Open Door of Heaven

 Have you ever driven by a beautiful home and wished you could look inside? I love those magazines, like Southern Living, that show the insides of homes and how they are designed and decorated. And at  Christmastime, I love to drive around looking at the bright lights and  wondering how they have their homes decorated inside for the holidays.

John the Baptist saw through the open doors of heaven and he saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and lighting upon Jesus. Then they heard the voice from heaven, saying “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

 Jacob in the Old Testament dreamed of a ladder reaching to heaven and angels going up and coming down. Isn’t it interesting that he saw them going up first? I like to think they were going up to the throne of God to get the blessings to bring them down to us.

 Stephen, as he was being stoned, looked into heaven and he saw the Lord Jesus Christ standing at the right hand of the Father. In Ephesians, it says that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, so  what caused Him to rise from His seat and stand? The martyr’s death of His  beloved disciple, Stephen. Jesus stood to welcome Stephen personally through the doors of heaven.

 Doors and windows are for two purposes, both out and in. So while the Lord has the doors of heaven open, pouring out blessings on us, I would like to look in. (I’m not quite ready to ‘go in,’ if you know what I mean!)

Looking through the open doors of heaven, through the Word of God, I get a glimpse of the grandeur to come.

 “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” Revelation 3:8NIV

Some day born-again believers will each pass through the doors of heaven to be received into the eternal presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gates of pearl, streets of gold, mansions designed and decorate beyond the imagination. No Christmas light display will compare to the beauty of Jesus, the Light of heaven. Every day will be a holiday, a holy day.

Nothing can compare to the glory of eternity with Jesus.

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Quarantined

Our family was quarantined with scarlet fever when I was about 10. Someone from the health department posted a notice on our front door saying no one was to enter or exit the house for two weeks.

The corner grocery left sacks of groceries on our porch.  The school teachers came by to check on us and talked to Mama through the door.

Mama babysat a 2-year-old neighbor girl, so she was quarantined with us. I remember her mama talking to her through the window, but I don’t remember Diana being particularly upset. She called my mama “Mama Hightower” and spent almost as much time at our house as she did at her own.

After a couple of days, when we started feeling a little better, our experience was more like playing hooky from school. We did same thing we usually did—playing school and Sunday school. I was the teacher as we studied reading, writing, and arithmetic. We memorized Bible verses and read Bible stories.

It was fun for us kids but I can’t imagine what our poor mother went through, with four sick kids, and only herself to take care of them.

Lepers were quarantined in Bible days. They were required by Levitical law to call out as they walked, “Unclean, Unclean!” so that people would know they were about to come in contact with a person with a highly contagious disease.

Luke tells the story of Jesus and the ten lepers in Luke 17:12-14 kjv. “And as he [Jesus] entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

It was unheard of for a quarantined leper to show up in the temple, to get near a priest, but if Jesus told them to, they believed they must obey, and as they did, they were healed.

As you believe and obey, your healing will come.

 

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