'Jesus Is Knocking....Are You Answering?'
by Travis Wiginton
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"Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in and have fellowship with him and he with me." (Rev. 3:20)
The word 'behold' means 'get excited over what follows'....
and in this instance, it is a 'Who'...the Lord Jesus.
In his book 'Grace For The Moment', Max Lucado says:
"Some of the saddest words on earth are 'We don't have room for you.'
Jesus knew the sounds of these words.
He was still in Mary's womb when the innkeeper said, "We don't have room for you."
When He hung on the Cross, wasn't the message one of rejection?
'We don't have room for you in the world.'
Even today Jesus is given the same treatment.
He goes from heart to heart asking if He might enter.
Every so often, He is welcomed.
Someone throws open the door of his/her heart, asking Him to stay.
And to that person, Jesus gives the Promise 'In my Father's House are many rooms'.
What a delightful Promise He makes us.
We make room for Him in our hearts....and He makes room for us in His House."
There are many prophesies about Christ....
(prophesy really is history written ahead of time.)
Here are just a few of those prophesies:
Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel (God with us)."
We have the fulfillment of this Scripture in Galatians 4-5:
"When the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son made of a woman, made under the law to redeem those under the law that we might receive the adoption of sons."
Isaiah 9:6-7: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and his government shall be upon his shoulders. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace-of the increase of His government and peace, there shall be no end."
For further emphasis on this, read Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:18-19.
I won't spend more time on the many prophesies and Christ's fulfillment of those...
but may we be a fulfillment of His Person, His Work and Ministries.
I believe that John 1 is the best chapter on 'Who' Jesus is:
1) Jesus is the LOGOS (word) become flesh. (vs. 1-3 and 14)
2) Jesus is the LIGHT of the world. (vs. 5 and 8:12)
In Jesus alone there is perfectly revealed:
all that God always was...
and always will be...
and all that God feels toward (and desires) for us.
3) Jesus is the LIFE (vs. 4 and 10-13 and 10:10)
4) Jesus is the LOVE (John 1:15-17)
5) Jesus is the LAMB (vs. 29-36)
We could spend all day on Paul's descriptions of the Person and Work of Christ,
but here are a few from Colossians:
1) Christ is THE HEART OF CHRISTIANITY (Chap. 1:14-15)
2) Christ is THE HUB OF THE CHRISTIAN'S LIFE (Chap. 1:16-17)
Our life needs to revolve around Christ and His Words and Ways.
In fact, the theme of Colossians is Chap. 2:9:
"All the fulness of God dwells in Christ and you are complete in Him."
3) Christ is THE HOPE OF THE COSMOS (Universe) (Chap. 1:27)
Don't ever be moved away from this Hope!
4) Christ is THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH (Chap. 1:18)
When Jesus knocks at the door of your life, what does He want to give?
PROMISES that fail not (Romans 4:18-25)
PEACE that passes all understanding, so that we can become Peacemakers. (John 14:27)
A PLACE in His Kingdom's Work.
Remember, He created 'out of nothing'....
just imagine what He can do in...and through...you!
PASSION (love for each and all persons) exemplified by Jesus...
and available to us as one of the 'fruits of the Spirit'.
PROSPECTS as bright as the Promises of God..and walking by Faith and not sight.
PLANS for you called 'Evangelism' and 'Missions' that by life and by lip...
we knock on the door of people's hearts with The Gospel.
II Corinthians 4:7:
"You are God's treasure in earthen vessels."
We are not just clay pots!
The container may be old, but the contents (the Gospel)....
are as new as today's newspaper and of far more infinite value.
'Have You Any Room For Jesus?"
(by C.C. Williams)
Have you any room for Jesus,
He who bore your load of sin?
As He knocks and asks admission,
Sinner, will you let Him in?
Room for pleasure, room for business,
But for Christ the Crucified,
Not a place that He can enter,
In the heart for which He died?
Have you any room for Jesus,
As in grace He calls again?
O, today is time accepted,
Tomorrow you may call in vain.
Room and time now give to Jesus,
Soon will pass Godís day of grace;
Soon thy heart left cold and silent,
And thy Saviourís pleading cease.
Room for Jesus, King of glory!
Hasten now, His word obey;
Swing the heartís door widely open,
Bid Him enter while you may.
This was in Our Daily Bread's devotional booklet:
Christmas is coming----and so is Easter.
Jesus' earthly life is framed by two impossibilities: a virgin's womb and an empty tomb.
THE DAY OF MIRACLES IS NOT OVER!
BE A WALKING, TALKING MIRACLE FOR GOD!
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Thank you Travis and LaMoyne for this message that we need to hear again and again. The human mind needs recharging from time to time with the message of hope in Christ lest we forget, lest we forget. Thanks for the prayers as I too pray for all your prayer requests.
Dear Travis and La Moyne thank you for this beautiful and touching message! May this Christmas season hold just the miracles that each and every one of us are needing! In His love, Sharon
Travis, this is enlightening. Thanks for sharing, and may we all benefit from your words of wisdom.