Is Jesus welcome for Dinner

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Is Jesus Welcome for Dinner

      Thanksgiving is a great holiday, but it is more than just a day to eat a lot of great food.  It is a reminder of what we should be thankful for.  In it, we celebrate good food, precious family, fellowship with those we love, and our priceless freedoms.  It more than the meal.  It is more than entertaining.  It is the time to be close to those that mean the most.
    In this season of visiting and eating, there is another more important meal to which you are invited.  Jesus says to every man in Revelation 3:20, “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.”  We can learn a great deal about the human condition from this short verse. 
    First, notice that Jesus is outside the door of the person’s heart.  This is because our sins have separated between us and God.   Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” man is not basically good.  We have a sin nature and it will control us if we do not get the deliverance of God in our life.
    The good news is that God has made a way to take away our sin.  Jesus sacrificed Himself to wash away our sin.  But Jesus is a gentleman.  He still knocks.  Like all the people coming over for the Holidays, Jesus waits at the door until we come and welcome Him in.
    This is the wonderful thing about God’s salvation.  God does not expect up to face the challenges of our temptations, our sins, or even just the challenges of life alone.  Jesus is not satisfied to direct you from outside.  No, through the Holy Spirit, He comes into your life and heart if you are willing to just open the door.  He wants to see you through it all.  He wants to give you power to be victorious over every addiction even if it is just the addiction to sin.
    But the thing that most people miss about this verse in Revelation 3:20 is that Jesus does not only want to come in and be in our lives.  He wants to have communion.  This is what is meant by God’s desire to “sup” with us.  He wants to have spiritual supper with us.
    During the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is not just a meal that draws us to other people’s homes.  It is the desire to spend time with the people we love.  That is God’s desire too.  He knocks at your heart’s door because He wants to come into your life.  He waits for your answer, because He will not force His way in.  He wants to be close to you.  He wants to forgive everything that you have ever done against Him.  He wants to save us all from our selves and take us to Heaven.  But God’s ultimate goal is to have communion with us.  He wants us to be close to Him.  He wants the same communion that we crave with our families and friends during these holidays. 
    That is the miracle of the Gospel.  Jesus offers everything that we need for complete fulfillment in our life.  And just like a true gift of the holiday season, the gift of salvation is completely free.  You can not buy it.  It is Jesus knocking at the door of your heart.  You cannot pay Him to come in.  You cannot clean up your own life to make it acceptable to Him.  All you can do is open the door and let Him it.  He is better than your holiday guests.  He wants to clean up for you and with you.  You cannot make yourself acceptable to God by cleaning up your life.  You cannot clean yourself up to come to God.  You come to God so He can clean you up.
    Jesus is knocking at the door of your life.  Will you let Him in to dine with you?  Is Jesus welcome in your heart?  If you have never opened the door to Jesus and asked him to save you and come into life, why not pray right now a prayer like this:
    Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that has separated me from you.  But You died to wash away all my sin.  I hear you knocking at my heart’s door.  Please come into my life and forgive all my sin.  Please be the Lord of my life.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen

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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This brings me to mind of a short story my wife read in church abot whether or not you'd allow Jesus in if He showed up unexpectedly at your door one day. What would you hide? What would you put out to make Him think you were holy? Would you want Him around when your friends were over? What about the music you were playing?

For me, He only had to knock once and I gladly opened the door as I was homeless and He put a vision on me as I was living out my bitterness and such while being a homeless veteran living in the woods.

For some I've talked with, Jesus came back a few times. He saw the need and desire yet satan was throwing doubt in their minds and had them thinking they were better off on their own.

I really enjoyed this, Pastor. Considering what Jesus has done in my life and that of my wife, EVERY DAY is Thanksgiving!


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PastorAndrew 6 years ago from Detroit Author

Here is a copy of that poem you just made reference to. I memorized it and performed it on stage and at churches when I was a kid.

IF JESUS CAME TO YOUR HOUSE

If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two ...

If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you'd do.

Oh, I know you'd give your nicest room to such an honored Guest

And all the food you'd serve to Him would be the very best.

And you would keep assuring Him you're glad to have Him there ...

That serving Him in your own home is joy beyond compare.

But - when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door

With arms outstretched in welcome to your Heavenly visitor?

Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in

Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they'd been?

Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn't heard

And wish you hadn't uttered that last, loud, hasty word?

Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out

And could you let Him walk right in, or would you rush about?

And I wonder - if the Saviour spent a day or two with you -

Would you go right on doing the things you always do?

Would you go right on saying the things you always say?

Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?

Would your family conversation keep up its usual pace

And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?

Would you sing the songs you always sing, and read the books you read,

And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?

Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you planned to go

Or would you maybe change your plans, for just a day or so?

Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friend

Or would you hope they'd stay away until His visit ends?

Would you be glad to have Him stay forever - on and on -

Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last had gone?

It might be interesting to know the things that you might do

If Jesus came in person - just to spend some time with you.

Lois Kendall Blanchard


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Pastor, thank you so much for bringing it back and for sending it to me!


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Jesus is welcomed in my home everyday. His seat of honour awaits his daily arrival. Actually Jesus lives within me and is ever present in my life. He knows I am a sinner, just like Zacchaeus, but like he told the hypcrites in Jericho, "The son of man came to seek out and to save the lost.

Brother Dave.

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