Summary: Jesus is the door or the gate to heaven. It is only through Him that we are able to find eternal life and a relationship with Abba Father. There is no other gateway into eternity than this doorway.
“I am the gate or door!”
“I Am” - series - pt 4
Thesis: Jesus is the door or the gate to heaven. It is only through Him that we are able to find eternal life and a relationship with Abba Father. There is no other gateway into eternity than this doorway.
The visual -- A door on the stage to make the point!
As most of you know I was a carpenter before I was a Pastor so I have hung and installed a lot of doors in houses, in offices, and many other places.
Doors are a good thing to have on your building.
Many of us also have gates on our back yard fences as well. A lot of buildings place gates around its boundaries for specific reasons.
These doors and gates have two primary purposes:
1. To let people in or out.
2. To keep people and unwanted things out.
Illustration: TV Show “Let’s Make a Deal.” With Monty Hall - You get to choose from 3 doors:
Door #1 – Religion “You do it!”
Door #2 – Idol worship – like Materialism “You deserve it and it will make you happy”
Door #3 – Jesus “He does it.”
Opening video Illustration transition from worship: Wingclips.com Narnia movie clip “The Wardrobe.”
The following from Wingclips.com:
Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.
Based on the beloved classic novel by ‘CS Lewis’, Four London children are sent to a professor’s country home in order for protection during World War II. There they find a magic wardrobe that leads to a mystical land called Narnia, which is being ruled by an evil witch. To defeat the witch, they must join forces with Aslan, the lion God of Narnia. He is a type of Christ and to get from this world to the next they must enter the door of the wardrobe. This is the only gateway to the other world. No other path leads to Narnia only this door.
Scene Setup: The Germans have begun their blitzkrieg of London. In order to keep
them safe, parents all over the city are sending their children to stay with friends and
relatives in rural areas of the country. Four siblings are sent to a great old mansion
where only an aged professor and his uptight housekeeper live peacefully tucked
away. The children, growing bored of sitting quietly, decide to play a game of hide
and seek. Lucy, the youngest, opens a door that hasn't been opened in a long time.
Application: As the story unfolds we learn about a prophecy...that once Aslan is on
the move again, four human children will come to Narnia and help set the nation free
from evil. Yet, at the beginning of the story, it's hard to see God at work…. It seems
that a little child has simply found a good hiding place. Nevertheless, in hindsight, we
can see God directing the children to choose a game where she would be forced to go
into strange places; then, gently prompt her to open the door; then, help her risk
taking off the wardrobe cover; and finally, give her the courage to step into a place
that she would never have discovered otherwise…. So subtle, yet certainly something a great God could arrange.