him. He leads us to green pastures. His rod and staff keep us from sin. He teaches us to die to sin.

Suggestions for prayer

Praise God that Jesus is the entrance door into salvation. Pray for grace to more fully trust His finished work alone. Confess your sins when you realize you have gone astray like a lost sheep.

Rev. Pieter van der Hoek served the Heritage Reformed Church of Burgessville ON Canada since May 2017. This year he took a call to the Heritage Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa USA. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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