“As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them.” Luke 24:28-29
They urged him strongly, “Stay with us.”
They begged him… (CEV)
They urged and insisted… (AMPC)
They pressed him… (MSG)
They constrained him… (KJV)
It is a very strong word that, “they constrained him”. They not only invited him, but they held him, they grasped his hand, they tugged at his skirts, they said he should not go. (Spurgeon)
Jesus never barges in when He’s not welcome.
He will not beat down the door and force His presence on us.
When we lock Him out, still He stands, waiting.
Jesus always comes in when He’s invited.
He will patiently knock and knock and knock at the door.
When we open it, He enters in, rejoicing.
Oh Lord, please come in and stay with us.