This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation: “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
“There’s someone at the door!” I hear that at my house all the time. In fact, we’ve trained our kids not to open it for just anyone. “If you hear my voice...”
But if Grandma or Miss Lorraine or someone they know starts talking, guess what? We open the door. We know them. We LOVE them.
I think people steer clear of the Book of Revelation because the unknown is scary to us. But as Believers we know God’s character. He doesn’t try and trick people, so the end times is not some kind of pop quiz to be nervous about.
Jesus has already spoken plainly telling us exactly what to look for. There is no trick quiz.
“So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it! For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes.” (Matthew 24:26-28)
It will be as obvious as the sun in the sky. There’s no secret party I might accidentally miss out on thrown by some hidden messiah. Just as everyone can see lightning in the sky at the same time, Jesus will make his presence obvious - not hidden. The surprise, the unknown factor, isn’t where he is, but when he’s gonna do it!
I have known people who don’t want to bother with a relationship with Jesus now because they think his plan is to trick them in the end. They surely don’t know him very well. He wants to share a meal together and be friends. That’s what he wants. That is not scary.
He is definitely the one for whom we should open the door! Unfortunately, the ones who don’t know his character won’t recognize him, and they will miss out.
I thank you for your message to us. You want to be with us. You are telling us it’s you who knocks. You tell us your intentions are for pleasure and purpose not pain and trickery. You are good and I love you. I pray today for our friends and loved ones who need to open the door of their heart to you. I pray for them, especially Steve and Jim to no wait another day. I pray for them and I praise you in your Son’s name according to your good will. Amen.
And this picture reminds me of growing up hearing the Good News in Sunday School!