There is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
A sign on the emergency exit door of a local restaurant read: “This door is not an exit.” More than once, I’ve wondered, “If it’s not a way to leave the restaurant, then why the door?” Of course, the door exists only to be used in an emergency, not for the standard coming and going.
Peter and John were imprisoned for preaching the message of one door: Jesus, the Messiah. They declared that Jesus alone was the one and only hope for exiting a world of sin and sorrow and entering a kingdom of salvation and eternal life. The Jewish religious leaders rejected Jesus as the Messiah, so they thought that putting his messengers in prison would silence them. But it was too late. Thousands of citizens in the city had already listened, responded, and become citizens of his kingdom.
We used to sing a little chorus in Sunday school that said, “One door and only one, and yet its sides are two; I’m on the inside, on which side are you?” While a catchy tune, the song raises an important question in this day of religious pluralism—where many religions declare they are the door. But only Jesus Christ proved by his life and death and resurrection that he is the one and only door
Reinforce your belief in the One Door.
Jerry Brecheisen is an author and ordained elder who served The Wesleyan Church as a pastor and director of communications at the headquarters in Indiana.
© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.