Opening the Door
By Abi May
The visual focus of this spiritual exercise is British painter William Holman Hunt’s (1827–1910) most famous work, “The Light of the World.”
The lone figure in this picture is Jesus. It is the risen Jesus we see, dressed in a white robe, crowned with thorns, and bathed in light. Jesus was so much more than a good man or a wise teacher; He was God in the flesh.
“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)
Now look closer to see the darkness and desolation behind and around Jesus. There is a door that is overgrown with brambles and weeds.
“[The seeds] that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard [the Gospel], go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.” (Luke 8:14)
Examine the door upon which Jesus is knocking. There is no handle. It symbolizes the door of your heart, which can only be opened from the inside. Have you opened your life to Jesus? He will not force His way in. You must open the door yourself.
“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.” (Revelation 3:20)
Finally, we move to the last part of our exercise. If you have invited Jesus into your life, how welcome do you make Him feel? What place do you give Him now?
To help you answer this question, think about the other members of your household. (Or if you live alone, think back to your childhood.) You greet them in the morning. You are considerate of their happiness and comfort. You don’t repaint the walls without first asking for their opinion. When friends visit, you introduce them. If they bring home the shopping or help with the housework, you thank them. You sit together and talk. You eat at the same table. How rude it would be to ignore them or to forget their presence.
As you remember Jesus’ birth this month, think about the place that Jesus has in the house of your life.
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