In the message “The Most Holy Place” we saw how Jesus became the final sacrifice for our sin. When Jesus died on the cross, “the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51). The curtain had, up to that point, formed a barrier for the Most Holy Place in the temple where God resided. The tearing of the curtain was a clear demonstration that anyone who believes in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin can now enter the presence of God; “We have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19).
We are a fortunate people! Not since Adam has man had such access to the presence of God. We no longer need a priest with a specific sacrifice, and we need not pray a specific prayer…but there IS a condition. The Most Holy Place of the presence of God can only be entered by those who come by faith in Jesus Christ. If we desire the presence of God, we must first open the door of our heart.
“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.”
Here is contained the great mystery of God’s plan for man. He desires a people who recognize their need, hear His voice, and open the door to invite Him in. He then promises to enter and “set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (2 Corinthians 1:22). This is His sovereign, majestic, and glorious plan.
God’s Word never indicates that Jesus will crash through the door of our heart; He is never pictured as huffing and puffing to blow the door down. And He certainly NEVER sneaks in through a side window! He simply and patiently stands at the door and knocks – He says, “I am here. Won’t you invite Me in?”
Opening the door involves an understanding of who Jesus is, as related to our need for forgiveness, and an act of submission which releases control of our life. We may hear His voice through something someone says or something we read – we may “hear” Him knocking as we sit in silence – but when we hear, we must be willing to open the door; “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 3:15).
Many people will hear the knock of Jesus, but few will open the door. Most will spend a lifetime evaluating the knock and analyzing the One who is knocking; some will even push a little food onto the front porch; but few will actually recognize their need and open the door. Let’s invite Him in today and commune with Him EVERY day for all eternity. Today, let’s answer His gentle knock.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
**** Reading Plan ****
Feb 27 Leviticus 20:22-22:20; Mark 9:1-29; Psalm 43:1-5; Proverbs 10:18
Feb 28 Leviticus 22:21-23:44; Mark 9:30-10:12; Psalm 44:1-8; Proverbs 10:19
Feb 29 Leap for Joy in the Lord!
Mar 1 Leviticus 24:1-25:46; Mark 10:13-31; Psalm 44:9-26; Proverbs 10:20-21