Artist's Work Attacked
In his famous picture 'The Light of the
World' Holman Hunt portrays the Lord Jesus Christ, thorn-crowned
and carrying a lantern in his left hand. Standing at a door which is ivy-covered,
as if long closed, he is seen knocking. His eye tells of love, his face
beams with yearning.
It is said the artist, after completing
the picture, showed it to some friends. Viewing it they saw what they thought
to be an omission. With a sense of glee one of them said “you have put
no handle on the door”. Replying Holman Hunt said “You forget the handle
is on the inside”.
The handle to the door of the heart
is on the inside. In Luke 24 we find the Lord Jesus Christ joining with
on the road to Emmaus. Approaching the village we read v28 "he made as
though he would have gone further". Had they not invited or "constrained
him" he would not have entered in and supped with him. While
Samson carried away the gates of Gaza, Christ does not break down the gates
of unbelieving hearts. He waits until he is invited. Daniel Webster Whittle
"Room for Jesus, King of
Hasten now, His Word obey;
Swing the heart's door widely
Bid him enter while you may".
Speaking to the Laodicean church the Lord
said "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". (Rev. 3:20). If you invite
him into your heart he will save and satisfy you.
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