There are lots of surprises to what’s on the other side of a door. A lighted door at Halloween invites eager trick-or-treaters. A decorated door at Christmas welcomes seldom seen distant relatives. And anytime a door opens into a Florida garage situated between many ponds, unexpected aquatic creatures may appear.
Unless there is a peep hole or we out right ask, we don’t know who is physically on the other side of a door, until we open it. But in the following words of Jesus, we become aware of a specific understanding of who really is knocking at our door.
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 that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20
Over two thousand years ago, Jesus spoke those words to us, letting us know that He wants to be with us. His meaning goes something like this –
- “Here I am!” = Hey it’s Me, Jesus! I’m not far away.
- “I stand at the door and knock.” = I’m not going anywhere. I can patiently wait. The problem is we are separated and I’m trying to get your attention.
- “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,” = Something will happen if anyone hears my call and voluntarily lets me in. Please understand I will not forcibly enter.
- “I will come in and eat with that person,” = Since you invited me in, I will gladly come in. I want to enjoy your company and I want to commune with you.
- “and they with me.” = We now have a relationship. So you can tell Me or ask Me anything. I will be there for you always.
Jesus is describing how He wants us to let Him into our hearts. He is here, waiting, knocking and calling. We simply have to open the door and let Him in.