Would I recognize Jesus if He appeared on earth today? As I look around our church hall today, I cannot help but wonder “who will Jesus appear as today?” When I walk around in my selfish little world, I don’t recognize Jesus anywhere. I see my own problems and worries quite clearly, but I don’t see Jesus. We are all waiting for this great coming of Jesus. The end of the world. Yet we don’t take the time to see Jesus everyday in others.
I got news for everyone – Jesus is here by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is within all of us. We need to let Him out! Trapping Jesus inside of our hearts does us no good. In Matthew 28:20 “And behold, I am with you always until the end of the age.” Jesus says to the disciples. The “end of the age” is used to signify the final coming of Jesus in glory. We don’t know what that will look like. It could signify a major event or maybe it will resemble just an everyday situation that could be overlooked if you live in your own self-centered world. The word usage back in the time of Matthew’s writing indicated “end of the age” meant the coming of a King. Still we don’t know truly what that will resemble. A Great Banquet? A Catastrophic Event? The question of what it will all look like leaves some of us fearful. So fearful that we store up goods and keep watchful (only with fear – not joy). Last night as Megan and I were flipping channels on the television, we came upon a show about people who were preparing for the end of the world. These individuals have quit their jobs, built bunkers, stored up food and ammunition, camouflaged their hideouts and trained for the end of time. They are living their lives in constant fear and with immense distrust in others. What kind of way to live is that? God made this world for us to enjoy, spread the beauty of His Word, and live life under His commandments. He wants us to learn sacrifice, unconditional love and servant hood, and above all faith.
So if we are living within this world with anxiety and fear; we will miss Jesus. I know the times that I let fear overtake my life, when I take my eyes off God and place my eyes on fear; I miss the wonderful sightings of Jesus. So back to my church hall, this morning I witnessed Jesus many times over: in teachers educating my kids, in the parents chatting over coffee and donuts, in the clergy walking around and talking to parishioners, and in the children that were joyful to talk and learn about this great man – Jesus.
How can you find Jesus today?