Old Testament scholar Sir George Adam Smith says that when he visited the Holy Lang 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 the 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 door of the sheep…. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved” (John 10:7, 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 the eternal blessedness, the exclusive way into God’s glory, because He is the incarnate Son of God.
Jesus is the only way to heaven (John 14:6). 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.
- May 5, Vol. 12A, Our Daily Bread