Jesus died on the cross to pay the debt we owed for our sins. He rose from the grave to demonstrate the new and eternal life he had purchased for us. The cross is our place of entry into God’s eternal Kingdom. It is the gate that Jesus prepared for us. We can come to God by no other path. Salvation is found only at the cross. Our old life is left at the foot of the cross, and there we enter into our new life in Christ Jesus.
In the story of the Good Shepherd found in John chapter 10, Jesus refers to believers as the sheep. He makes it very clear that he is the gate for the sheep to enter. He says, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep (verse 7).” Many have looked for other ways, but the only way is through Jesus.
In John 10:17-18 (The Message) Jesus explains:
“This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”
God the Father gave Jesus the authority to redeem us. No one else has been given this authority. He alone is our redeemer. Yes, the gate is narrow, but it leads to redemption and eternal life.