Welcoming Jesus Presence

Daily Spirit and Word, 496: Welcoming Jesus Presence.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 12: Vision Corrected by Welcoming Jesus Presence.

Good morning my friends, there’s a shocking truth revealed in our message today. It’s that though Jesus was with the disciples on the Road To Emmaus, (imagine the privilege of having the risen Christ walk beside you?) they were still ignorant of who Jesus was. Jesus gave them all the evidence they needed from the Scriptures that the Christ had to suffer and die and rise again three days later, but as they drew near the village, Jesus acted as if He were going to keep going. My friends, those followers were so close to missing Jesus Christ’s full revelation and actually seeing Him.

Luke 24:28-29 28  As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going further.
29  But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

Note this, Jesus acted as if He was going further.

It’s like Jesus is indicating I’m going away, unless you invite me in to be with you. He didn’t say it in words, but with His presence. Thankfully those disciples were hospitable and invited Jesus to stay with them. It was the custom in those days to offer lodging to strangers at night, and it’s so good that they’d learned enough from the Lord to practice hospitality. They were not about to let this stranger, who’d opened up the Scriptures to them as they walked along, go any further. It was dangerous to travel alone at night and they would have been mortified if anything had happened to this stranger.

There’s another Scripture that brings light to this passage today:

Revelation 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”

It’s that invitation from the Lord. He’s Standing, knocking, Speaking. If ANYONE responds like this; “Hears my voice” and secondly “Opens the door”. It’s that hospitality to the Living Lord Jesus: Listening to His voice: The disciple on the road to Emmaus had obviously listened to Jesus’ voice as He explained the Scriptures. Many people hear the voice of Jesus many times: Through sermons, through reading the Bible, through attending Church, Alpha Courses, Christianity Explained and 40 Days With Jesus, they hear His Voice today. But here’s the important and critical point: Jesus acted as if He were going further. / There’s a Door that Jesus is knocking on.

It’s a Moment in our life when we know we must respond to Jesus Christ: Either invite Him in or let him go on His journey. Either open the door to our lives or ignore the knocking upon our hearts.

Jesus Knocks on the Door of a Famous Person:

I didn’t know until today that one of the Dragons from the famous TV series here in the UK “Dragon’s Den” had been given this opportunity to welcome Jesus presence into his life. His name is quite famous, he’s the renowned entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne.

Duncan Bannatyne said, “For me the tears came at about ten o’clock that night, my face was wet, my nose began to run and I was a mess. After many minutes I began to get the feeling that I wasn’t alone. It was there that God said hello. I felt that I had been consumed by this presence, that something had completely shrouded and taken hold of me. It was unmistakable. I knew who had come and I also knew why. It wasn’t a spiritual thing, it was a Christian thing, I felt I was being told: “You’ve arrived, join the faith, be a Christian, this is it.”

 “You’ve arrived, join the faith, be a Christian, this is it.” 

Duncan continues, “It was profound, and I stood there, stunned, considering the offer and thinking about what it would mean. I knew I wanted to keep on making money, and I also knew I wanted to keep on doing all the things I was proud of – I knew I was never going to be this totally Christian guy, going to church on Sundays. I said, “No, I’m not ready” and God said, “Okay and disappeared”.

When I read this about Duncan Bannatyne, I almost cried, because I feel I’ve gotten to know the man after watching him on TV, my heart and my prayers went out for him and for his eternal destiny. For he’s just turned down the offer of LIFE with Jesus, because of the love of money and fame.

Those disciples had a golden opportunity that day on the road to Emmaus and they responded by inviting Jesus in, and everyone who hears Jesus voice today, Jesus invitation, Jesus knocking, Jesus presence, has that very same opportunity, but will you take it? That’s the £1,000,000 Question.

If you have heard Jesus Voice today or a listening to the knock of Jesus then, like Duncan Bannatyne: “You’ve arrived, the invitation is to join the faith, to be Christian man or woman for God, this is it”.

“You’ve arrived, join the faith, be a Christian, this is it.” 

  • The thing about Jesus standing, acting as if He’s about to go away: He’s waiting for you to invite Him in.
  • The thing about Jesus knocking: He will not turn the handle for you. You must respond yourself.
  • The thing about Jesus acting as if He was going further, it was up to the Disciple to invite Jesus to stay.
  • The thing about your moment is the same: Jesus speaks, Jesus waits, Jesus knocks, Jesus invites you to respond: But it’s up to you. Will you respond, will you open up the door of your heart to Jesus today? Will you invite Jesus in? Will you welcome Jesus?

Proverbs 29:18  “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.”

My friends, tomorrow, we’ll see how those disciples on the Road to Emmaus got their revelation after they invited Jesus in, that same Revelation can be your too, but it will only come to you today, once you respond and open the door of your heart and invite Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Saviour.

Once we know the Gospel: We’ve all sinned and fall short of the Glory of God: (The revelations of God’s goodness, His standards, His commandments) we’ve all fallen short and are called upon by God to REPENT. To turn away from worthless works and idols of money and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ to be His, His disciple, His follower, His man or woman today. That’s what Duncan Bannatyne missed, the Disciples almost missed it. They could have just waved Jesus goodbye, but they didn’t, they opened the door of hospitality and welcomed the Saviour of the World, the Risen Lord Jesus Christ into their home. They Welcomed Jesus IN.

I’ve known many who’ve been at that point of decision and floundered, thinking, “I’ll do it later”. I don’t know how many times Jesus will be standing there; speaking and knocking and the impulse or invitation to respond will be presented in such a convincing way, as it was to Duncan Bannatyne or to you today. My friends, with all my heart I’m pleading for you to save yourself and turn to receive Jesus whilst the offer is still on the table. Whilst the sound of His Voice is in your ears, whilst you can still see Him through the eyes of faith. Open up, Invite Him in, turn and repent and receive.

Points to Ponder:

  • When will you respond to Jesus’ life transforming opportunity?
  • Your vision can only be corrected by welcoming Jesus presence into your life.
  • Come to Jesus Christ today. Open up, turn away from sin and trust the Saviour.
  • He’s only a prayer away, then, then my friends, you’ll get your revelation.

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I don’t want to miss this opportunity that You are giving me today, so please Lord, come into my life, be my Lord. I know that I’ve fallen short and broken Your Commandments, please forgive me Lord. I turn away from all sin. I believe that You gave Your Life on the Cross so that I could be forgiven for sin and given the gift of eternal life and abundant life from the moment I respond and receive You as my Lord and Saviour. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, Lord Jesus and give me the New Life that You promised. I believe in YOU Lord Jesus Christ. I’m responding to Your knocking on the door of my life. I welcome Your Presence. Amen.

God bless and keep you all today my friends. I’m really enjoying 40 Days With Jesus and I hope you are too. Will you please pray for me and for the Fellowship at St Luke’s Church as we have our Annual General Meeting. I’m praying for you too. Thank you Lord Jesus for Your Awesome Revelations. Amen.

Proverbs 29:18  “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.”

“You’ve arrived, join the faith, be a Christian, this is it.” 

 

Welcoming Jesus Presence: Corrects Your Vision.

40 Days with Jesus: Day 12: Vision Corrected by Welcoming Jesus Presence.