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 two disciples 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 wrote-

"Room for Jesus, King of Glory!
Hasten now, His Word obey;
Swing the heart's door widely open;
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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