There are many times in the gospels that we read about Jesus entering into a house. While the stories are interesting, a greater lesson lies beneath this. It’s an insight into what happens (or should happen) when we invite Jesus into our lives. “Behold, I stand at the door...” In this series we enter some of the doors with Jesus to learn life changing lessons he would have us learn.
Session 1 – Doors and You
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock…” (Rev 3:20). We all understand that doors provide entry, yet when Jesus talks about doors he is inviting us to consider something deeply personal. He is inviting us to experience a divine, transforming encounter with him. He is asking us to open up and be prepared to have him speak directly to our heart because this is where he wants to live.
Session 2 – Doors and Patches
“And when Jesus came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except...” (Lk 8:51). Amazing things happen when Jesus walks through the door into homes. Life changing things. The same is true in this story - but first we need the back story where we will discover that sickness, death and patches all come together to help us see what Jesus can do if we let him into our home.
Session 3 – Doors and Greatness
“When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?”” (Mark 9:33). A small argument, something we all do, surely it wasn’t important. Yet, as we sit down with Jesus in one of the few places he called home, we get to listen and watch as he teaches us one of life’s most important lessons - humility.
Session 4 – Doors and Perspective
“When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this” (Mark 10:10). It’s a technical question about marriage and divorce, but Jesus is about to bring them to greater heights as tensions in culture and law are put into perspective. However, this time Jesus is “indignant” and as we discover why, we are brought to reflect on the lesson we find hardest to accept despite already being taught it.
We live in a generation appropriately called the ‘look down’ generation. A generation who now experience more of the world looking down at a screen, than looking up at life! There has never been a generation so fervently bowed in such rapt attention to such a small device. There has never before been a generation when the words of Jesus have such significance. As he said, when these things begin to take place, “Look up, lift up your heads, for your redemption draws nigh!”
It’s time to look up, look out and look forward!