TODAY’S READING: 2 CHRONICLES 29-31
“In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them.” – 2 Chronicles 29:3
Opening the doors of the house of the Lord was one of the first acts of Hezekiah as king. And, it’s also one of the first acts of Jesus as king.
Notice that Hezekiah opened the doors of the house of the Lord in the first month of the first year of his reign. When he opened the doors of the house of the Lord, Hezekiah provided access to God that had been cut off.
In John 10:9, Jesus said, “I am the door.” And, in John 14:6, Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” As the door, Jesus is the access, the way, to the Father.
What opened this door, this way, to the Father?
Hebrews 10:19-20 says, “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh.”
The door is opened by the blood of Jesus. By his death on the cross, the shedding of his blood, Jesus revealed the Father’s love for us. And, it’s God’s kindness, his love, that lead us to repent and draw near to him.
Jesus died on the cross in the first month of the year. And, his crucifixion was in the first year of his reign. It was because of his obedience to death on the cross that Jesus was exalted by God (Philippians 2:8-9). It was after his death on the cross that Jesus ascended to heaven to take his seat on the throne. That’s when the reign of Jesus as king began.
So, just like Hezekiah, Jesus opened the door, the way, to the Father in the first month of the first year of his reign.
2 Chronicles 29:3 also says Hezekiah repaired the doors. In the Hebrew, the word for repaired literally means to be strong or firm. Other translations say that Hezekiah strengthened the doors.
Jesus did that too.
In Revelation 3:8, Jesus said, “Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.” Jesus opened the door by his blood. Jesus opened the way to the Father. And, no one can shut the door or close the way. Here we see the strength of Jesus on display. Nothing, no one, can shut the door that he has opened. His power keeps it permanently open.
One small, seemingly innocuous act of Hezekiah, the opening of the doors of the house of the Lord, recorded so that we can see Jesus as the one who permanently opened the door to the Father.