Hi. continuing my series on Revelation 2&3 and looking at Jesus’ letter to the church in Laodicea.
Revelation 3:20 ‘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 him and he with me.’
This delightful verse, well adopted by evangelists, shows the very heart of Jesus, who is overwhelmingly willing to come and fellowship with anyone who is prepared to open the door and allow Jesus into their lives.
The tone of this verse is humbling. Jesus is not sitting back waiting, aloof, for us to reach out to him. He is actively knocking at the door. He is making all the effort, so profound is his love for us.
We can understand this verse in a few ways.
When we are feeling spiritually low and out of touch with heaven then all we have to do is call for help and Jesus will come and fellowship with us.
Jesus is always seeking to fellowship with us. We need to be sensitive to hearing his gentle voice or whisper or glance. When he calls, we need to respond to him.
However, we have been looking at this letter to Laodicea from a forward-looking perspective, with the idea that in the end-time tribulation there will be many who will fall away from the faith as a result of the pressure of the tribulation.
This verse seeks to comfort and encourage those who have fallen away. All they have to do is earnestly repent and Jesus will re-establish fellowship with them.
Earnest and genuine repentance will always have the power to re-establish our relationship with the divine, no matter how far we may have fallen.
Praying this morning for all those who have fallen away, especially for those in the midst of persecution, that they may earnestly repent and come back to the Lord.
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