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Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Light of the World

This is William Holman Hunt’s famous painting “The Light of the World” (1827-1910, English painter, Painting post 1850.)  It’s based on Revelation 3:20, “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.”  There are 4 things I’d like to point out about this picture:
1.       It’s dark!  Jesus came to bring light!  Hence, “The Light of the World!”
2.       Jesus is all grown up!  He’s got a beard!  He’s not a baby, lying in a manger!  So, if in your mind, Jesus is still a baby, get Him out of the manger please!  If you’re running around defending Nativity Scenes because you think the “tiny baby Jesus” can’t defend Himself, you need to update your thinking by about 2,000 years!
3.       This is the glorified Christ, and He’s not hanging on a cross!  So, if in your mind, Jesus is still hanging on the cross, please get Him off of there too! 
4.       (this is perhaps the most famous characteristic of the painting) No doorknob!  It can’t be opened from the outside, only the inside!  Jesus isn’t barging in; he’s knocking like a gentleman!  His body language shows both patience and ponderance (He’s not facing the door because he might stay or go, depending on what you do!  Are you going to open the door, or not?)  He’s asking you to invite Him in and that’s the chief characteristic of your heart’s door!  No one (not even Jesus!) gets into your heart, unless you let them in. 
Jesus is standing at your heart’s door, knocking and saying, “Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in.”  It’s as simple and easy as opening the door to your heart and saying to Jesus, “Come on in, Lord, it’s time!” 

*Original sermon: Anyone can be Saved! 12-24-06

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