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 —
Daisuke Okada: Japan Bible Academy | Japan
Here we find one of the great “I am” sayings of Christ. Christ is the door that provides salvation and fullness of life. This is the fundamental and essential truth claim of Christianity. It is the exclusive claim of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no other door that people can enter through to have eternal life. Christ alone is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). No matter how people may argue or how hardened their hearts may be, our task is to tell the world that Christ is the only door. Unfortunately, this kind of exclusive claim is unpopular and unwelcomed by the world we live in, and Japan is no exception. In fact, not only is the concept of exclusive truth unpopular in Japan, the very notion of an exclusive truth with regard to faith and salvation is a foreign concept to most Japanese people. Throughout the entire history of Japan, the people of Japan have been taught and believed that there are, and have always been, many ways to salvation. For the common Japanese person, who or what you believe in for salvation is not at all important. Since there are many paths for salvation and fulfillment in life, what matters is simply that you have faith in something. Christ’s words confront this worldview and demand submission to Him as the only door through which salvation is provided. No matter how people may argue or how hardened their hearts may be, our task is to tell the world that Christ is the only door. Just as Christ challenged the Jews of His time to come to Him and Him alone, may we be found faithful in proclaiming to the world that He alone is the only way for salvation.