Christ...Who Stands at the Door of Every Life
There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible, and these contain 41,173 verses, some of which are famous throughout the world. During many generations, Christian authors have written books with the attractive title My Favorite Bible Verses. I possess one of those volumes and was amazed to discover the writer had omitted an outstanding promise. Certain verses shine as stars against the dark background of man's iniquity, and occasionally a fascinating one resembles a chandelier where many lights combine to banish darkness or a diamond with many facets, reflecting the glory of God. Such a verse is found in Revelation 3:20 where, writing to the church in Laodicea, Jesus said He was knocking at its door. That great statement has inspired art, music, and poetry in every age. Holman Hunt's picture "The Light of the World" has attracted millions of viewers, and many hymns express the fact that Jesus of Nazareth is never far away.
During the New Testament era, Laodicea was a prosperous and very important trade center close to the river Lycius and not far from Colossae and Philadelphia. It was famous for the export of fine black wool. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in a.d. 62 and completely restored by its citizens without any financial aid from the state. The population was affluent and independent, but unfortunately, these characteristics became evident within the local church.
"Behold I Stand" . . . How Patient
The Lord said to the members, "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see" (Rev. 3:17-18).
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