Updated: Sep 17, 2020
Do you know what is in Room 101?
Room 101 as we presently know it is a room introduced in the novel 1984 by George Orwell. It’s a torture chamber in which people are subjected to his/her own worst nightmare! The thing they fear the most in the world.
What if I told you Jesus was the door to Room 101? And Room 101 is where you go to face your fears and sin head on - to face our true sinful nature and lay it all down?
“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
They do not want you traveling through this door! Instead, they fill that room with FEAR so you will never get near it! These fears are the sins we must face to enter the Kingdom.
“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Matt 4:17
Repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action. Not just sinning over and over and over again and asking for forgiveness without having any remorse or regret. If you are anything like me, you have sin in your life. The day we can sin and not hear His voice anymore is a day I hope to never experience!
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
"God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
For you to come to God you must get rid of your sin problem. But, in our own strength, not one of us can do this! It is only by the shed blood of Christ that any of us will be able to stand before a righteous God.
To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is "repentance" - to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God's.
The enemy wants your soul and does not want you to know the Jesus I know! The enemy wants you to fear and detest what is in “Room 101” (the Kingdom!). Facing your fears and facing your sin head on.
Freedom from this world…from sin….is at hand. All you must do is grab that doorknob and open the door and lay it all down at the feet of Christ!
Religion will not save you. A preacher will not save you. A church will not save you. Being a good person or having good vibes will not save you. Only Jesus saves. Choose on this day to be a citizen of the Kingdom where you do not need a man-made document to be free! Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul! Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body! God clearly demonstrated His love for us - because Christ died for us even though we are all sinners.
I Am the Good Shepherd
10 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
I and the Father Are One
22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
Bottom Line: Go in through the door (Christ). Trying to get in any other way is the same actions a thief or a robber would do. Do not detest or be afraid of the door. The Door laid down His life for you!
The Old Law. Why are there so many “rules” to be a Christian”? (There’s not, by the way.)