Is the Door Open?
A "State of the Church" Sermon
T. J. Hallock
Sunday, February 23, 2003
On this Lord's Day when we will shortly gather for our 148th annual meeting as a congregation of Christ's Church, this message might be described as a "State of The Church" sermon. It might be seen as a call to remember whose we are and thus who we are, who has called us out and what He has called us to. It might be understood as declaring that when all is said and done this Christian family is rooted in the authority of one person who is asking us to keep our eyes fixed on what is happening at one door. That person is Jesus and the door is the entrance to Heaven's kingdom.
The first truth today's Scripture teaches us is that JESUS AND JESUS ALONE HOLDS THE KEY TO HEAVEN'S DOOR. The Lamb, who was slain for the sin of the world and became the Savior that was raised from the dead, is now and forever the Lord of all creation. In His hand He holds the key of David.
What He opens no one can shut and what He shuts no one can open.
If Jesus opens Heaven's door to let us pass through to the other side neither Iraq's Saddam Hussein or North Korea's Kim Il Jung, neither Osama Bin Laden or the Ayatollahs of Iran, neither the devil himself or any of his demons can close it. They may threaten our lives, attack our nation, try to steal our joy, kill our hope, and destroy our faith but if Jesus has opened Heaven's door and invited us home nothing can stand in our way.
If Jesus has opened Heaven's door and beckoned us to walk through no circumstance we now face and no condition we now endure can keep us from that walk to glory. There is no sickness, poverty, persecution, tragedy, nor anything else in all creation can keep us from knowing the life that waits beyond Heaven's door.
Yet if Jesus decides to close Heaven's door and keep us out no power on earth can pick the lock. There is not enough power in the hands of all the Kings of ...
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