Summary: I. A PICTURE THAT ALLURES II. A PROMISE THAT ENSURES III. A PRESENCE THAT ENDURES
WHO IS KNOCKING?
Many of us are familiar with the with the first part of these wonderful words, due to the genius of a painter named Holman Hunt. In his painting we observe a door shut, with rusted hinges, all overgrown with rank, poisonous weeds, which indicate how long the door has been closed. There stands amid the night dews and the darkness, the patient Son of man, one hand knocking on the door and the other bearing a light.
The primary interpretation of the passage relates to the church of believers at Ladiocea who had excluded the Lord from its midst. The Lord is pleading for them to give Him his rightful place. The church was not antagonistic but apathetic. So is the church today. We are apathetic about our attendance, attitude, and appearance at the house of God - (no respect for the God’s house anymore) ---- comfortable and complacent.
However, a personal, individual application can be made to sinners in the church from this passage.
One described this verse as “the simplest explanation of the plan of salvation encompassed in so brief a statement withing the lids of God’s Word.”
I. A PICTURE THAT ALLURES
II. A PROMISE THAT ENSURES
III. A PRESENCE THAT ENDURES
I. A PICTURE that ALLURES
Have you ever beheld something that just simply demanded your attention? It just charmed you....it captured your attention?
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock”
There are two things that specifically charm, attract me in this first phrase:
A. The PRESENCE of Christ at the door
Jesus the Lord of glory knocking....The creator, the King of glory, the judge, the Redeemer who is knocking. He that was dead and is alive forever more at the door of my heart.
He that is the door, knocking at the door of my heart. He who is Himself "the Door," and who bids us "knock" that it may be "opened unto" us, is Himself knocking at the door of our hearts.
Why is He knocking? Knocking because He knows the infinite value and preciousness of the soul. Knocking because He knows the terrible peril of the soul without Him. It is love for man that brings Him there, and it is love for man that keeps Him there.
B. The PATIENCE of Christ at the door
“and knock” The present tense verb suggest a knocking continued in the hope of response. Patiently and pleadingly knocking. Love brought Him to the door and love keeps Him at the door. Rejected, He abides; spurned, He returns. II Peter 3:9.
He wants me. He desires a relationship with me.
God’s primary concern for all humanity is one of relationship. See Exodus 19:4. God did not deliver the Israelites so that He could bring them to the land of promise. God delivered the Israelites so they could be free to develop an intimate relationship with him. The location was simply a means for that relationship to develop.
The reason the Israelites spent forty futile years wandering in the wilderness was not that God was unable to give them victory in Canaan. God could have easily done that. However, God allowed them into them to wander in the wilderness for forty years in order to establish a proper relationship with them. The place was accessible, but the relationship was not yet where God wanted it to be. Unfortunately, once the Israelites entered the Promise Land, they came to see the land as an end in itself rather than a means to a relationship with God. As a result, God ultimately took their land way from them.