Door #1


 “Let’s Make a Deal,” a popular game-of-chance show on TV gave audience participants an opportunity to choose one of three doors behind which a valuable prize existed.  Behind the other two doors would be a “booby” prize or something of little or no value.  It’s a game of chance, because the player doesn’t know what they have chosen when they make the decision.

The show is based around deals offered to members of the audience by the host. The traders usually have to weigh the possibility of an offer being for a valuable prize, or an undesirable item, referred to as a "Zonk."

The host would select them out of the crowd and offer them a chance to win a fabulous prize. For instance, he might offer you $100 for every paper clip that you have in your possession or he might give you $500, but then ask you if you would like to keep the money or trade it for what's in a particular box. Of course there could be $1000 in the box or a single can of dog food.”     (Wikipedia)

Those who were chosen to play the game had to give up something to qualify for choosing a door.


We will all have to make a choice in this life.  Which door leads to God and everlasting life?  Other gods clamber for our attention.

Which god will be the “prize” that has what we need to get through this life and then make it to a place of eternal rest and happiness afterward?  The choices are many and varied, but unlike the game “Let’s Make a Deal” we have information about what is behind the doors.  It’s not a game of chance; God didn’t leave us to make a choice without giving us some definitive directions toward the right door.


Jesus identified Himself as a “good Shepherd” and said, “…Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep” (John 10:7).  To be sure they understood, again He said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:9).  Fortunately for us, we don’t have to wonder which door to choose to find a great treasure.  The right Door is marked plainly for all to see and choose, and it is transparent.


Other doors offer things that appeal to our fleshly desires, and Satan is the door by which we enter them.  Once the “contestant” chooses another door, the “doorkeeper” presents enticements to lure entrants further into the door.  Money, fame, alcohol, drugs, sex and anything else that might attract and entice their flesh will be offered.  No warnings of consequences will be posted, just enter and enjoy.  Those doors are veiled and subtle.


Some doors will offer prestige, prosperity and the “good life.”  Satan has a big bag of lies and misrepresentations as lures.  He even has doors that will exalt you to be a god!  You can have your own world in the next life to reign over. 


In other words, there are doors that appeal to whatever suits our fancy.  But just like the game show, you have to give up something to be eligible to choose a door.  And like the show, it might seem miniscule compared to what you are expecting to receive behind the door.  First, you have to choose to give up “Door Number One” --The Door-- behind which Jesus is waiting.  This is not "a" door, but "the" door, incomparable.


In the game show, contestants dress up in funny, sometimes ridiculous costumes, to be noticed by the host.  In this case, Satan will dress up in whatever attire that will appeal to you.  He will appear as your friendly host.

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

His costume will match whatever “turns you on.”


You see, if you pass up The Door, Door Number One, for another, you’ve deprived yourself of divine guidance to make the right choice.  In John 9:5 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.”  The amazing thing about light is that it dispels darkness!  In the light, hidden corners are lighted, dust and cobwebs are discovered, things lost can be found and exits are exposed.  Jesus is that Light, and He is available to everyone who desires it; He will show the way out of the dark.

That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9).


Jesus is the TRUE light, which gives us a clue that there are lights that are not true and will be extinguished after deceiving us.  Jesus further said, “But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.”  A thief has to find some other entrance hoping to enter without detection to steal sheep.  (John 10:1)


What will it cost us to enter The Door, “Door Number One”?  What will we have to give up?  Only our sins that are going to destroy us anyway if we keep them!  The penalty for sin is death, eternal separation from God and the heavenly treasures, and Jesus has already paid the penalty.

…I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name” (Revelation 3:8).


At “Door Number One” we don’t have to wonder what is behind our choice.   Jesus stands there knocking, waiting for us.  He knocks on OUR door with His arms full of gifts of Grace, Mercy and Love.  His invitation is to “any man.”

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).


Know for sure, that only “Door Number One” has the True God, our Redeemer, waiting for our choice.  There are only false gods behind any other door!

“Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6).  “….Is there a God beside me?  Yea, there is no God; I know not any.  I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me…” (Isaiah 44:8, 45:1).


Need more assurance?—“Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time?  Who hath told it from that time?  Have not I the LORD?  And there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me” (Isaiah 45:21).


Don’t be tempted to choose any other door.  “...for there is no savior beside me” (Hosea 13:4).  What the other doors offer may have the appearance of a good choice, but they will ultimately lead to destruction.  Only Jesus can fulfill His promise of eternal life with Him and a joy-filled life now, so don’t hesitate.

Choose “Door Number One” --The Door!  The Real Prize is waiting there for you!







@ There's Good News June 2012

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