A number of weeks ago, we did a short series within a series called on Jesus’ “I am statements.” Here’s an excerpt from one of the more popular ones:
Jesus says that he’s the door. What happens when you enter through the door? You 1) receive salvation, 2) go in and out, and 3) find pasture. These are four critical aspects of the believer’s life. Many years ago, there was a lot of debate about things like when we actually get saved, or if we are choosing to get saved or having it chosen for us. These are all things I’m not interested in debating, because I believe God is not bound by our ideas of theology. Rather, I choose to see the way Jesus has revealed himself in Scripture and in our lives, and believe that He’s willing to do things from a different form than we are used to. Consider all the miracles we’ve talked about in the book of John so far: water into wine, lame man, official’s son, man born blind. Each miracle was done in a different way. Jesus is infinitely unique. And we don’t need to be concerned about how exactly he’s planning on doing it. He’s good and that’s great! Back to the main verse: Receive salvation. This is showing us one important thing. No matter how your story happens, and I believe many are unique and that’s great, Jesus is the door. We enter in through Jesus. Your life of salvation is through Jesus. What is salvation? It’s being saved. Saved from what? Saved from your sin, death, evil spirits, sickness, etc. Saved to what? Saved to the Kingdom, health, freedom, and eventually heaven. We are saved. If you enter in through Jesus, I have good news for you: you’re saved. Next is going in and out. I struggled with this one during my preparation time. I think there’s an element connected to our idea of “testimony is the Spirit of prophecy.” Jesus says, what I’ve done before, I’ll do again. Jesus is a door. That means, when he shows up (through a miracle or a sense of his presence), there’s entrance into another reality, beyond what we have. I believe strongly that Jesus is around us a lot more than we think, and he’s desiring for us to open the door. I believe we have a heavenly reality that trumps, or goes above, our reality here in on earth. That is the Kingdom of God. A quest we have at Aroma is learning to move freely in this reality. We can enter the Kingdom… we can go in and out. I believe it’s much easier than we currently think it is. This starts with a change in our understanding. Our minds need to be renewed (Romans 12:1-2). The final element of this door is “pasture.” Jesus is saying he’s coming to give us abundant life. Now, just what are the confines of this life, I don’t dare say. I’m only confident of one thing: it’s better than we think it is. It’s more full of Jesus, his joy, his peace, his power, and love than we ever imagined. We need to maintain ourselves continually in the free flow of an abundant life in Christ. He came for us to have life and have it to the full.