My wife Leanne spent nearly five years working for a relocation company. While working as a secretary, she developed relationships with various corporations throughout the United States. One of the benefits of her job was receiving all access passes to the Nascar Race at Dover Downs as well as private suites for a local PGA tour event. These VIP Passes were always one of the highlights of each year, enjoying these sporting events with our 3 children.
So Jesus said again, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that I Myself am the Door [a]for the sheep. 8 All others who came [as such] before Me are thieves and robbers, but the [true] sheep did not listen to and obey them, I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture, John 10:7-9.
Meanwhile, the disciple whom Jesus loved recalls a story Jesus told and a vision that he received. John points out that Jesus referred to himself as the Door twice in back to back sentences. This imagery eludes to a spiritual all access pass. This invitation is for sheep who know, recognize and listen to their spiritual shepherd. Instead of trying to find another way in, Jesus opens the front door for his followers.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me, Revelation 3:20.
In the final book of the Bible, John provides his own analogy of God. Yet, to set the scene, John describes a door that only has a handle on one side. If I’m understanding this illustration correctly, God’s side of the door does not have a handle. While God is able to knock on His side of the door to get our attention, only we can let God in, Romans 6:23. When you do, there is a spiritual access pass awaiting via the Holy Spirit, 2 Peter 1:3-4.
by Jay Mankus