The open door that no one can shut.
While still on the earth, Jesus assured His followers that He is the “gate,” door to heaven. John 10:9; John 14:6. Accordingly, He tells the Church in Philadelphia, “‘I know your works, See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it…’” Revelation 3:8, NKJV. He assures them that He did not leave them to face the wicked world alone. “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” Revelation 3:10, NKJV. Because of the difficult circumstance, the first-century believers needed assurance that Jesus has opened the door to heaven forever, for all to enter. Perhaps John himself longed to see if the door to heaven is open to all. Maybe this is why, as we shall see later, he looked to the sky to see if the door to heaven is open. An unstated question comes to mind of the readers. Why was the way to heaven closed for the humankind?
Because of our sin in the garden of Eden, we lost the freedom and the right to approach the heavenly Father without an intermediary. Our sin erected the barrier between us and God, which we could not overcome. “Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That He cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” Isaiah 59:1 – 2, NKJV. God, to enable us to approach Him freely, removed our sin from us. “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.” Romans 8:3, NKJV. By having His Son suffer the cross, on our behalf, God removed our sin from us and qualified us to enter the Most Holy without fear, in prayer in the name of Jesus Christ.
What, or Who is the open door? Mathew answers. “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.” Mathew 27:50 – 51. The curtain, which split in two separated the Most Holy chamber from the rest of the temple. The curtain represented, symbolically, the body of Jesus Christ as it hung on the cross. Therefore, the splitting of the curtain symbolized the pierced body of Jesus Christ. “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh.” Hebrews 10:19 – 20, NKJV. Apostle Paul maintains that Jesus inaugurated, or established, a reality which had no prior existence, no precedence. The Cross of Christ brought to reality a genuinely new circumstance, a new way. Now, the way to God stands open forever and for all who want to enter through Jesus Christ only.
Jesus returns to the Father to open the door. Next blog.