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Jesus: The Seeking Savior

Memory Verse: Revelation 3:14-20

I. Introduction: One of the most compelling pictures of Christ is found in Revelation 3:20.

In this verse, Jesus says, “I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” This was part of the Lord’s message given through the apostle John to the church at Laodicea. They had grown lukewarm and complacent in their relationship with Him. Revelation 3:20 is a beautiful illustration of Christ’s love and the powerful effect it can have when people welcome Him into their lives.

II. The Significance of the Seven Churches

A. All the congregations mentioned in chapters 2 and 3 existed at the time that Revelation was written. They also represent periods of church history.

1. Ephesus (the loveless church): the first century

2. Smyrna (the persecuted church): the end of the first century to the fourth century

3. Pergamos (the overly-tolerant church): the fourth to the fifth century

4. Thyatira (the compromising church): the sixth to the seventeenth century

5. Sardis (the church of opportunity): the eighteenth to nineteenth century

6. Laodicea (the complacent church): the twentieth century to the present

B. The descriptions of these seven churches can also apply to particular congregations in any age and even to individual believers at various points in their spiritual journey.

III. Revelation 3:20 pictures Jesus . . .

A. Standing. This word indicates His readiness to enter the life of anyone who opens the door of his or her heart to Him. Even if it seems as if you came to Christ by your own choosing, He took the initiative to begin a relationship with you (John 6:44). Apart from His calling, no one would ever seek God (Rom. 3:10-12).

B. Knocking. In Revelation 3:20, knocking is an illustration of asking for someone’s attention. The Lord uses difficulty, hardship, pain, and disappointment–as well as the preaching of the Word–to reveal to us that we are spiritually needy and poor (Rev. 3:17). Pay attention when He knocks on the door to your heart. He desires to protect you from making decisions that ultimately will bring you harm.

C. Pleading. Notice that Jesus waits for us to open the door–He will not force His way in. But He gives us freedom to respond in obedience or rebellion to His call. Years ago, God spoke clearly to an In Touch partner and prompted him to purchase a building for the ministry. The Father has specific things for you to do too. I pray that you will learn to listen for His voice, which is guiding and directing you into His perfect will for your life.

D. Penetrating. Our lives are never the same once Jesus takes His rightful place on the throne of your heart (2 Cor. 5:17). Jesus referred to this process as being “born-again” (John 3:3). At salvation, we receive the divine nature of God through the presence of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:3-4). This doesn’t mean that we never sin again, but rather that rebellion against Him will no longer be comfortable. Instead, we are motivated to confess and repent of it. The Lord will not let us be at peace with sin because He loves us too much.

E. Dining. Revelation 3:20 ends with an offer to “dine” with Christ. In the first century, eating together was an even more powerful sign of friendship than it is today. Essentially, Jesus is offering to fellowship with whoever opens his or her heart to Him. There is nothing more exciting, satisfying, and intimate than the companionship of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Conclusion:

Have you welcomed the risen Savior into every area of your life? Even as believers, we often close our hearts to intimate fellowship with Him. Instead of relying on His mercy, we attempt to overcome sin in our own power. Likewise, we should depend on His gracious willingness to help us but often try to solve life’s problems independently. Your Creator longs to know you and be known by you. Open your heart to Him. I promise you will not regret allowing Jesus into every corner of your soul.

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