Accepting His Call (1 Of 5) by Tony Nester

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Accepting His Call (1 of 5)
Tony R. Nester
John 20:19-23

On that first Easter evening Jesus, risen from the
dead, found his disciples hiding in a house with
locked doors. They were afraid. In spite of their
locked doors he entered their room. They thought they
were seeing a ghost. But then Jesus showed them the
nail prints on his hands and feet, and the wound on
his side. Now they knew he was indeed their Master,
their Teacher, their Lord - risen from the dead. Of
course they were filled with joy.

And it was just at that moment that Jesus told them
that his church had no business hiding in a house
behind locked doors. He was the Risen Lord. He issued
a call and set forth a challenge. To follow him would
mean to get out behind locked doors.

"As the Father has sent me, so I send you." (Verse

Nevertheless, we who are his church are often behind
locked doors. I'm not talking now about the doors we
sometimes lock to keep outsiders from coming in. I'm
speaking, instead, about the doors we lock to keep us
from going out.

Many of us have seen the painting by Holman Hunt of
Jesus knocking at the door. It was based on Revelation
3:20. (See Rev. 3:20)

Ken Callahan, a United Methodist Church consultant,
tells about the day he came to a new view of that
painting. He was working with a church and took some
time alone in that church's sanctuary. He was thinking
and praying about how to help this church advance its
ministry. In the sanctuary was a beautify stain glass
version of Christ standing at the door. The light was
streaming in and lighting up the window. All of a
sudden it came to him. Jesus was saying something new
through that picture. Instead of knocking to GET IN,
Jesus was knocking to get the door open so believers
would GO OUT. Here's how he put it into words:

What that image means in our time, on one of the
richest mission fields on the planet, is that Christ
stands at the d ...

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