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"Does Jesus Christ live here?"

October 15, 2014

     “When Jesus comes in, the shadows depart.”

 

     When Jesus enters a home filled with strife and bitterness, He brings hope.  When Jesus enters a home where there is hatred and pain, He brings hope.  The home filled with anguish and misery is changed into a home with hope & happiness by the presence of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

     Mark 2:1–2 tells a story of Jesus entering a house and causing lots of excitement; “when Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that He was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door” (NLT).

 

     This reminds me of an old story about an old man and woman who lived in a little cottage in a village by the sea. 

 

     When the man came home at the end of a day, his wife said to him, “The new minister came here today, and he asked a question I couldn't answer.”

 

     “What did he ask?”

 

     “He asked,” she said, “Does Jesus Christ live here?”

 

     “And what did you say?” the husband demanded.

 

     “I didn't know what to say,” she answered.

 

     “Well, couldn't you tell him that we are respectable people?” he asked.

 

     “But he didn't ask me that.”

 

     “Well, why didn't you tell him we go to church when we feel like it?” he questioned.

 

     “But he didn't ask me that either,” was her reply.

 

     “Then you could have told him that we read the Bible–sometimes,” he added.

 

     “But he didn't ask me that.  What he asked me, was ‘does Jesus Christ live here?’”

 

     Revelation 3:20 tells us Jesus says “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends”  (NLT).

 

     If you were asked “Does Jesus Christ live in your home?” how would you answer?

 

Gary Bailey

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