"On the Threshold"

Jesus 'the Door' stands outside 'the door'



 
Part Two
     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 Á Kempis
 
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.
                                                           Christiana Rossetti
  
     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 Fairbairn 

     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 our LORD 

     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 

Thought: 
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 Door. 

     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 Good Shepherd. 

     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.” 
     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) 
 
Poem: 

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 believe? 
     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