The Roadblock

Steven Laman

READ: John 14:1-10

When I am home, instead of using my wheelchair to get around, I like to crawl. Crawling gives me some exercise, and it gives me more freedom. There is one roadblock when I crawl my brother’s dog Shadow. When Shadow is in the house, she tries to block my path when I am crawling to get somewhere. She knows that I can’t get around her very well. She lays her black body at my knees and demands that I pet her before she will let me pass.

In 1 Peter 2:8, Peter quotes Isaiah’s prophecy about Jesus, that He would be “A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” Shadow’s demand for a little petting before she will let me through reminds me that Jesus demands that we accept Him as the Son of God before we can get to heaven. He said, “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6b).

Many people do not want to accept Jesus, because if they do accept Him, then their lives will have to change. To them, Jesus is a roadblock that says: “STOP, DO NOT ENTER!”

If we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, the roadblock is knocked down. Jesus will not only lift the roadblock so we can get to heaven, He will also lift it so we can live the abundant life on earth.


Father, thank You for sending Your Son so that we don’t have any road blocks in getting to You. In His name. Amen.