21
Mar
15

ABSOLUTELY RIGHT

“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved…” – John 10:9

When God commanded Noah to build an ark to be saved from the flood, God was sending the flood to blot out the rest of mankind because “every intent of the thoughts of his (man’s) heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).  Along with the command to build the ark were some specific instructions.  The ark was to be roughly 450 feet long, 150 feet wide and 45 feet high with three decks.  It was also to be made from gopher wood, sealed with pitch, and it was to have a window.

There was one other unique feature of the ark; it was to have one door in its side (Genesis 6:16).  It was through this door that the animals were to enter the ark.  It was also through this door that Noah and his family would enter the ark and save their lives from the oncoming flood.  No one could enter the ark, except through the one door.  It was the only way people could save themselves.

Yet a second curiosity about the door is that God, Himself shut the door (Genesis 7:16).  Once He shut the door, no one else could enter.  Once the floodwaters came, many people undoubtedly beat on the door, begging to come in.  One could imagine the screams of terror as people struggled  to preserve their lives.  While they had their chance to heed the warnings of Noah for over 120 years, their time had run out.

While preaching to the masses, first Jesus declared that he was the door.  It is interesting to note that He did not say that He was “a” door, but that He was “the” door.  Later in the book of John, Jesus would proclaim that He is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).  The second note to observe is that He claims to be the only door to salvation.

C.S. Lewis made the comment that one of two things about Jesus is undeniably true;  in making the claim to be the Son of God and the only path to eternal life, Jesus was either insane or absolutely right.  Since Jesus did die, only to come back from the dead (as witnessed by hundreds), He must have been absolutely right.

There are two paths that one can take for eternity.  One path leads to eternal judgment and torment.  The other path leads to eternal comfort and bliss.  The difference is Jesus Christ, who shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins and rose from the dead so that we could possess eternal life.

Yes, He was absolutely right.

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