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.
In 1851, British artist William Hunt created a painting he titled “The Light of the World.” It has become one of the most recognizable religious paintings in modern history. He shows Christ standing at the tightly-closed door of a seemingly neglected cottage. Christ holds a lantern in one hand; His other hand is raised to knock on the door as if to gain entrance. The most unique feature of the painting is that there is no handle on the outside of the door. For Christ to gain entrance to the cottage, the door would have to be opened from within.
The motivation for Hunt’s painting was Revelation 3:10—a verse capturing Christ’s words to the church in Laodicea. That church had become lukewarm and apathetic, yet Christ refused to force Himself into its midst. He was standing patiently outside, waiting to be invited in. It is a perfect picture of Christ’s desire to gain entrance into the life of every person.
What is the benefit of opening the door to Christ? “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). Christ is knocking at your door today.
You cannot receive Christ in bits and pieces.
- Martyn Lloyd-Jones