The Apostle John records Jesus saying these words in John 10:9, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
One of the great promises of the gospel, and one of the great promises of Jesus Himself, is that God genuinely desires for all to be saved. But he places an important condition on this salvation. It is not a condition of works or self-righteousness. It is a condition of surrender. It is a condition that says that if we desire to have the blessings which God promises, we must enter in, by the way he has ordained.
This is not designed to be a rigid situation. Or even an impossible one. It is designed to help us see that in order for us to attain that which our heart and soul long for, we must go to the one who has given us access to the one who can fulfill that longing.
The image of a shepherd is one that is very familiar to us as believers. It is something that calls our attention to King David, the great Shepherd King. But more importantly, it reminds us that we all require leading, as we saw last week, and we’re all in need of surrendering ourselves to the call of God to enter into His pasture.
One of the things that happens in life is that we sometimes forget that in spite of ourselves, we truly need God to lead us. And so God calls us to Jesus and says, “Trust in him, look to him as your final and ultimate hope.” And when we do, we will receive that which he has promised from the beginning, our eternal salvation.