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Revelation 3:20 – Jesus Knocks at the Door


Jesus calls the church in Laodicea to repent by depicting himself as knocking at a door. If the Christians respond, they will enjoyed renewed fellowship with him.


Jesus standing at the door, knocking, is a familiar way to depict his desire for a relationship with people. The verse sits in the context of a message warning Christians who have become complacent. The church at the city of Laodicea in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) was prosperous and self-satisfied. In Revelation the people of this church are said to be merely lukewarm in faith. They are challenged to repent, and the image of Jesus standing at the door is a way of calling those who already consider themselves Christians to a renewed commitment to the faith.

Revelation 3:20

20Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.

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