“I’m the gate; whoever enters via Me can be saved.” — Jesus, as quoted in John 10:9 (NIV)
When our son gave us tickets for a Pittsburgh Pirates house sport quite a few years in the past, I received on-line to see what we might and couldn’t absorb. It had been fairly some time since Dean and I had been to PNC Park, and I wished to evaluate the foundations.
Hubby and I aren’t huge spenders, so we hardly ever bought concession stand meals. Oh, I do know it’s a part of the ballpark expertise, however our wallets can stretch solely to this point. We often packed a cooler with a picnic lunch. One time we munched on sandwiches on a grassy, shady spot not removed from the ballpark.
A number of days earlier than the sport, I Googled “PNC PARK” and clicked on the knowledge web page for meals and beverage/gate coverage.
A tough-sided cooler was out, however we had been allowed one soft-sided bag every, no bigger than 16-by-16-by-Eight inches. No ice packs or cooler inserts. Sealed, clear water bottles no bigger than 24 ounces had been allowed, however not carbonated drinks, sports activities drinks, cans or thermoses. Luggage had been topic to be checked. No surprises there.
However there was a brand new coverage that semi-surprised me: Each individual needed to undergo a steel detector earlier than being allowed within the ballpark. It was much like going via the safety checkpoint on the airport, besides you didn’t should take your jacket, belt and sneakers off. And you’ll maintain your pockets, keys and watch. However your cellphone, pill, laptop computer and digital camera needed to go in a tray as you walked via the detector.
In gentle of right this moment’s world, this was for the protection and safety of everybody who attended the sport.
Sometime we’ll all stand on the gate of heaven. We gained’t have to fret about taking meals in — certainly, all who enter will get pleasure from a banquet of unimaginable proportions. And we gained’t want any of our digital devices. Every thing we want for our everlasting life can be ready for us within the dwelling place (some variations use the phrase “mansion”) Jesus stated He’d put together for us (John 14:2).
Though we gained’t should go via a tool that detects issues that aren’t allowed in (see Revelation 21:8; 22:15 — in brief, sin), we do should go via the one and solely gate that can enable us in: Jesus Himself.
“I’m the gate,” He stated. “Whoever enters via Me can be saved” (John 10:9).
“I’m the best way, the reality, and the life,” He stated. “Nobody involves the Father besides via Me” (John 14:6).
And once more: “God has given us everlasting life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who doesn’t have the Son of God doesn’t have life” (1 John 5:11-12).
Strolling via the gate of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all of the sin that may maintain us out of heaven.
Have you ever handed via the gate? Have you ever gotten into the sport?
Thanks, God, for offering the best way into Your private home. Amen.
Learn and mirror on John 10:7-11.