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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Jesus and "The Door Open to Anyone": Good News From Christianity

In Henri J.M. Nouwen's inspirational devotional book Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith, the author has the following to say about what Jesus has done and for whom:

Jesus is the door to a life in and with God. "I am the gate," he says (John 10:9). "I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). [Please keep reading. I know this verse has been used to painful, negative, exclusionary effect.] Still, many people never have heard or will hear of Jesus. They are born, live their lives, and die without having been exposed to Jesus and his words. 
Jesus opened the door to God's house for all people, also for those who never knew or will know, that it was Jesus who opened it. The Spirit that Jesus sent "blows where it pleases" (John 3:8), and it can lead anyone through the door to God's house.
Don't respond to this right away. Sit with it for a while and let it work on you. See where it takes you.

For more thought provoking spiritual reading, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2013/08/challenging-stages-of-spirituality-by-m.html


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