"On the Threshold"
Jesus 'the Door' stands outside 'the door'
Christ will come to thee, holding
out to thee His consolation, if thou prepare Him a
fit dwelling within thee.
Many a visit does He make to
the interior man; sweet is His communication with
him, delightful His consolation, great His peace,
and His familiarity exceedingly amazing. Give place, then,
for Christ, and deny entrance to all others.
“He that followeth Me, walketh
not in darkness,” saith the Lord. These are the words
of Christ, by which we are taught to imitate His life
and manners, if we would be truly enlightened, and
be delivered form all blindness of heart. Let, therefore, our chief
endeavour be to meditate upon the life of Jesus Christ.
When thou hast Christ thou art
rich, and He is sufficient for thee. He will provide
for thee and faithfully supply thy wants in all things,
so that thou needest not trust to men.
“Son,” says Christ to us, “leave
thyself, and thou shalt find Me.” Thomas
But Christ can give thee heart Who loveth thee:
Can set thee in the eternal ecstasy
Of his great jubilee:
Can give thee dancing heart and shining face,
And lips filled full of grace,
And pleasures as the rivers and the sea
Who knocketh at His door.
He welcomes evermore:
Kneel down before
That ever-open door.
The time is short, and smite
Thy breast, and pray with all they might.
The greatest problems in the field
of history center in the person and Life of Christ.
Who He was, what He was, how and why He came to be,
are questions that have not lost and will not lose
their interest for us and for mankind. For the problems that center in
Jesus have this peculiarity: they are not individual,
but general -- concern not a person, but the world. How
we are to judge Him is not simply a curious point for historical
criticism, but a vital matter for religion. Jesus Christ is the
most powerful spiritual force that ever operated for good on and
in humanity. He is to-day what He has been for centuries - an
object of reverence and love to the good, the cause of remorse
and change, penitence and hope to the bad; of moral strength
to the morally weak, of inspiration to the despondent,
consolation the desolate, and cheer to the dying.
He has created the typical virtues and moral ambitions
of civilized man; has been to the benevolent a motive
to beneficence, to the selfish a persuasion to selfforgetful obedience;
and has become the living ideal that has steadied and
raised, awed and guided youth, braced and ennobled manhood, mellowed and
beautified age. In Him the Christian ages have seen
the manifested Good, the Eternal living in time, the Infinite
within the limits of humanity; and their faith has glorified His
sufferings into a sacrifice by the Creator for the creature, His
death into an atonement for human sin. No other life has done
such work, no other person been made to bear such transcendent
and mysterious meanings. It is impossible to touch Jesus
without touching millions of hearts now living and yet to live.
He is, whatever else He may be, as a world's imperishable wonder,
a world's everlasting problem, as a pre-eminent object of
human faith, a pre-eminent subject of human thought. Principal
Jesus Christ is the great name
in history. There are others for whom men have died;
He alone is adored by all people, in all nations,
and in all times.
He who bears this name is known
throughout the world. Even among the savage and degenerate
tribes of the human race, His apostles preach without
ceasing that He died upon the cross; and the offscourings
of mankind may be saved by loving Him. Those who are
neutral, in the modern world, recognize that none
is better for the weak and miserable.
The greatest intellects of the
past would be forgotten if memorials, as palaces,
obelisks or tombs; if written testimonies, as papyrus
or parchments, bricks, columns or medals, had not preserved
their memory. Jesus survives in the conscience of the faithful:
there is His witness and indestructible monument. The Church
founded by Him fills time and space with His name. She
knows Him, she loves Him, she adores Him. Didon
Come unto me, all you that labour
and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of
me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall
find rest unto your souls,
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. St. Matthew quoting
God, who at sundry times and
in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers
by the prophets,
Hath in these last days spoken
unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of
all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being
the brightness of his glory, and the express image
of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,
when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the
right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much
better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance
obtained a more excellent name than they.
For unto which of the angels
said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have
I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father,
and he shall be to me a son?
And again, when he bringeth in the
firstbegotten into the world, he saith: And let all
the angels of God worship him.
And of the angels he saith:
Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a
flame of fire.
But unto the Son he saith: Thy
throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of
righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
The Alexandrian Apostle Hebrews 1:1-8
What is a door for? -
1) A door is a means of entrance.
A building without a door is a vault sealed in death.
A divine plan without a door would be meaningless,
unreachable, useless. Christ came to be the means whereby
those who were afar off might be made nigh. There was
but one door in Noah's ark; there was only one door in the Tabernacle
in the wilderness. “Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name under heaven given among men;
whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). There is but ONE
2) A door is a means of separation.
To be on the one side of a closed door means to be
separated or cut off from those on the other side.
Seldom is a door used as an ornament! Doors are made
to be used, and when this is done, a person passes from one
place to another. There is a vast difference between being inside
and outside; when the door is closed, it is not possible to be
on both sides at once. It is thus with Christians. To respond to
the claims of Christ means forsaking the company of those without,
to turn one's back upon that which is evil, and with calm
deliberation to identify oneself with the people of God.
3) A door is a means of protection.
When the icy blasts of a mid-winter storm beat upon
a home, a closed door becomes a shelter. Behind its
solid strength is warmth, comfort, protection. When
wild beasts or evil men would enter a home, a strong door
becomes a bulwark. when Christ announced that He was the
Door, He not only invited sinners to seek refuge in His kingdom, but also
promised in every time of stress and storm to be near
to help. “I will never leave thee” seems to be the talk of a truly
4) A door is a means of exclusion.
An open door issues an invitation; a strong door promises
protection; but a locked door is something to be feared.
Matthew 25:10-12 suggests that all men should strive to
enter the kingdom of God while the door is open. The
time must come when the door will close. “Afterward
came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open
to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto
you, I know you not.”
O Jesus, Thou art standing
Outside the fast-closed door,
In lowly patience waiting
To Pass the threshold o'er:
Shame on us, Christian brothers,
His Name and sign who bear,
O shame, thrice shame upon us,
To keep Him standing there!
O Jesus, thou art knocking;
And lo, that hand is scarred,
And thorns Thy brow encircle,
And tears Thy face have marred:
O love that passeth knowledge,
So patiently to wait!
O sin that hath no equal,
So fast to bar the gate!
O Jesus, Thou art pleading
In accents meek and low,
“I died for you, My children,
And will ye treat money so?”
O Lord, with shame and sorrow
We open now the door;
Dear Savior, enter, enter,
And leave us nevermore.
W. Walsham How, 1867
Next time we will look at what an older, now with Jesus
preacher had to say about the way to Christ and glory. Is
it the wide way the modern preachers would have us
Nearness to the Shepherd is
the guarantee their souls will be fed with the bread
of life. God prefers gardens to deserts, and to follow
His guidance means to reach green pastures and be beside
still waters. (Psalm 23)
I heard a preacher say on the
radio just the other day that 100,000 people are coming
to Christ everyday. That sounds like the world is
being wonderfully evangelized don’t it?
Let’s see what this Godly preacher
of old had to say about it.
God Bless You