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Company’s Coming


Mon, Nov 25th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

By Rev. Paul Ibisch

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 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 that person, and they with me.” Rev. 3:19-20 NIV

In our house the words, “Company’s coming,” means immediate action. Laundry includes freshening the linens for the guest room. Vacuuming, dust mopping, scrubbing floors and planning menus are all parts of having guests over. It sounds like a lot of work, but our guests are important to us. Usually they are family members we rarely get to see. Food is always a big part of these visits as shared meals bind people together.

In Revelation, Jesus predicts his return as a guest coming to your house and knocking on the door. Not a mere human, Jesus is the Son of God who suffered death on a cross to satisfy the debt we owed God for sinning. The One knocking rose victorious from the dead, ascended into heaven and reigns in heaven as the rightful King of all things.

What should you do?

Open the door. Believe what he says. “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16 NIV).” Clean up, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are…! All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure (1 John 3:1-3 NIV).” More than a dish to pass, “the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines (Isaiah 25:6 NIV).”

Go ahead, open the door and enjoy having company! See you in church!

Rev. Paul Ibisch, with 28 years of parish ministry, continues to

teach the Bible, guest preach, publish devotionals, and encourage the

work of local congregations. Telephone: 608-799-0990.

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