12/12/19: Revelation 3:7-22; Psalm 131:1-3; Proverbs 29:23

Reflect a bit – you have probably seen this picture …

It is an representation of Jesus standing before an old wooden door.  He is often portrayed carrying a shepherds hook.  And he is gently knocking on the door,  leaning forward as if listening.  And the passage inspiring this picture is:

Revelation 3:20  Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

 

Look closely at the picture and you will see something a bit odd  — there is no doorknob on the outside.  The original of this painting was made by English artist William Holman Hunt.  When asked about this oddity he replied, “Oh! No, I didn’t forget the handle. When Jesus knocks on the door of your heart – the handle’s on the INSIDE.”

The analogy is clear – Jesus will not force himself on us.  He invites but the decision is ours.  And the very next verse tells us what a reward we receive!

 

Revelation 3:21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.

 

 

 

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