I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. (John 10:9)
Jesus, the great I AM, is the entrance into the true church, and the way of access to God Himself. He gives the person who comes to God by Him four privileges:
1) “He will be saved…”
The fugitive manslayer passed the gate of the city of refuge, and was safe. Noah entered the door of the ark, and was secure. No one can be lost if they take Jesus as the door of faith to their souls.
Entrance through Jesus into peace is the guarantee of entrance by the same door into heaven. Jesus is the only door, an open door, a wide door, a safe door; and blessed is he who rests all his hope of admission to glory upon the crucified Redeemer.
“Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)
2) “He will come in…”
He shall be privileged to go in among the divine family, sharing the children’s bread, and participating in all their honors and enjoyments.
He shall go in to the chambers of communion, to the banquets of love, to the treasures of the covenant, to the storehouses of the promises. He shall go to the King of kings in the power of the Holy Spirit, and the secret of the Lord shall be with him.
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1)
3) “He will go out…”
This blessing is often forgotten. We go out into the world to labor and suffer, but what a mercy to go in the name and power of Jesus!
We are called to bear witness to the truth, to cheer the downtrodden, to warn the careless, to win souls, and to glorify God; and as the angel said to Gideon, “Go in the strength you have…” in the same way the Lord would have us go as His messengers in His name and strength.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
4) “He will find pasture…”
The person who knows Jesus shall never want. In fellowship with God he shall grow, and in serving others he shall be served. Having made Jesus his all, he shall find all in Jesus. His soul shall be as a watered garden, and as a well of water whose waters fail not.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
- C.H. Spurgeon