Allowing Jesus to Love You

When Jesus

knocks on the door, do you open it, briefly hear what He says, then close the door and go about your business? Or is it more like this:

Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me. (Revelations 3:20)

Many of us have seen the picture to the left… but it isn’t the original picture of Jesus knocking at the door. The original one (shown below) by Wm. Holman Hunt, is called “Light of the World.”



There’s no doorknob, and there’s quite a bit of weeds. The picture is dark (and even includes a bat!) — the only light comes from Jesus. Hunt used so much symbolism that he was criticized for making the painting “too Catholic.” Hunt said, “I painted the picture with what I thought, unworthy though I was, to be by Divine command, and not simply as a good Subject.” The door in the painting has no handle, and can therefore be opened only from the inside, representing “the obstinately shut mind.”

I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; what he opens, no one can close; what he closes, no one can open. (Isaiah 22:22)

Don’t keep the door shut. As long as you’re breathing, there’s still time to open the door.

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