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November 23, 2009 / beidson

Door of Death: How to Get Back to God from Here

People are always looking for doors.  Some of them are hoping to find fortune on the other side, some security, some companionship.  But everyone is looking.  And we all look because we all want to pass from this life into another, from our present situation to a greater and better way of living.  None of this is by accident.  We are destined to pass through doors.

When Adam and Even were pushed out of their garden home to be wanderers in the desert, the passage back to Eden was guarded by cherubim.  And we wonder with them, “Is there a way back into God’s presence?  Is there a way back to life?”

Then people tried to build a door into the heavens, a tower that soared above the clouds, upward into God’s presence.  But the Lord crumbled their tower and scattered them across the earth.  They were not using the right door.

Then came judgment, when God sent the angel of death to Egypt.  The only households which were spared were those that had splattered blood across the doorway.  Here we begin to see a doorway back into the Garden, but it came at the price of blood.  The way back to God was deadly and fearful and scary; nevertheless, it offered mercy and new life.

Then there was the Temple, but God was separated and holy–there was a veil which kept us away from him.  Only one could pass through the veil, but even he was not worthy.  God was still inaccessible.  No one was worthy to go behind the veil and pull it back for us so that we might be with God.

Then Jesus comes, saying “Enter by the narrow gate.”  There is a way back to God, he said, but it is much different than you think.  It’s not through sanctification first, but through sacrifice; it’s not by religious service, but by a Redeemer-Savior.

Then Jesus says, “I am the door.”

Then he was crucified.  Sin was crouching at the door, and its desire was to overcome him.  But it could not.  He died, but the veil was torn in two.  He was buried, but Jesus was raised, and he rolled back the door of death that held him in and the way out of the grave was opened up.  Jesus stood in the flesh just a few feet in front of the door that had held his body captive.  Now he stood there, breathing and seeing and hearing, as the doorway to new life.

No longer were there angels guarding the way to the door.  In fact, they said, “He is not here.  He is risen.”  They marvel at the grace and wonder which would welcome sinners back into the paradise of God.

The truth is, we are all born on the inside of the grave, and none of us can pass through it.  We are literally buried alive, kept out of the presence of God.  But there is a door which is opened to us that leads back into the presence of God.  It is splattered with blood; it has been shredded apart.  And Jesus alone leads us through it.  But we must die to enter through it.  It is a door that demands our death, but its promise is eternal life.  Many try to climb in another way; they are robbers and thieves.  Jesus, however, is the Shepherd.  His sheep know his voice, and they follow him through the door.  He died first for us, and now we die with him so that we may reign with him on the other side of the door.

Everyone is looking for a door, but few want to die to enter it.  Many people would rather live in the grave, held in by the door of death, than die so that they may pass through the door of life.  Don’t let that be you.  There is nothing but judgment on the other side of the door.  Repent, and walk through the blood-splattered door of God’s Lamb.  Jesus is the door back to God.  Hear his voice, and follow him, through death, back into the presence of God.

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