Would You Recognize Jesus?
Last Saturday I went to our local Fish Fest concert event. The headline act, and the reason I went, was Third Day. They are my favorite Christian band. I had intended to write something about one of the songs they sang or about the concert generally for my Music Monday post today. But something happened at the concert that changed that.
When it was time for Third Day to start, their lead singer Mac Powell came out and said that first a new artist that they were promoting, and whose first album Mac helped produced, was going to play a few songs for us. His name was Trevor Morgan. He played two songs before Third Day came out and they were great. I decided I wanted to get a copy of his CD before I left the concert.
As a side note, I want to say that this is one of the things I love about Third Day. They are always promoting new Christian artists and helping them get a start. All the fame has not gone to their heads and they don’t mind sharing the stage with someone new.
Later in the show, Trevor came out again and with Third Day as his back-up band he sang a song called “Jesus Rides the Subway.” I had videotaped a few songs during the concert, including one of Trevor’s solo songs at the beginning, but I really wish I has known this one was coming because I would have taped it. Thankfully someone had taped this song at an earlier show and posted it on YouTube.
The third verse of this song really hit me.
Jesus went to church on Sunday
He sat in back and sang the hymns
Jesus went to church on Sunday
But they didn’t recognize Him
I thought to myself, if Jesus came to my church would I recognize Him? Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of His brothers and sisters, we do for Him. (Matthew 25:40). The downtrodden, the poor, the hungry, the poorly dressed, the homeless – all of these are Jesus Himself. The humble, the contrite, the ones who encourage others and seek His will, those who feed and clothe the hungry and the naked, those who in their weakness rely on God – these represent Jesus in our midst.
But often we are so busy looking for perfection in church that we don’t recognize Jesus when He is right in front of us. A critical spirit prevents us from seeing His grace and mercy.
So yesterday before church I prayed that He would guard against a critical spirit that I might recognize Him if He was there. I was blessed to see Him. I saw Him in the service of the women setting up for an after-church social event. I saw Him in the eyes of a friend when I asked how her son who has cancer was doing. I saw Him in the beautiful musical offerings. I saw Him in the wonderful sermon we heard. I saw Him in the heartfelt prayers offered for our congregation and God’s church. I saw Him in the kids playing on the grass after church.
Sadly, not everyone recognized Him. Would you?
Linda, I love this! Though I guess the thing about Jesus is that you never have to look too far….
Char, That is true! We can see Him all around us if we just open our eyes and our hearts to see. 🙂 Peace, Linda
I know how much you love going today, and I was actually thinking about you being at the concert, because you kinda counted it down on FaceBook. It is awesome when God places something on your heart, as He did at the concert. Thanks a ton for your writing about this, we all need to serve Jesus through loving others, the downtrodden and needy. I am so glad you had a chance to go see your band again. God Bless-Jim
Jim, Part of me thinks I might be too old for rock concerts, when it’s my favorite Christian band I just listen to the other part that says you’re never too old. And I am always blessed in one way or another when I go to concerts, so I think I’ll keep going as long as the Lord is willing and the bands keep praising Jesus. 🙂 Peace, Linda
Linda . . .thank you so much! I love how you, too, support our Christian artists and so appreciate getting introduced to Trevor here. 🙂
Seeing Jesus and recognizing Him is life changing. I should see Him everyday and be changed. The change I most experience is one of humility. A big dose of humility. 🙂
God bless you, Linda, and all you see of Him today!
p.s. I have to wait to play the song, so will be back! 🙂
Deb, The Lord has really been working on my heart to see Him in the faces of those in need. The scripture from Matthew 25 has come before me in various ways over and over in the past few months. I pray that others would see His love in me. Peace, Linda
Thank you, Linda
Glad you had a chance to see Third Day. You’ve so connected me with them I’m looking forward to a live performance 🙂
Don’t you just love it when He interrupts our plans? Glad you had this experience so you could share this with us. Praying we will not miss any of the opportunities to see Him in others.
Ann, I’ve been listening to my new Trevor Morgan CD in the car, and I am so blessed to have found more Spirit filled music I just love. The whole event was terrific – especially getting to take along a friend who was available at the last minute. 🙂 But more on that later. Peace, Linda