Do you want to see the face of Jesus?
I’m not talking about seeing it in peeling paint on a warehouse door or an oil slick or a mosaic made of toast. I’m talking about seeing him singing, laughing, serving coffee and praying for people.
If you want to see the face of Jesus, come to my church. Come and see Don and Lisa caring for Don’s aging mother and mentally challenged brother. You think that’s just Heather taking her Friday afternoons to paint pictures with my 93 year-old Dad, to keep him company? Look closer. And speaking of Dad, for the last 15 years he’s been hand-painting birthday cards to bless people – look past the bolo tie and Panama hat, get past the WW2 story you’ve heard 16 times – you might have to squint a little, but you’ll see Jesus.
Who’s that gathering eyeglasses to take to Africa? Just Mike? He bears a striking resemblance to Jesus. And there’s Jesus at the sound board. You thought it was only Ron? You were partially right – it is Ron. But it’s Jesus too. And there’s Jesus welcoming that new family. And Jesus leading the 3-year olds in “Wiggle Worship.”
You can head across town to Grace Methodist or CMA or Lord Jesus Christ Assembly or Word of Grace and see Jesus there. He’s all over town! If you want to see Jesus, go to a church. Look at his people living together whether in Indiana, PA or Nigeria or Switzerland.
God is not just saving individuals and preparing them for heaven; rather, he is creating a people among whom he can live and who in their life together will reproduce God’s life and character. — Gordon Fee
God is creating a people to display his character in and through.
Join a church if you haven’t yet. Be a brush stroke in the portrait of Jesus God is painting in your corner of the world. You can’t see this portrait on TV. You have to get with Christians living together.
“To be saved” in the Pauline view means to become part of the people of God, who by the Spirit are born into God’s family and therefore joined to one another as one body, whose gatherings in the Spirit form them into God’s temple. God is not simply saving diverse individuals and preparing them for heaven; rather he is creating a people for his name, among whom God can dwell and who in their life together will reproduce God’s life and character in all its unity and diversity. — Fee
Get involved in God’s living temple, the church. Live out your life together with other imperfect people like yourself. Join your voice to Rodney and Gingie’s and Rick and Kathy’s and Jeff’s in lifting up God’s praises. Close your eyes and listen. You might just hear Jesus singing.
(Quotations from Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God by Gordon D. Fee)
Photo: Jesus Toast Art Illusion by visual funhouse.