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DOOR OF GRACE AND PEACE

By Fran Caffey Sandin

My husband, Jim, and I recently visited in Kentucky where we toured the Biblical replica of Noah’s Ark described in Genesis 6-7. One large door with the faint image of a cross caught our attention. When originally opened, the ark’s door received all the animals and Noah’s family. When Noah was building the monstrous boat, people thought he was crazy because it had never rained. But Noah exercised faith, believed God, and obeyed his directions. When it was time to close the huge ark door, the people outside the ark who refused to heed the warning and the invitation to join Noah’s family died in the flood, but all inside were saved. It is clearly an Old Testament picture of the future salvation God provided through His Son, Jesus. He said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved” (John 10: 9).

Jeannie relates her personal door encounter that happened only a few months ago.
“About 11:00 p.m. on a lovely evening with clear, starry skies, I slipped outside our house to the little workshop my husband built for me in the back yard. Normally I use it for making flower arrangements and wreaths but that night it became a quiet, pleasant place to read and meditate on the assigned verses for my Bible study. My lesson included, Revelation 3: 20, ‘Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.’

With Bible open, I sat in my tall chair by the worktable and gazed at the closed wooden door. My thought was, ‘Yes, Jesus, I want to open the door of my heart, but I am afraid because of all the things I’ve done in the past. Yes, I want to open the door, but I would rather you not see the sin in my life. Yes, I want to open the door, but I’m fearful of what I might be asked to do or say.’

About then I heard the screen door flopping and the noise made me wonder…what is happening? Then as I focused on the wooden door, it suddenly flew open! I couldn’t believe my eyes! With my heart pounding, I could sense the presence of Jesus looking at me with eyes of grace and love. It was as though he was saying, I know you and what you have done, but I love you and I want you to be mine. It was like a loving father calling me to himself. In that extremely emotional moment, I cried and said, ‘I believe.’ From that day forward my life has changed.”

Doorways are so common. We walk through them every day without a thought. However, the word-picture of a door appears in many places throughout the Scriptures. The night before the Israelites were delivered out of slavery in Egypt, the Lord instructed them to sacrifice a lamb and put some of the blood on the door frames. They did. The death angel passed over their dwellings and they were spared from the tenth plague. Each firstborn was saved from death. They were protected from God’s judgment by the blood of the lamb. The Passover Door became a picture of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb of God, whose death on the cross takes away our sin and gives everlasting life. Is Jesus knocking on your heart’s door today?  Will you let Him in?

Dear Father, for those who deny the God of judgment, may His Truth be revealed so they will understand how much He loves them and wants them to be saved, to experience His grace, mercy, power and peace for all eternity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.