Jesus changes His the tone of His Voice as we open to Revelation 3:20. After seven rebukes to the most disobedient church of the seven, Laodicea is hearing something amazing. Jesus makes them an offer that is unbelievable. Jesus invites anyone who wants to spend time with Him, face-to-face, and one-on-one, to join Him for the most refreshing meal of the day: the unhurried evening meal that every laboring person longed for after a hard day’s work; and every rich person looked forward to as the best time of the day.
Jesus inserts Himself into what those living in the 1st Century would consider the best time of their day; and in that time, Jesus Christ offers Himself.
This is one of the truly great invitations from God, in all of God's Word. Jesus here invites anyone who will respond to the incredible event of time with Him. But first, as we consider this invitation, we need to remember some of:
The Great Invitations
Of God’s Word
The invitations of God’s Word are all amazing. Many of them are enough to take a lifetime of exploration. Listen to just a few:
The great Gospel call of Isaiah 55:1 (NKJV) “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price.
The verse that Charles Haddon Spurgeon heard and responded to in the invitation, the day he ws saved in Isaiah 45:22 (NKJV) “ Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
The great promise of so many in the modern missions movement, from Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV) ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
Perhaps Christ's greatest Gospel call in Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Jesus makes an offer to anyone searching for truth in John 7:17 (NKJV) If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.
Jesus defines the work of salvation in John 7:37-38 (NKJV) On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Those six are amazing invitations, but as we take the time to unpack the one in our verse today, we will see that it is the greatest of them all. Here in Revelation 3:20 Jesus makes the very greatest of all invitations for us as believers.
Dr. John barnett continues his series on "Christ's Last Words to His Church"