Today’s Reading: Acts 13:30-31 NIV
30 [Paul said,] “But God raised Him from the dead, 31 and for many days He was seen by those who had traveled with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now His witnesses to our people.”
Did you happen to catch a part of last night’s Academy Awards on television? Hollywood’s elite were all there dressed to the nines, caught up in a frenzy photo shoot while taking their time-honored walk upon the red carpet. The Academy nominated some very interesting movies for this year’s Oscars. Which film most impressed you?
Being seen is an important facet of our culture. We want our co-workers, friends and family to see us at our very best, especially when it comes to holiday parties, reunions and awards ceremonies. We clean up, dress up, and make ourselves up so that we will leave a lasting impression with the ones who see us. There is absolutely nothing wrong with making the effort to look our best. We often allow our own vane self image to corrode the broken and bleeding heart we tuck away, sight unseen, from the inquisitive eyes of the world. Are we really real with each other? Is it possible to be seen for who we truly are and still be loved?
Jesus kept His Word. He said He is the Messiah, and fulfilled every prophetic Scripture written. His death and resurrection were living proof that He is the Son of God, our everlasting Savior, Redeemer and friend. His precious blood is the only covering for sin. He loves us not for how we look, but for whose we are. It is critical that He be seen, especially by the ones who had followed His ministry from Judea into Galilee, and throughout the streets of Jerusalem. Ironically, the disciples who loved Jesus the most did not immediately recognize Him. It was only when Jesus broke the bread, or spoke a Word, that His true identity was revealed. Why did His disciples first struggle to recognize the Lord? Would you recognize Jesus Christ if He approached on the street corner, or sat at the table next to you in the coffee shop?
The Father who created you, who loves you, sees your heart. He knows you from the inside out. The Father sent His Son and the Son sent His Spirit to love you. He does not see your imperfections; He believes in your possibilities! God recognizes you with or without makeup. You do not need a fancy wardrobe or a red carpet accolade to win His personal favor. Grace was poured out at Calvary and the victory over sin and death conquered forever the moment Jesus arose from the grave. And no broken arrow from Satan can change what The Father has already done. He calls you and me to come and see Him for who He truly is. Won’t you give your heart to the Lord? He is the only One who can take the one thing that has been bruised, broken and shattered, and create something beautiful and brand new in you. Open your heart to the perfect love of Jesus Christ. Ask Him to be your Lord and Savior today.
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO
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