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Jesus Knocking at the Door - Why You Did Not Open it?

Is there a mistake in our painting of life?

The great artist William Holman Hunt ever paints a famous painting Jesus is standing and knocking in the front of the hunt’s door. Hunt called his fellow artists and asked them to watch closely and criticizing the painting in purpose to find the mistake or something secret in it.

The fellow artists keep observing the painting carefully, but no one able to reveal the mistake in that painting. Other way, they mostly struck with amazement and admiration of beautiful painting. Hunt is not happy and he asked other fellows to observe more detail as professional artist. Finally, there is a young artist who gave comment and said, “Mr. Hunt, I saw no basic mistake in this painting. You just forget to paint the door’s handle or the key in the door.” Hunt is happy that the young artist has found the secret of mistake. Hunt then said, “Young fellow, if Jesus knocking your house door, the door only be able to opened from inside.”

The Light of the World by William Holman Hunt

The Light of the World by William Holman Hunt

The Light of the World

William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) is the Victorian-era English artist who best known for his 1853 paintings. One of famous painting is “The Light of the World” was painted in 1853-54 which measure 125 x 60 cm. The painting has secret that if we observe carefully then we realize that the door did not have handle or doorknob. Hunt did it intentionally because he would like to telling us that when Jesus knocking your heart’s door, it is only you who are able to open from within and let Jesus come into your heart.

It remind us the Sunday school song, “Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock” and the Bible. Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if you hear my voice and open, I will come, and we will sit side by side, and share a meal together. ” In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says, “Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.”

When I make a little internet research, here some important perspectives from several resource. I hope you found a glance of faith and rejoice to discuss or reflection.


Jesus face is sad

Why You Do Not Open the Door when Jesus is knocking? When Jesus knocks the door, His face is look so sad and sorrow. He also still wear the thorn crown. Why Jesus sad? Maybe He already was waiting too long there. But He keeps on patient and doing His duty to knocking our heart.

Now we can ask our self, “Is I already open my heart for Him?” The answer is blowing in our heart.

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Jesus bring a Lamp

When Jesus knocks our heart, He is carrying a lamp and the night is very dark. The lamp is for the hunt’s owner to light his life. In that painting, the lamp shine around Jesus feet, it means that Jesus light will shine the path of our life.

Do we walk in the light of His words?

He is the light of our life.


Door is climbed by weeds

The door is our heart and weeds like brambles have climbed it. It’s the symbolic that our heart has been coiled by “wild” weed.

Jesus is able to remove the weeds from our door’s heart, but the decision to let Him entering our heart is still depending on us. He is waiting there and hoping we will open the door. It is means that we allow Him to staying inside our heart.

I hope you are blessed by reading this simple sharing of faith. Let we open our heart’s door and let the Light of the World shining in our house of life.

Inspiration Story and Poem

Here some inspirational stories and photo to enrich our heart and life. Please, share it with your friends, family, and people who need this story. Thank you a lot.


gabgirl12 on June 28, 2012:

Last I looked, Jesus never questions 'why' anyone will or will not open the door to him.

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