Standing at the Door
1. The context of this passage (vv. 14-22) has to do with the church of Laodicea. Laodicea was a lukewarm church--they were neither cold, nor were they hot--just lukewarm...so much so, that the Lord said in (vs.16), "Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth."
a. This gives us a little idea of what the Lord thinks of Luke warmness.
2. Where I really want to focus our attention this morning is on what Jesus said in (vs.20), "Behold, I stand at the 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."
3. From (vs.20), I want to have you consider with me three things...
I. JESUS IS STANDING AT THE DOOR KNOCKING: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock."
1. Notice the first word in the verse, "behold." "Behold--look, see, pay attention to what I am doing." "I stand at the door and knock."
a. When Jesus tells us to pay attention to something, it would be a wise choice on our part to see what He's trying to show us.
2. Notice three things. He said, "I STAND at the DOOR, and KNOCK."
A. Let's consider the first part of that statement, "I stand at the door."
1. To me, this signifies the urgency of the hour. Anytime Jesus says, "I stand at the door, you and I ought to know there is little time left...something is about to happen.
a. And certainly, this is the picture we have before us. Christ stands at the door of decision in our life.
2. You know what I believe? I believe we are standing at the door of eternity - Jesus is about to come, and MANY ARE NOT READY. Many are not saved - they have never trusted Christ for salvation. What did He say in Matthew 24:44? "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."
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