Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
The greatest experience in this life is to come to a personal knowledge and understanding of our Savior. Many people think that Jesus Christ was a man who walked on this earth nearly two thousand years ago, and now he is somewhere, but they have no understanding of his actual whereabouts. The Angel said “Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him” (Mark 16:6). Jesus gave his life for all the people on this earth and he is personally excited and blessed when people actually look for him and actually find him to be alive and well. In the Book of Revelation, we have one of my favorite verses of Scripture in the whole of the Word of God that Jesus spoke after his resurrection.
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.
One thing that makes this verse so exciting to me is that in the Bible lands, in the culture that Jesus was raised in, whenever they would have a close personal friend over to dinner, the host always served and waited on his welcome guest, not sitting at the table. In Revelation 3:20, we have a dinner invitation that is even more personal than a close friend is, because Jesus says that he actually eats with you, and you with him.
Jesus has always been standing at our door knocking. The knocking is another custom meaning that one would actually stand outside the gate of the house and call out the owner’s name (Acts 10:17-18). This is why the verse says, “if any man hear my voice.” In the Gospel of John, Jesus further discusses that there were to be other people besides those of the first century who would hear his voice.
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
We today are those to whom Jesus was referring. Reading the words of Christ is easy, yet it is an entirely different experience to hear his sweet voice. Christ’s calling is pleasant and speaks directly to our heart and inner soul with inspiration that will always strengthen our believing with a heavenly serenity, for our Savior’s voice encourages, exhorts, and edifies men and women who answer him.
When you answer the call of Jesus today, you allow him into your heart. When you hear His wonderful voice, you may recall how he has been calling you all along, even since your childhood! It certainly will bless his life to bless your life for allowing him into your heart as you begin dining together on the bread of life (God’s Word), and enjoying your close personal relationship with him who gave his utmost for you.