Evening, December 17, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” — John 10:9
Jesus, the great I AM, is the entrance into the true church, and the way of access to God himself. He gives to the man who comes to God by him four choice privileges:
- He shall be saved. The fugitive manslayer was safe when he passed the gate of the city of refuge. Noah entered the door of the ark, and was secure. None can be lost who take Jesus as the door of faith to their souls.
- He shall go in. He shall be privileged to go in among the divine family, sharing the children’s bread, and participating in all their honor and enjoyment. He shall go in to the chambers of communion, to the banquets of love, to the treasures of the covenant, to the storehouses of the promises. He shall go in to the King of kings in the power of the Holy Spirit, and the secret of the Lord shall be with him.
- He shall go out. This blessing is much forgotten. We go out into the world to labor and suffer, but what a mercy to go in the name and power of Jesus! We are called to bear witness to the truth, to cheer the dejected, to warn the careless, to win souls, and to glorify God; and as the angel said to Gideon, “Go in the strength you have,” even so the Lord would have us proceed as his messengers in his name and strength.
- He shall find pasture. He who knows Jesus shall never hunger. Going in and out shall be alike helpful to him: in fellowship with God he shall grow, and in watering others he shall be watered. Having made Jesus his all, he shall find all in Jesus. His soul shall be as a watered garden, and as a well of water whose waters will not fail.