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Christ at the Door

Christ at the Door

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY ALEXANDER MACLAREN


' Behold, I stand at tbe door, and knock : if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.'— Rev. iii. 20.
BY ALEXANDER MACLAREN


' Behold, I stand at tbe door, and knock : if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.'— Rev. iii. 20.

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CHRIST AT THE DOOR BY ALEXADER MACLARE' Behold, I stand at tbe door, and knock : if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.'— Rev. iii. 20. Many of us are familiar, I dare say, with the devoutly imaginative rendering of the first part of these won- derful words, which we owe to the genius of a living painter. In it we see the fast shut door, with rusted hinges, all overgrown with rank, poisonous weeds, which tell how long it has been closed. There stands, amid the night dews and the darkness, the patient Son of man, one hand laid on the door, the other bear- ing a light, which may perchance flash through some of its chinks. In His face are love repelled, and pity all but wasted ; in the touch of His hand are gentleness and authority. But the picture pauses, of course, at the beginning of my text, and its sequel is quite as wonderful as its first part. • I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he with Me.' What can surpass such words as these ? I venture to take this great text, and ask you to look with me at the three things that lie in it ; the suppliant for admission ; the door opened ; the entrance, and the feast. I. Think, then, first of all, of that suppliant for admission. I suppose that the briefest explanation of my text is sufficient. Who knocks? The exalted Christ. What is the door? This closed heart of man. What does He desire? Entrance. What are His knockings and His voice ? All providences ; all monitions of His Spirit in man's spirit and conscience ; the direct invita-
 
tions of His written or spoken word ; in brief, whatso- 802 V 20] CHRIST AT THE DOOR 803 ever sways our hearts to yield to Him and enthrone Him. This is the meaning, in the fewest possible words, of the great utterance of my text. Here is a revelation of a universal truth, applying to every man and woman on the face of the earth ; but more especially and manifestly to those of us who live within the sound of Christ's gospel and of the written revelations of His grace. True, my text was originally spoken in reference to the unworthy members of a little church of early believers in Asia Minor, but it passes far beyond the limits of the lukewarm Lao- diceans to whom it was addressed. And the 'any man ' which follows is wide enough to warrant us in stretching out the representation as far as the bounds of humanity extend, and in believing that wherever there is a closed heart there is a knocking Christ, and that all men are lightened by that Light which came into the world. Upon that I do not need to dwell, but I desire to enforce the individual bearing of the general truth upon our own consciences, and to come to each with this message: The saying is true about thee, and at the door of thy heart Jesus Christ stands, and there His gentle, mighty hand is laid, and on it the flashes of His light shine, and through the chinks of the un- opened door of thy heart comes the beseeching voice, • Open ! Open unto Me.' A strange reversal of the attitudes of the great and of the lowly, of the giver and of the receiver, of the Divine and of the human ! Christ once said, • Knock and it shall be opened
 
unto you.' But He has taken the suppliant's place, and, standing by the side of each of us. He beseeches us that we let Him bless us, and enter in for our rest. 804 REVELATIO [ch. iii. So, then, there is here a revelation, not only of a universal truth, but a most tender and pathetic dis- closure of Christ's yearning love to each of us. What do you call that emotion which more than anything else desires that a heart should open and let it enter ? We call it love when we find it in one another. Surely it bears the same name when it is sublimed into all but infinitude, and yet it is as individualising and specific as it is great and universal, as it is found in Jesus Christ. If it be true that He wants me, if it be true that in that great heart of His there are a thought and a wish about His relation to me, and mine to Him, then, then, each of us is grasped by a love that is like our human love, only perfected and purified from all its weaknesses. ow we sometimes feel, I am afraid, as if all that talk about the love which Jesus Christ has to each of us was scarcely a prose fact. There is a woeful lack of belief among us in the things that we profess to believe most. You are all ready to admit, when I preach it, that it is true that Jesus Christ loves us. Have you ever tried to realise it, and lay it upon your hearts, that the sweetness and astoundingness of it may soak into you, and change your whole being? Oh! listen, not to my poor, rough notes, but to His infinitely sweet and tender melody of voice, when He says to you, as if your eyes needed to be opened to perceive it, ' Behold ! I stand at the door and knock.' There is a revelation in the words, dear friends, of

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