“Come in, my Lord! Come in!”

And when He was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” And the multitude said, “This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee”. – Matthew 21:10-11

On that day, when Christ came up from Bethany, the city gates were wide open. We read nothing about them, because they were not in the way; they were no shut gates to Him. He rode into Jerusalem without let or hindrance. Are your gates wide open? If not, I would say, “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of glory shall come in.” He is willing to abide in your hearts and go no more out for ever; be sure that your gates are set wide before Him. May the Holy Ghost open your hearts! Do not tolerate the thought of shutting out your Lord. Never! Throw wide the portals of your soul. Yea, go forth by willing obedience and say, “Come in, my Lord! Come in!” He was cheerfully received as King. Our Lord did not come to subdue the citizens at the point of the sword. He did not come with force of arms to coerce the city. You must receive Jesus willingly, or not at all. He comes to reign; but He comes in the gentleness of love. He rides on no high-mettled charger, He lays His hand on no sharp sword which clatters at His side; about Him are no men-at-arms, behind Him come no heavy guns dragged along the trembling streets. Jesus was willingly received: everyone exultingly welcomed Him. Will you so receive Jesus? Has He made you willing in the day of His power? You may well salute Him and welcome Him to your heart and your home; for you have never before received so blessed a guest. Set open wide the gates and entreat Him to come in; for He will bring heaven with Him. He never uses force; He conquers only by love. The Holy Spirit works upon the will of man; but He leaves it still a will, so that we freely choose our Lord, and delight in Him as our King. It should not be needful that I should plead for His admission. Surely you should run down the hill to meet Him, and then come back, following after Him with glad Hosannas. Lord Jesus, we cannot be cold in Thy presence. Our souls burn as with coals of juniper when we remember Thee. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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