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Jesus Door Knocking
(Revelation 3.20-22)
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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)

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 William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) produced his famous painting "The Light of the World." Holman was an English artist who founded the Pre-Raphaelite School in his day. Hunt believed the world itself should be read as a system of visual signs and he therefore incorporated these signs into his paintings.

The Artist

In this picture, the artist Holman Hunt was attempting to show that Jesus was knocking at our heart's door and appealing to the very center of our being. The American theatre and film critic Paul Kuritz pointed out, "Hunt painted the entire life-sized painting out of doors, whenever the moon was full, from nine o'clock at night until five o'clock the next morning." He was stressing here how much Jesus wanted to have fellowship with us. He wanted us to open up our lives, our minds and our emotions to him. He was 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 allowed us to decide whether or not to respond to him. We may note here that in the painting, the handle of the door was curiously not shown on Jesus side but on the other side of the door. The question was, "Did you hear Jesus knocking on your heart's door?" Will you open your heart to him? At the end of each letter to these seven Asian churches including this one to Laodicea in Revelation, Christian believers were urged to listen and take to heart what was written to them. Although a different message was addressed to each church, all the messages contained 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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