Tag: open the door
Scripture reading for March 20th: Luke 13
Jesus was asked some direct questions and gave some revealing answers! On His way to Jerusalem for His last Passover, a man came and asked Him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” “He said to them, “Make every effort to enter the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But He will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.'” (Luke 13:23-25)
Jesus didn’t answer the question about a few being saved, but He did emphasize that many who wanted to enter would not be able to. It was important to enter through the narrow door. Jesus had proclaimed that He alone was the door or gate that men could enter. (John 10:7) He alone was the way, truth, and life. (John 14:6) He emphasized that many would knock on the door after it was closed and the door would not be opened to them because the Master did not know them.
“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from Me you evildoers!’ There will be weeping there and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.” (Luke 13:26-28) Many religious people expected to enter the kingdom, but because they rejected Jesus Christ, they would be thrown out! Knowing about Jesus and even observing Him would not get them in! Only a few will be saved through the ‘Narrow Door’!
Scripture reading for December 12th: Revelation 3:7-22
The last of the seven letters Jesus dictated to John on Patmos was to the church at Laodicea. Imagine being a part of this church, thinking that you knew and loved Jesus, and then hearing from your bishop that He was actually outside your door knocking to gain entrance!
“These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of My mouth.” (Revelation 3:14b-16) Jesus called Himself three powerful names. As the ‘Amen’, He had said ‘yes’ to God’s Word and made it available to us through His sacrifice. He was the ultimate faithful ‘Witness’ of God’s goodness and mercy. He was also the ultimate and final ‘Ruler’ of God’s creation. From this unique position of authority, Jesus made a startling revelation to this church family: they were ‘lukewarm’ in their love for Him!
Jesus looks carefully at the heart of each of His beloved followers. He desires full and complete devotion! He was fully and completely devoted to the Father’s will on our behalf. 2nd Chronicles 16:9 states that God’s eyes search the earth looking for those who are fully sold out to Him in order that He might show Himself strong on their behalf!
These believers were deceived about their spiritual state. They were evidently blessed financially by the economy of Laodicea. They had good jobs and were prosperous and well-supplied. But Jesus warned them of their spiritual poverty and nakedness. They did not see the true condition of their hearts and in His love, Jesus called out to them. He always rebukes those He loves and disciplines the children He wants to receive. (Revelation 3:19) (Hebrews 12:5-11)
“So be earnest, and repent. 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 him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:19b-20) Repentance is a change of mind which results in a change of action. Jesus knows our deeds and is looking for complete change. Examine your own life today in light of these verses! Hopefully, Jesus has already found an open door!