The Door

I Am the Door

Well, none of us expected this type of Easter experience. No traditional Good Friday service, no large family meals or Easter egg hunts, and no public gathering to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Honestly, who ever expected an online Easter service! But even in these unprecedented circumstances we were still able to worship, still able to be amazed at the love, grace, and power of God demonstrated on the cursed cross and in the empty tomb!

But, we can be honest; it was different.

Yet in these different and challenging times, the truth of Jesus becomes even more transformative. In a time when it feels like many things have been stolen from us, Jesus offers these words in John ‘s gospel:

“So Jesus again said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly’” (John 10:1-10).

With Jesus’ identity as the door of the sheep, He gives the clear promise of abundant life for His sheep. Let that sink in for a moment in the middle of whatever stress, fear, or worry you may have right now. He came to give us abundant life, and no virus or quarantine can take that away. Yes, COVID-19 may lead to a loss in wages; it may cause your dreams to be washed away; it may steal certain joys; but it and nothing in all creation can steal the abundant life Jesus gives His sheep.

So what is this abundant life Jesus promises? How can we experience His abundant life in the most challenging time many of us have faced? The rest of this week we’ll consider this abundant life; but for starters, let’s get back to Easter.

I thought of a familiar song that suddenly took on a deeper meaning. Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote Because He Lives during a difficult time in their own lives. As God impressed upon them the reality of the resurrection, they penned the chorus as an expression of their faith. As you start this week, let the chorus be an expression of your faith that no virus can ever take away
the abundant life Jesus gives. Feel free to sing.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know, He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives
 
By Philip Jones

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