Jesus, Are You There?

April 21, 2022

Who are you? What have you done with My Lord?

John 20:15

Written by Patty Taylor from the Brentwood Campus

Losing Sight and Missing Out

You have probably heard the saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” Sometimes we get so ensconced in our surroundings, or our work and social life, that we simply lose sight of the importance of the people or simple life around us. I’ve always been a people watcher, and I especially like to watch children react to one another or to their parents.

Several years ago, I lived in a neighborhood full of families. A three year old across the street was walking along, twirling, and dancing, shouting, “Daddy, look! Daddy, look!” but he didn’t seem interested. I wanted to be the interfering neighbor and yell, “Look at your child!”

Not Recognizing the Risen Lord

When Jesus was crucified, His followers were very distraught. J. Rodney Taylor, in The Signs of The Christ, writes, “Their fear was at a fever pitch because they felt like prey being hunted down to meet the same fate as their Master.” Mary especially loved Jesus and was crushed when He was crucified. She was still stuck in mourning, knowing He did not deserve the cruel punishment He had received.

When the friends approached the tomb, it was empty. When Jesus said to her, “Mary,” she turned around. But she still did not know it was Jesus. Even though Mary had spent many days with Jesus, and even had Him in her home and fed Him at her table, she did not recognize Him now. We, too, often don’t recognize Him in our midst. We’re tempted to call out, “Jesus, are You there?”

He Sees and Knows

Isn’t it interesting how Jesus precedes us and knows how to help us? He is there with us, even when we might not see Him or feel Him. We may not be aware of His presence, but He knows what we need and how to meet those needs. He knows when we need an extra portion of patience and is aware of our desires.

He has Christian leaders, church members and friends, ministers, carpenters, home builders, and medical personnel who are available to love on us, carrying out tasks in His name and spreading true Christian love. Because of the body of Christ around us, we don’t have to wonder if Jesus is really there with us; we can know and see His love at work.

Now what?

Consider what it means to be connected to Jesus. Do you “listen” for Him to comfort you? Are you “the helper” He uses to comfort your fellow believers? When you pray for a miracle, do you really expect a miracle? Can you encourage others to look for the comfort of Jesus? Be the reason someone doesn’t have to call out, “Jesus, are You there?”

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