Over 6,000 years ago, a “door” was shut to a garden. Because Adam sinned, God sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden:
Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life (Genesis 3:22–24).
Because of Genesis 3:15, we understand that God told Adam and Eve that someone would come to open the “door,” leading back to the Tree of Life: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).
In the Old Testament, prophets predicted that this someone would come: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
We also understand that when God told Noah to place one door in the side of the Ark, so that those who went through that door would be saved from the judgment of the Flood, this door was a picture of the one who would come to open the “door,” for he “set the door of the ark in its side” (Genesis 6:16).
At Christmastime, we especially remember (as we should every day of the year) that this someone has come and has opened the door. God’s Son stepped into history as the Babe in the manger so that as Jesus Christ, the Godman, he would suffer the penalty for our sin in Adam (i.e., death) by dying on the Cross. He then rose from the dead, conquering death, and now offers the free gift of salvation to those who receive it. The following verses about Christ come to mind:
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger (Luke 2:11–12).
Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3–4).
That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture (John 10:9).
Yes, God’s Son opened a “door” so that all who go through this door and receive the free gift of salvation shall be saved, and will once again have access to the Tree of Life and live with our Creator and Savior forever: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7).
Furthermore, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates” (Revelation 22:14).
There is only one way to heaven—only one door that people go through to be saved and have access to the Tree of Life: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
The “door” is open for all who will receive the free gift of salvation. One day, however, that door will shut, just as God shut the door to the Ark.
This Christmas, bring family and friends to celebrate Christmas with us and learn about the Babe, our Creator and Savior (Colossians 1), who opened the “door.” Visit AiG’s two themed attractions in Northern Kentucky: the Creation Museum, with a dazzling Garden of Lights, live nativity, and much more, and the Ark Encounter, with a spectacular 15-laser “light projection” show on the side of the Ark, depicting the message of the one who came to open the door for us.
ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum
Join us each evening, December 8–30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas) for
Thousands of spectacular lights in our Garden of Lights
A live nativity
Biblical characters in period dress
Petting zoo and camel rides
Festive food and drinks
Admission is free! (Parking is $5.)
ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter
Join us each evening, December 8–January 15 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas) for
Encounter the Wonder, a 15-laser projection show playing on the side of the Ark
A beautiful lights display
Goats in Christmas sweaters
Shopping at our massive Fair Trade Market
And much more!
Admission is free! (Parking is $10.)