“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, MEV
When I think of this statement, I’m reminded of a vignette from the wonderful book, Watership Down. It’s an amazing adventure story about some wandering rabbits and how they make a home for themselves on Watership Down in England.
In this particular climactic scene, the evil General Woundwort (a huge, aggressive tyrant of a rabbit) is attacking the warren. All the does and kittens are inside, and their champion, a rough and tumble rabbit called Bigwig, has placed himself in the door with a vow that no evil thing shall pass.
The battle rages outside the door, with Woundwort mercilessly pummeling Bigwig who stands his ground. Inside, one of the rabbits is telling the kittens a story of the cunning and cleverness of their mythic hero, El-Ahrairah. The kittens and their mothers are concentrating on the prowess and promise of their rabbit prince who has given them victory in ages past.
Bigwig is the door, taking the beating for the little ones inside.
This seems to me a picture of our hearts in troubled times. We place ourselves on the inside of Jesus, who called himself the door and the gate; we trust that no evil thing will pass that door, and we focus on the love he has lavished on us.
Meanwhile our Hero takes the beating to protect us … and like Bigwig in the story, we know he prevails.