Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
- Behold – consider, discover, perceive, contemplate, view attentively
- Who? Not a magazine salesman, but THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE.
- What kind of door? Is our door a locked door, a closed door, a revolving door, an open door?
- What will happen if we open the door?
- Jesus Christ, the creator of the universe, the one who died on Calvary the one who rose from the dead, the only one that I can call on and confess my wrong doing and be forgiven, is only responsible for one part of the process. The Holy Spirit does the convicting and the convincing, but he is only responsible for one part of the process.
- We are the one who must respond to the knock. We are responsible for our own decision. We can choose to ignore Him. We can refuse to open the door and allow Him to come in and dine with us and we with him. (Note: dine with Him/me and me/Him – not a one sided fellowship or relationship). The Savior of the world desires to have fellowship with us. WOW!
- Absolute truth
Do you believe if you were to jump out of an airplane at 10,000 feet you would eventually hit the ground? That is an absolute truth. The law of gravity cannot be changed. Neither can the truths of Scripture. He is at the door…He is at your heart’s door…If your door has been locked, closed or revolving, just open it. If you are already a Christian, perhaps there is one thing that separates you from having the complete, open fellowship with Him that you desire to have. Open the door!
- There is the standing Christ – He stands at the door. This symbolizes His readiness to enter the life of a person. He is the One who takes the initiative to save man. He has come to man; man has not approached Him. Jesus Christ stands before the heart of man as the Savior of the world, as loving man so much that He has come into the world to save man. He is the One who has travelled such a great distance from the majesty of heave down to man’s heart.
Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psalm 145:18 – The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.
John 6:50-51 – This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.
- There is the knocking Christ – He stands at the door and knocks. This symbolizes the seeking Christ. Christ has not only come to earth and walked over to man’s heart, He actively seeks to enter man’s heart. He knocks and knocks at the man’s heart and He refuses to give up. Christ knocks so much that a person has to either open up or deaden his ears to the knock.
Matthew 18:12 – What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?
Luke 19:10 – for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
- There is the pleading Christ – He pleads for entrance. This symbolizes the compassion of Christ. He not only knocks, He pleads and begs for man to open His heart. He is merciful and full of compassion. He knows what life should be for He created life. He knows that life must be lived in wholehearted commitment to righteousness or else it is wasted and doomed. He longs for man to have real life, abundant and eternal life. Therefore, He knocks and keeps on knocking at the door of a man’s heart. While He is knocking, He pleads and begs for the man to hear Him.
Matthew 11:28 – Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 23:37 – O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
Revelation 22:17 – And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
- There is the penetrating Christ – This is the most glorious promise imaginable! Imagine the Spirit of Jesus Christ living within the heart and life and body of a person. When a person hears His voice and opens his heart, Christ enter; He penetrates the life of a person. This symbolizes the life changing presence and power of the living Christ. When he enters and penetrates a person’s life, He causes the most radical changes imaginable.
- He causes the person to be born again.
John 3:3-5 – Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
- He causes a new creature out of the person.
2 Corinthians 5:7 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Colossians 3:10 – and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.
- There is the companion Christ – This symbolizes fellowship. When Jesus Christ enters and penetrates a person’s heart, He lives forever within the life of the person. He is always present with the person. When Jesus Christ enters a life, he has the richest fellowship possible, fellowship and communion with the Son of God Himself. And the person has it forever and forever.
John 17:23 – I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
1 Corinthians 3:16 – Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Ephesians 3:17-19 – that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.