Open the Door to Christmas

Open the Door to Christmas

Open the Christmas door at my house right now and you’ll hear the music of the Christmas story while the gals in the house bake mom’s special recipe Christmas cut outs. The tantalizing smell overwhelms. Holiday lights radiate the warm cozy home feeling. It’s the perfect holiday moment.

It is so special to be home for the holiday. It is so exciting to open the door to the family migrating home and envelop them into the familiar place longed for; the comfort of home. Crossing the threshold at home for Christmas is as special as it can be.

The picture of opening the door and ushering someone special into the home brings back the memory of a mentor of mine from years ago. He lived a life serving Jesus as a Christian camp maintenance man. The verse of scripture he chose to guide his life was from Psalms 84:10:

“For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
         I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
         Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (NKJV)

The door keeper would be looking into the Tabernacle or the House of God. It was his greatest longing to be near the savior who ruled the house. Jesus is this savior. He came to build the house of God with his sacrifice for the sins of all of humankind. It is His sacrifice upon which God builds our heavenly home. For this reason, the doorkeeper takes a lowly position of service so that he can be in the presence of the Master and have the privilege of ushering people across the threshold and home into God’s presence.

The doorkeeper has no stature, but he is able to see the his blessed  Master, he is able to look into the house and see the treasure of his Lord, the warmth of His presence and the comfort of knowing he is secure in his Master’s service.

In the Bible book of Revelation chapter 3 verse 8, we read that Jesus declares; “I have set before you an open door…I am the door.” Jesus also said; “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”(John 14.6) Jesus came to earth to show us the only way home to live eternally in the house of God. It’s a special privilege to be the message bearer to bring people to enter His house.

The first part of John chapter 14 reads:

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions;if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

Jesus came to show us the way to a heavenly home. He stands as the door asking all who would believe in Him to enter. It is a privilege to proclaim His message to all who will enter by believing in His Name and the salvation from sin that only He can offer as God’s son sent to redeem us from our sin. I invite you to enter the Door of Christmas.

Peace does not rest in every heart at this time of the year. This why Jesus was given to us as a Christmas gift to be received. Troubled hearts, broken lives and wandering souls stirred God’s heart to come as Savior so that whatever our need, he issues an invitation that says; “Come to my house, all of you who are weary and burdened by sin. I will take that burden, lighten your load and give to you the hope that the doorkeeper sees and shows to you through My open door.”

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and accept the gift of the open door to Christmas and enter an eternal home with the Savior, Jesus.

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About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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One Response to Open the Door to Christmas

  1. Thanks for this great reminder.
    Merry Christmas!

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