“Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. … I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.’ ” John 10:7, 11
The salvation that Jesus gave his life to purchase for us is something very specific. Many times we’re confused as to what that salvation is all about but we don’t need to be. Scripture has repeatedly, in many different ways, defined for us exactly what that salvation is.
Salvation is a return to what we lost when we chose to follow Satan and let sin into our lives. Salvation is a return to a personal relationship with God and a hope of the ultimate restoration of a face to face relationship when all has been restored.
That’s why the Ten Commandments start with a command to have no other God besides the God that’s rescued us and led us out of slavery. That’s what’s so beautiful about the Sabbath and why we’re commanded to “Remember the Sabbath day,” because in that day God’s promised that he will be with us and bless us, if we will chose to spend that day with him. That’s what Jesus was saying in John 17:3 when he said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” That’s what John was talking about, in 1 John 1 when he invited his readers to come and have fellowship with the church because our fellowship is with both the Father and the Son.
I could fill page after page with evidence supporting my belief that salvation is, in fact, a returning to a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father, But I don’t need to. In our focus text Jesus says it beautifully, “I am the door of the sheep … I am the good shepherd.”
The first statement tells us that Jesus is the only way for us to get into a relationship with our Father. In truth he is as much father as the Father. Isaiah 9:6, a prophecy about the promised messiah, lists a number of his titles or names and one of them is “the Everlasting Father.” So the wonderful truth of salvation is that the only way to get a relationship with God is to go to God for that relationship.
There’s no other way. There are no prerequisites. The only thing you have to get right to begin a relationship with God is who you go to to get it. Go to God. Go to Jesus the Son of God.
Anyone trying to get you to do something else or to go somewhere else is either deceived themselves or lying. Listen to Jesus. His own words tell us the truth. “I am the door of the sheep.” “I am the way.”
And once you’ve come to Jesus don’t follow anyone else. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.” He also warned us that there are false shepherds out there influencing the sheep. Some would lead you astray and others will leave you unprotected, but Jesus will never abandon you. He’ll always protect you. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than at Calvary when he gave his life so that our sins could be forgiven and our lives could be saved.
Jesus truly is the good shepherd and the only way to salvation.