This morning I an thinking of the Gospel of John. John was an eye witness to Jesus teaching and healing. At Christmas I wanted to see a photo album of Jesus life, to get to know him and make his life more real to me. Of course cameras did not exist, and perhaps he was on the move too much to have anyone paint his portrait. I would like to have seen the people Jesus healed- The before and after photos. Before Jesus someone was lame, a leper, crippled, even Lazareth was dead, and Jesus took away their affiction and made them whole. If such before and after pictures were around, perhaps there would be many more believers in the present. In the book of John he closes the book by saying that if everything Jesus did and that he saw was written down there would be volumes on the life of Jesus.
"Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."
We have just a few books in our bible on the life of Jesus; we are left with our imaginations to see the total picture that the words are describing. I am thankful that my pastor, David Anderson can make God's word come alive and help me see a clearer picture of Jesus. Every pastor is different, they can take the same passage in the bible and each of their sermons will be unique, but the one constant is the text they read from the bible.
Perhaps you have read the Gospel of John many times. Maybe you can even recite scripture. But do we really know Jesus? Even John the Baptist who was predestined to tell about Jesus before his birth, did not recognize Jesus at first. The heavens opened up at Jesus baptism and came down as a dove and that is how he knew he was Jesus.
When Jesus comes again will we recognize him?
That would be extraordinary!
Grace and mercy to you from God our father.