The Handle is on the Other Side


When I was little, my Dad used to drop me off at a nearby church so I could go to the Sunday School they had there. We werenít a church-type family so what I saw and heard there was all new to me. And I remember this painting they had of Jesus - now I know itís one of the most famous ones painted in modern times. You may have seen it. Jesus is in a garden, and Heís knocking on what looks to be a big oak door. The man who painted it was named Holman Hunt. And when he was ready to unveil it for the first time, he called his friends and family together to be the first to see it. Well, it was pretty quiet as each person stood there and drank in the deep feeling that painting conveys. Then people began to comment on what impressed them about it. But one friend said hesitantly,

"Uh, Holman - itís a beautiful painting. But - well, didnít you forget something?"

"What did I forget?"

The friend said, "The handle. Thereís no handle on the door."

To which the artist simply replied, "Oh! No, I didnít forget the handle. When Jesus knocks on the door of your heart - the handleís on the INSIDE."

This painting was based on Jesusí own words, recorded in our word for today from the Word of God, Revelation 3:20. It was a statement made originally to believers who had left Jesus out. But it also provides a wonderful word picture of the process by which any person begins a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in." Itís real important that we understand what Jesus is saying here - it helps us determine whether He is inside your heart - or outside. Itís literally the difference between eternity in heaven . . . Or eternity in hell. I hope you can use this invitation of Jesus to determine exactly where you stand with Him.

Jesus says Step 1 is the knocking. I believe that happens in your heart when you start experiencing a spiritual tug inside . . . A restlessness that life must be more than this . . . A strange stirring inside that starts you looking Godís direction. Then comes Step 2 - you realize what youíre looking for - actually Who youíre looking for. In Jesusí words, you "hear My voice." You realize what you are looking for is Jesus . . . That the only way to be forgiven by God is to give yourself to the One who paid for your sins with His life.

A lot of people have come that far. But Jesus is still outside. Jesus said, "If anyone opens the door, I will come in." And notice who opens the door. Jesus doesnít push His way in. He waits for you to open the door. The handleís on the inside. And it may be that you have never opened that door.

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