Revelation 3:20 (NKJV) 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.
I like to think that this is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ knocking at the heart’s door of sinners. And in this view, the English artist, Holman Hunt, painted his famous “Jesus the Light of the World” painting. It portrays Jesus in the night holding a lantern and knocking on a house door. When Holman first painted the painting, he invited his artist friends to critique his work. And one of them said to him “Holman, you have left off a very important part of the door. You left off the handle of the door.” To which Hunt replied, “This door is a picture of the human heart, and the handle of the door is on the inside.” For you see, my friends, we have to open the door to our hearts in repentance and let Jesus in by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior. This is a wonderful imagery. But my theologian friends, would be quick to remind me that Revelation 3:20 is part of the passage of Revelation in which the Lord Jesus Christ is addressing the church of Laodicea, the lukewarm church. And in verse 19 of Revelation chapter 3, Jesus says “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” Jesus said this because the Laodiceans had effectively excluded Jesus from their fellowship, and their deeds were not in keeping with true believers. They claimed to know Jesus but they live and worship as if Jesus did not exist. They claim to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation, but they deny the deity of Jesus Christ. And their hearts are unchanged, they were dwelling in sin. And this is what is truly pictured in Revelation 3:20. The Lord Jesus Christ is standing outside of the door of the church filled with people with lukewarm hearts. They are unconverted, unbelievers and pretend Christians. They are wolves in sheep clothing. They are sinners. And Jesus is knocking on the door in hopes that they will open the door in repentance and acceptance of Him as their Lord and Savior. So that they may be saved and have true fellowship with Him. So, when Jesus says “I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” It is not that Jesus will come into the apostate church, rather that Jesus will come to those who repent, and leave the apostate church, and accept Him as their Lord and Savior. My friend, however, you want to view the imagery of Revelation 3:20, the common thread is sinners willing to open the door by repenting. And it is as Richard Chenevix Trench (1807 – 1886) an Anglican Archbishop of Dublin in the Church of England wrote: “Every man is lord of the house of his own heart, it is his fortress; he must open the gates of it. He has the mournful prerogative and privilege of refusing to open. But if he refuses, he is blindly at strife with his own blessedness, a miserable conqueror.” My friend, the Lord Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for the sins of the world on the Cross on Calvary over 2000 years ago. And God the Father was pleased with His Son Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. And He raised Him from the grave on the third day. And now Jesus, the Son of God, is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven making intercession for all who trusts in Him for salvation. My friend, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, repent of your sins, and receive the free gift of salvation by the grace of God. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.