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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Would I Recognize Jesus?

Was Jesus just a good moral teacher, or is he really the Son of God?  Over 2000 years after his death, there is still debate about the true identity of Jesus.

Even in his own time, there was little consensus.

Surely, his own family recognized his true divinity, right?

Not exactly. Jesus’ family even questioned his sanity.

When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” – Mark 3: 21

But surely, the religious leaders recognized his spiritual authority, right?

Hardly. Rather than concluding he was crazy, they declared he was downright evil.

And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” – Mark 3:22

No, it wasn’t the religious elite that recognized Jesus as the Son of God.  Instead, it was the unexpected – the uneducated, the fisherman, and even the prostitutes.  An unlikely group of followers.

I like to think of myself as educated. Even enlightened! Yet I wonder if I would have recognized Jesus 2000 years ago. If Jesus had asked me– as he asked Peter – who do you say that I am?  What would I say?

Many days, Jesus is right in my midst, but I still don't recognize him.   There are too many distractions blinding me.  Work. Home. Errands. Relationships. Duties.  In the midst of it all, I even worry that I've lost my spiritual sight. 

But today, on Maundy Thursday, I'm going to try hard to see him.  I'm going to look.  I'm going to listen.  I'm going to think about the bread and the wine and ask God to open my eyes.

I want my heart to burn. 


When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began  to give it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.  They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us....?"  Luke 24: 30-32


jancoxabetterway said...

I know what you mean. As we "do" things are we really in touch with Him. I love breath prayers - as I do something I just ask Him to be there. When I hear about a trouble I try hard to give it to Him immediately - rather than pray for a list. I know the Holy Spirit will keep me informed of whom I am to pray for. Does this make sense. Have a wonderful spirit-filled day. Jan

Heidiopia said...

Have a blessed Maundy Thursday, Susan ~ I hope your heart burned today. Happy Easter, my friend!

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

One of my favorite verses ever -- "Didn't our hearts burn within us?"

Blessings on your Resurrection Day, Susan.

stephanie said...

Of course I call him Lord right now, but I wonder what I would have thought then? Thank you! Wonderful post!

David Rupert said...

We all have images of Jesus -- and yet he would surprise us if He actually showed up.

Marcus Goodyear said...

I'm good at seeing wonder and God in everything. I have trouble experiencing a personal relationship though. That's what I always enjoy about Lent. We get to be open about the fact that Jesus and God sometimes feel very distant. That feeling is a natural one, not something that should cause fear or despair, because feelings are fleeting and Easter eventually arrives.

PrincessMommyPants said...

I..oh wow. What a powerful post. I feel the burn as well and I'm glad I stopped by to read this, I needed the encouragement of this one and your second chance post. Thank you