Amplified Bible (AMP)
10 He (Christ) was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. 11 He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him.
When Jesus came to earth as a man, the Jewish nation as a whole did not receive Him. Today, Jesus, calls us to "Open wide your gates, and let Me come in." We have the opportunity to open the gated access of our hearts, and receive the King of the Universe, the One Who made all things, wants to come in.
Today, while worshiping Jesus, as we sang "Open wide your gates. Receive Him," I experienced a beautiful mental picture.
There was a city enclosed by high walls and the entrance was gated. In the distance, I saw Jesus riding toward the gate on a huge, white horse. He was dressed in a simple white robe, with a large, golden, jeweled crown.
I was in the city and ran to the gate to open it. I was dressed in a similar white robe, but mine was soiled and torn. I fell to my knees with my head bowed as Jesus rode through the gate.
Jesus slid off his horse and approached me with outstretched hand. As I placed my hand in His, my robe became clean and whole. Jesus pulled me to my feet, and we began dancing. As we danced, my white robe became a flowing, satin, purple gown trimmed at the sleeves with sparkling gold. On my head, appeared a gold crown similar to the one on Jesus' head.
I'm so grateful for all that Jesus has done for me. He wants to do the same for you. You can be made clean and whole. You can shine with His magnificent glory and dance a dance of freedom with the King of Kings! Open your gate now, let the King of Glory come in! He wants to dance with you too!!!