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"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. 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. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches." (Revelation 3.20-22)✞

Your Heart's Door

Jesus Knocking at Your Heart's DoorIn an attempt to illustrate this famous verse from Revelation 3.20, "I stand at the door and knock," the artist Holman Hunt (1827-1910) produced his famous painting "The Light of the World." Holman was an English artist in his day who founded the Pre-Raphaelite School. Hunt believed the world itself should be read as a system of visual signs and he therefore incorporated these signs in his paintings. He was attempting to illustrate that Jesus was knocking at our heart's door or the very center of our understanding. Jesus wants to have fellowship with us, and he wants us to open up our lives to him. Our minds and our emotions need to be accessed by him by opening that door. He is patient and persistent in trying to get through to us, not breaking and entering, but knocking gently on our heart's door.✞

Respond or Not

Listening EarJesus in his graciousness allows us to decide whether or not to respond to him. We may note here that in the painting, the handle of the door is curiously on the enquirer's side and therefore under their complete control. The question is, "Do you hear Jesus knocking on your heart's door?" Will you open your heart to him? At the end of each letter to these Asian churches including this one to Laodicea in Revelation, Christian believers were urged to listen and take to heart at what was written to them. Although a different message was addressed to each church, all the messages contain warnings and guidance to the people at that time which apply equally to us today.✞

"Jesus Door Knocking"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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