The Handle's on the Other Side
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The Handle's on the Other Side

Submitted by: Debra 17 September 1998

I remember this painting of Jesus in a garden, and He's knocking on what looks to be a big oak door. Holman Hunt painted it and when he was ready to unveil it, he called his friends and family together. It was quiet as each person stood there. Then, people began to comment on what impressed them. But one friend said hesitantly, "Uh, Holman, it's a beautiful painting. But, well, didn't you forget something?" "What did I forget?" The friend said, "The handle. There's no handle on the door." To which the artist simply replied, "Oh! No, I didn't forget the handle. When Jesus knocks on the door of your heart, the handle's on the INSIDE."

This painting was based on Jesus' own words in Revelation 3:20. It was a statement made originally to believers who had left Jesus out. "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in."


The above story might be a familiar one to some. I know it is a familiar story to me, but it never hurts to be reminded.  This story is a true story and really touches my heart every time I see it.  Have you reached out lately to take hold of that handle?  The Lord presents Himself to you in many ways.  Are you listening?

In His Love,


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