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Responding to Christ

A woman who had taken time to contemplate Holman Hunt’s magnificent picture, “The Light of the World,” told some friends what came to her mind.

As she studied Jesus standing at a wooden door, a door without a latch on the outside, she knew that the door represented her heart. She knew that the door could only be opened from the inside. She knew, also, that the picture of Jesus preparing to knock on the door was based on a text found in Revelation 3:20. The text has Jesus saying, “Listen, I am standing at the door knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come to you and eat with you, and you with me.”

The woman said that then she began to imagine opening the door, letting Christ in, having fellowship with him, and then Christ taking her arm and saying, “Let’s go out into the world to see who we might help.”

 
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