TUESDAY, MARCH 30
I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved,
and will go in and out and find pasture.
John 10:9 (NASB)
THROUGH JESUS, THE DOOR, I ENTER ETERNAL SALVATION
A strong young athlete was wading waist deep in the shallow part of a recreational lake. Unknowingly, he stepped off an underwater ledge and plunged fifteen feet beneath the surface of the water. After several seconds, he bobbed to the top of the water flailing his arms and gasping for breath. The lifeguard attentively watched the situation from a nearby bank. A friend of the struggling young athlete grabbed the lifeguard by the arm and cried out, “Bob can’t swim, you’ve got to help him.” The lifeguard remained unmoved as Bob continued kicking and splashing wildly. The young man’s friend furiously yelled at the lifeguard, “If you won’t go after him, I will!” Calmly but firmly the lifeguard said, “No one can help him yet. I’ll help him when he’s ready for my help.” After a couple more minutes the young athlete stopped his struggles, as his body became limp. The patient lifeguard suddenly dove into the water, swam out to the young man and brought him to shore for a successful rescue. Later, the friend asked the lifeguard, “Why did you wait so long to help my friend.” The lifeguard responded, “As long as Bob was trying to save himself there was nothing I could have done for him. If I had swam out to him he would have grabbed me and pulled me under with him. Only when he was weak, exhausted, and had given up was I able to save him.”
In John 10:9, Jesus promised to be the door of salvation. But we can only be saved when we stop trying to save ourselves. The word “saved” means to rescue from all danger and destruction; to keep safe and sound; or to deliver. When someone trusts Christ, they are forever delivered from the wrath of God against sin. (John 5:24; Rom. 5:9.) Here are three things we are saved from: 1) The penalty of sin which is called justification. 2) The power of sin, which is called sanctification. And 3) The presence of sin when we arrive in heaven, which is called glorification.
In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” The only door to salvation is through faith in Jesus, not being a good person and not going to church. Have you placed your faith in Jesus to save you? If not, do it today. And once you’re through the door, your salvation is “eternal.” You are saved forever.
Take time to praise God for each of the three aspects of salvation discussed above.