Would We Recognize Jesus Today?

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If Jesus walked among us today, would we recognize who he truly was? If we heard him street preaching or had a long theological discussion with him in Starbuck’s, would we believe in him as the only son of God?

I don’t think so. Look at John 7:3-5

So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For not even his brothers believed in him.

This is astounding. Jesus’ own brothers refused to believe in him. They saw him with their own eyes, heard his words, and watched his life. Yet in spite of all this they wouldn’t believe. They walked in complete spiritual darkness, unable to recognize the Son of God when he stood directly in front of them.

I’m no different than Jesus’ skeptical brothers. I once lived in spiritual darkness. I didn’t love Jesus, and I couldn’t see him. And the frightening truth is, apart from divine intervention I was doomed to a life of spiritual darkness. I was destined for a hopeless, joyless, hell-bound life.

But God saw me. Those are sweet words. God came to me and peeled the scales away from my eyes. John 6:37 says:

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

Why did I come to Jesus? Because the Father chose me and gave me to Jesus. The Father looked upon me with love and compassion, took me by the hand, and gave me to his son. And then I came.

Do you remember when Jesus opened your eyes? What circumstances did God use to draw you to himself?

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  • http://compassiondave.wordpress.com/ Compassion dave

    For the believer, Jesus will be quite easy to recognize–He will be the one waiting for us in the clouds.

  • Stephen Altrogge

    Dave –

    And what a glorious sight that will be!

  • http://beeveestudios.wordpress.com Brittany Vaughn

    I really love this post and it makes me think of one of my favorite verses. “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2

    That just puts into words what I’ve always struggled with, loving and not judging those I do not personally know. I pray that when Jesus comes my way, in whatever form, that I will recognize him and put my faith and hope in him.

    -Bee-

  • http://www.dmalagari.wordpress.com Denise M.

    What an awesome and timely reminder.
    God used a whole variety of circumstances to break my hardened heart.