Have you heard the little story of Mendelssohn, the musician?
Once he wandered into a cathedral in Germany. The organist, an old man, was practicing on the great organ. Going quietly to the organ loft, Mendelssohn knocked on the small door of the organ loft and asked if he might come in and try the keys. The old man refused, fearing the stranger might not know how to manage the priceless instrument and might injure it.
The great master insisted, urging that if the organist would only let him in and let him try, he would prove that he would not harm the organ. At last, reluctantly, the organist consented. Then began such music as the old man had never heard! He was enraptured and entranced! He sat spellbound with his eyes streaming with tears. After a while the great musician rose to go. "Who are you? Who are you?" cried the old man. "Mendelssohn," he replied simply, passing down the silent aisle he left the building.
"But, oh," said the old organist as he told the story, "to think that I had almost refused to let Mendelssohn, the master, come in!” Have not many of us refused to let the Great Master have our lives?
Your heart has a door also, a door which has many callers. One Person is knocking at the door of your heart now, a Person who can give you a new life if you will bid Him welcome. It is the Lord Jesus Christ, The Great Master who created you and love you!
As you are reading this, do you not feel that the Lord is speaking to you and saying in a soft, gentle voice: “Behold I stand at the door (your hearts door) and knock?” He came to this earth, born as a babe in Bethlehem’s manager, to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). Sin is like an incurable disease – a disease no mere man can cure. But Christ, the Son of God, can and will if we but open our heart’s door to Him.
Let us not forget that what enables the Lord to say to you, and to anyone who will but come to Him in true repentance and faith, “Thy sins are forgiven” (Luke 7:48), is the fact that He took our place in judgment and death as He hung upon the Cross of Calvary. There the debt was paid which we never could pay! His death was not that of a mere martyr. We read: “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree” (I Peter 2:24). He and He alone, being risen from the dead, has authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:10).
My dear Reader, are your sins forgiven – forgiven eternally? To depart out of this world with your sins upon you is tragic beyond expression. And to think that does not need to be, and will not be, except by one’s deliberate choice. A choice to close the door when He, the Lord of glory, sought entrance, not to judge, but to save your souls from eternal ruin. Please open your heart’s door to Him.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).