LOOKING FOR JESUS?
And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling
among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the
One and Only, who came from the Father, full of
Grace and truth. John 1:14 (NIV)
Our local newspaper recently reported the finding of a likeness of Jesus face on the surface of a corn tortilla. I confess that I did not join the throng gathered to view this phenomenon. However, I did closely examine a picture of it that appeared in the newspaper and I would suggest that it would take a lot of imagination to identify His or any other image. To me it appeared to be a corn tortilla with several scorched spots but I think that believing it was authentic does say something real about how we do or do not see Jesus when He maybe is right in our midst.
Sometimes it seems like we want a spectacular sign like the ancient Israelites had with their cloud by day and pillar of fire by night and we forget about how He accompanied Cleopas and his companion along the way to Emmaus. They failed to recognize His presence as they were too upset by the events of the previous week and further, they did not expect to see Him. Maybe we like Cleopas and his companion need our eyes opened (Luke 24:31) so we can see Him at work in our lives and the lives of others. Consider how Mary Magdalene was unable to see Him as her eyes were filled with tears (John 20:14). Does our own grief at times obscure His presence?
Why does He often seem so difficult to find and so impossibly far away? Might it be that we become so involved in our trivial daily tasks that they become the only things that we focus on? Maybe we do not sense His presence, as we really do not expect to see Him except in the spectacular and search for Him in corn tortillas rather in everyday life.
One writer reported that the early Christians developed the practice of each evening prayerfully going back over the day, looking for where the Lord’s presence and guidance had been with them. Should we, like them, work to sensitize ourselves to recognize signs of his presence in the ordinary events of our life?