Revelation 3:20

Bread and goblet of juice for communion at church.

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“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”

Revelation 3:20, LSB

Many hear these words of Jesus as a call to convert and follow Him, but this is not a calling for us to go and knock on doors to tell the Gospel to our neighbors. We are to share and live out the Word of God in every portion of our lives, but the Holy Spirit places faith in the hearts of those who hear and reveals to them the glory of God. Notice the words, “dine with him,” and hear the calling to the Sacrament of the Altar as we are called to communion with our Lord.  In the Lord’s Supper, we are called to repent and turn away from our sins. We are called away from those things that trouble us and lead us astray into fellowship with our God. As our Lord knocks on the doors of the hearts of those whom He has called, we find He, though aware of our failures, always invites us to be near Him. All who believe and are baptized are invited to repentance as we come to eat and drink with our Lord, leaving our sins behind us, and moving into His warm embrace. He reminds us, through His Word, that He is always near to us even in our shortcomings. In this, we can find peace.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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