Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he shall eat with Me.
21. He who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant him to sit, beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame (was victorious) and sat down beside my Father on His throne. Amp.
Overcometh – c) to subdue, conquer, prevail, get the victory.
How wonderful it would be if Jesus would come knocking on our door and we could invite Him to come in and have dinner with us in our home. And yet that is exactly what the scripture is saying. He however, did sit and eat with the disciples.
I often think of the time when Jesus got into Peter’s boat and told him to put out into the deep water and lower his nets for a haul. (Luke 5:3-11) How wonderful it would be to have Jesus just come and sit down in your boat. This was the miracle that caused Peter, James and John to leave everything and join with Jesus as His disciples.
It is a type of what He does spiritually with us. He comes knocking on our heart, wanting to be invited into our life and show us how much He loves us. He says, if anyone hears and listens to and heeds His voice. We must open the door to our heart and let Him in. How does that happen?
He is always seeking willing hearts to love. He will not force His way. He is most gracious and polite, gentile and kind. The heart can hold onto a lot of sin that causes nothing but grief. They are not usually gentile and kind, but stubborn and selfish. We think we must clean up the house and be on our good behavior before we can let Him in.
He already knows the condition of our heart and our life before He knocks. He would not knock if we were not able to open the door. All we have to do is say yes! He brings the food with Him. All He wants is to be with us and set us free from all that would stop us from living a victorious life.
We must eat the food that He brings and not the junk food of this world. We must eat the truth that He offers to us. We must eat with faith, believing what He says. The more you eat the more you want. There is nothing more satisfying than the Bread of Life. We can eat all we want and still want more.
After Jesus died and rose again, the disciples were lost without Him, so they went back to fishing in John 21. They again fished all night and caught nothing. Now I know if I were them, I would have been remembering the last time that happened and how wonderful it would be if they could just hear Jesus again tell them to lower their nets again for a haul.
And yet that is just what the Lord did for them. They were out all night eating the bread of self pity, grief and fear. And then Jesus calls to them and tells them again to cast their nets on the right side and find some fish. Then He says, “Come and dine.”
Then Jesus fed them. He did not fuss at Peter for denying Him three times, but asked if he loved Him three times. I believe He spoke healing to his heart and then told them to feed His sheep three times.
He fed them with just what they needed. He gave them love and a purpose with no condemnation. That is what He does for each of us, if we will just come and dine!