In the spring of 2010 archaeologists unearthed a 3,500-year-old door to the afterlife from the tomb of a high-ranking Egyptian official near Karnak temple in Luxor. This door was meant to take the one who had died from death to the afterlife.
Another man found another door of a wardrobe through which his characters could enter into another world. One called Narnia. C.S. Lewis has gone on to become one of the great apologists for the Christina faith of the 20th century. He wrote of death this way, "If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is 'wandering to find home,' why should we not look forward to the arrival?"
How would you write about that time you take your last breath and moment right after? Will you look forward to it? Or will it be a terrifying moment for you? And would you want to be able to face your death unafraid?
The great new is that Jesus enables us to do that! He moves us from a Friday and Saturday of death, hopelessness and lost-ness, to a Sunday of victory. Your way into that victory is through a door, the door of Jesus Christ.
Jesus said of himself, "I am the door; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture." (John 10:9). And all of the Easter accounts tell this.
In another garden, Mary Magdalene was looking for Jesus' dead body to anoint, but it was missing from the tomb (John 20). Two angels speak to her but she is so upset she misses them. She keeps talking about her "Lord" and that he had been taken away. It took Jesus coming to her and calling her by name before she recognized what had happened.
Remember we all will have our Fridays and Saturdays. Days that are dark and days that are lost. In those days when you can't seem to find the door out, do as Mary did. Keep calling Jesus "Lord." Keep calling and keep looking for Him.
Because if you keep calling Him Lord, he'll call you by name. And when He does, you will turn and find the door to an eternity of Sundays.
Looking forward to being together on Sunday
Pastor Tim Asbill Jr.