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How Should We Welcome the Jesus Christ When He Knocks on the Door?
After I began to believe in the Lord, the brothers and sisters liked to sing a hymn called “Our Beloved Is Knocking at the Door” which goes: “Our beloved is knocking at the door, His hair wet with dew; let us quickly rise and open the door, and not let our beloved turn around and leave. …” Every time we started to sing this hymn, our hearts were deeply moved and stirred. We all wanted to ask our beloved to stay the night, and when He comes and knocks at the door, we wanted to be the first to hear His voice and welcome the Lord. You could say that all of us who believe in the Lord retain such a hope. But when the Lord comes, how will He knock at the door? When the Lord knocks, what should we do to welcome Him? This is something everyone who believes in the Lord should ponder deeply.
When the Lord Jesus came to do the work of redemption in the Age of Grace, news of the miracles wrought by the Lord and the word of the Lord spread throughout the land of Judea. His name also caused a great stir in all the Jewish lands and, for the people of that time, the Lord Jesus leading His disciples to preach the gospel of the heavenly kingdom wherever they went was the Lord knocking at their door. The Lord
The Jewish priests, scribes and Pharisees at the time knew clearly that the words spoken by the Lord Jesus and the miracles He performed all came from God, but they did not at all have hearts that revered God. They did not seek or investigate the work of the Lord Jesus, but instead just clung blindly to the words of the biblical prophecies, believing that the one who was to come would be called Emmanuel or Messiah, and would be born of a virgin. When they saw that Mary had a husband, they concluded that the Lord Jesus was not the immaculate conception of the Holy Spirit, and that He was not born of a virgin. They also made arbitrary judgments and said that the Lord Jesus was the son of a carpenter and was just a completely ordinary person. They used these judgments to deny and condemn the Lord Jesus. They even went as far as to blaspheme against the Lord Jesus and say that He relied on Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons, to cast out demons. In the end, they colluded with the Roman government to crucify Him. Most Jewish people believed that the Lord Jesus should have been born in a palace, and that He would be their king and would lead them to throw off Roman rule. When the Pharisees were spreading rumors and slander and condemning the Lord Jesus, they were just being blindly obedient without any discernment at all. Between the salvation of the Lord Jesus and the slanderous words said by the Pharisees, they chose to listen to the falsehoods and outright lies of the Pharisees, and rejected the way preached by the Lord Jesus. When the Lord knocked on their door, they closed their hearts off to the Lord. It was just as the Lord Jesus said: “And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which said, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them” (Matthew 13:14–15). Because they refused to listen to the Lord’s voice and did not accept the Lord’s work of redemption, these Jewish people missed their chance to follow the Lord Jesus. As a result of resisting God, they met with God’s punishment, leading to two millennia of national subjugation for Israel. In contrast, the disciples who followed the Lord Jesus at the time, such as Peter, John, James, and Nathanael had hearts that loved the truth. They did not rely on their own notions and imaginings in how they treated the word and the work of the Lord Jesus, but sought conscientiously, studied them carefully and obtained the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. They heard the voice of God and recognized that the Lord Jesus was the Messiah to come, and thus they kept pace with the footsteps of the Lord and received His salvation. We can see that the failure of the Pharisees and the Jewish people lay in the fact that they only relied on the literal meaning of biblical prophecies to understand and recognize the manifestation and work of God. This led them to be people who believed in God but resisted God. From this, we can see that, if people who believe in God treat God’s new work on the basis of their own notions and imaginings, not only will they not be able to welcome God’s arrival, but they will also very easily become people who believe in God and yet resist Him. How lamentable would that be? The Lord Jesus said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. … Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:3,6). We can see here that we can only welcome the Lord’s return if we can be like such people as Peter and John, have hearts that thirst and crave for righteousness when we hear the Lord’s voice, and actively seek and investigate it.
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