Christ Knocking

Christ Knocking  2010 The General Conference of the New Church

3. Christ Knocking     Revelation 3:20

Christ Knocking

Revelation chapter 3 verses 14-22

The church in Laodicea appears to be in the worst state of all the seven churches, and yet it is to them that the Lord speaks most directly and earnestly, and comes knocking on their door.

Surely a very clear message to every person, that you are always a child, a dearly-loved child of God. He never will and indeed cannot give up on you. And this is perhaps the moment of your everlasting destiny. Will we turn back into our barricaded house, or open our heart full to the One who is knocking on the door of our conscience?

This is not the well-known Holman Hunt illustration of the text. Christ is not a humble wayfarer asking to be admitted for the night. This figure is majestic and insistent, with piercing eyes that miss nothing. "What if I open the door wide?" What will my inner voice of conscience ask me to do that perhaps I am not yet ready to do? The voice says clearly,

 

"I know your works: ... You say, I am rich, ... I need nothing, not realising that you are ... poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." (ESV)

(chapter 3 verses 15,17,18 and 20)