Light of the World

One of the most famous paintings in the world is Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World. Many have seen it, but few study it. The full figure of Jesus, with a lantern in His hand, is standing by a door with no latch on the outside, the path to it overgrown by weeds. It is based on Revelation 3:20: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” As Jesus is knocking on the door, the expression on His face leaves you with the uncanny impression that He knows exactly who is inside and longs to have fellowship, if only He would be let in. The lantern symbolizes the conscience; the gently lit face of the Lord radiates a light that is so hard to describe. There is a brilliance that seems to come from within His very being. The conscience is the point of contact; His presence is the indwelling light that reveals what is good and what is evil.

The Lord who made us and knows our struggles comes knocking. He knows the frailties that limit us in the battle and comes to offer a different glimpse, a different strength, and a different path by which to live.

[Critique by Ravi Zacharias]

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