Jesus once made the startling claim that He was the door and that all people could come in through Him! In our worship of Jesus then let’s just stop for a moment and ask: Are we a Roadblock or a Gate? When I traveled in India two years ago we were sometimes stopped at military checkpoints, where the soldiers would look over the documents of everyone to see if they posed a threat during the elections. No one could pass on the road unless they satisfactorily passed their inspection. The gate pictured here was the Bhutan gate between Jaegon India and Phuentsholing Bhutan. During national strikes sometimes it is closed for days.
Have you ever stopped to ask, “Are our styles of worship and our emotional expectations becoming a door that people will want to walk through, or are we becoming a roadblock that keeps out. Roadblocks are there for a reason. They are meant to protect us from an enemy and keep us separate from others. But Jesus never chose safety over salvation! When everyone ran away, Jesus stayed behind and went through an unfair trial and a humiliating death so that we could come to him. What are we doing in our worship and in our church that will be an open door in spite of danger or rejection? Is someone trying to come through our door today?
John 10:9 Yes I am the Gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.