April 16, 2014
It occurred to me that can recognize people, places, and things due to my memory of them. A friend called this “familiarity” while teaching his church about Jesus from the Gospel of Mark in Chapter 6:1-6. He showed them that Jesus is Sovereign LORD over Disastrous Storms, LORD over Demons, LORD over Disease, and even LORD over Death.
So it was beginning to look like Jesus was on a roll right up until the moment when He and His Disciples walked up into His hometown. Here, the folks were initially astonished with His wise words and mighty works. But the moment came when they remembered Him as the carpenter son of Mary. Almost instantly, their current experience with Jesus gave way to their historical familiarity with Him, this was quickly replaced with an umbrage of the heart toward Him. It took hold and trumped their ability to believe in this version of Him standing right in front of them, as compared to the stories coming to mind of Him dating back to His early years. So, do you think they preferred the old, storybook version of Him better than the present day, real version looking them right in the face?
Anyway, next, Jesus marveled at their unbelief, but it did not stop Him from completing His walk to the Cross since He had already set His heart on that plan before He even left His real hometown He called Heaven. Since their disapproval of Him was not enough to stop Him from being true to Himself, also, their approval rating of His earthly performance was not one of the requirements needed to satisfy His Father’s love for Him. So, true to Jesus, before leaving to teach among the villages, He still took the time to lay His hands on a few sick people and healed them. I am sure they were glad that day that He came their way and did not let marveling at the unbelief of His old hometown neighbors stop Him from still having compassion on a few sick folks.
So, but what about me?
Has familiarity I have from living around places, people, and things I recognize everyday, deceive me into thinking they can give me the right idea about GOD, when they actually can give me the totally wrong idea about Him?
Do I look too hard at how other folks, even fellow saints react to my presence?
My Master who called me from birth has commanded me to Tremble at His Word. This should leave no room in my heart for the performance based pride of trembling at the words of any part of creation, first of all, my own. So thank You for Your grace toward me LORD Jesus. When Your Spirit reveals Yourself to me, He also grants me the repentance vital to experience the reality of Your Peace filled and constant presence. This is where the only true freedom is found from the bondage of trying to measure up to the out of reach and Supremely High Standard of Your Word. It is as High as the One Who spoke it.
So today, I am thinking about the city of Jerusalem. I have some friends who may be walking its Streets this week. If they brushed by the Real Jesus as they were walking in the crowd, would they even recognize Him?
And how would I recognize Jesus if He passed me by today on the path I take? If He knocked on my door, how would I even know it was Him and not some stranger?
Just like my friends, on my own, I would not recognize the Physical Jesus, since I have never seem Him face to face.
Just like the grace from God it took to introduce me to His saving love in our first meeting, it all depends on God Who has the ability, the plan, and the will to reveal Himself to me by His Spirit in His Son Jesus Christ Who is LORD, Redeemer, and Savior Forever and ever, Amen… All at the proper time…