Scripture Reading: Esther 2:19-5:14 / Revelation 3:7-22 / Psalm 141:1-10
We have heard hundreds of knock knock jokes in our lifetime like, “Knock, knock. Who’s there? Etch. Etch who? Bless you!” We find humor (maybe lame humor) in knock knock jokes but we have a serious reason and purpose when we knock on someone’s door. We want to get their attention and have them open the door to us.
The church in Laodicea had someone knock at the spiritual door of their hearts. Jesus was trying to get their attention, “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.” (Revelation 3:20)
The angel had just rebuked the church for their lukewarm relationship with Christ and here Jesus calls upon them to open their lives to Him. The verb tense of this verse implies that Jesus stood for an extended length of time at the door, knocking continually and waiting for their response.
If they were truly zealous, they would have immediately opened the door but they were lukewarm. They were satisfied with their spiritual progress and in fact thought they were spiritually rich, wise and secure. Jesus knocked at the Laodicean door for a long time, waiting for them to open it but they were deaf to His request.
The Laodiceans were professing Christians but they lacked true fellowship with Christ. They were blinded to their lukewarm spiritual condition of poverty and nakedness. They didn’t realize that Jesus had “left the building”. He stood right outside their door, waiting for them to welcome Him back in where He belonged. Jesus could have walked away in judgment and not darken their door but He was driven by love and knocked continually, waiting for them to open.
Jesus called out to them and longed to eat with them. The meal Jesus is referring to was the main meal of the day that was an extended time of fellowship, not a hurried lunch. Guests would have lengthy conversations and visit as long as they desired. Jesus wanted to spend time with them to develop and deepen their relationship. He longed to be with them.
All of us have enjoyed the fellowship of Christ’s presence, grace and blessings. It is easy to get caught up with life and become too busy to sit at His table. We at times opt for the drive thru with an “eat on the run” lifestyle. We can be guilty of hardening our hearts and ears to His invitation.
English artist Holman Hunt painted the famous picture of Jesus standing at a closed door. In his rendition, he did not paint a handle on the door. When he was questioned about it he said, “The door is a picture of the human heart. The only handle in on the inside.” Jesus is knocking; open up your heart to Him…He’s waiting.