Are We Recognizing Jesus When We See Him?

Are We Recognizing Jesus When We See Him? Or, are we missing Him in our lives? Let us become more aware of His presence.
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Recognizing Jesus.

Scripture tells us that, on Easter morning, three women, went to Jesus’ tomb, to anoint his body with fragrant spices.

The Gospel of John notes that on this morning, Mary Magdalene went to Jesus’ tomb but when she arrived, she saw that the tomb was empty.

Heartbroken and confused, she stood outside the tomb weeping.

When the angels asked her why she was crying. she answered, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there and did not know that it was Jesus.

She did not KNOW that it was Jesus.

Indeed, she didn’t recognize Him!



Are We Recognizing Jesus When We See Him?

The Road to Emmaus

The Gospel of Luke narrates the story of two men who were walking on the road to Emmaus.

As they walked they were discussing the events that had taken place.

Luke 24: 15-16 tells us, “While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them.

But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.


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The Miraculous Catch of Fish

John 21: 1-4, tells us of another occurrence when Jesus was seen but not recognized.

“Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.

It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.

They went out to fish but caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.


The disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

They didn’t recognize Him!



Thoughts to Ponder – Do We Recognize Jesus When We See Him?

Why did Mary, the men on the road to Emmaus, and the disciples not recognize Jesus?

His disciples walked with Him for three years. Mary also had been with him much of that time.

They knew Him well, yet they did not recognize Him.

There are differing theories as to why they did not recognize Him.

The most popular theory is that He was no longer an earthly being but was now a spirit being whose appearance had changed.

We are not completely certain.

But, we do know that they didn’t recognize Jesus.


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How Often Have We Missed Him?

Do we sometimes miss Jesus too?

As Christians, we should see Christ in the face of everyone; everyone from a king to a homeless man.

How many times have we been in His presence and not recognized Him?

My prayer is that we will become more aware of His presence in our lives and the lives of those around us.


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In Closing

The words to a popular Christian song seem appropriate here: Holy Spirit by Kari Jobe.

There’s nothing worth more that could ever come close
No thing can compare, You’re our living hope
Your presence, Lord

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord

There’s nothing worth more that will ever come close

No thing can compare, You’re our living hope
Your presence, Lord

I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone
In your presence, Lord

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord

Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness

And, let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness

Let us become more aware of Your presence
Yes. Let us experience the glory of Your goodness

Lord, your goodness, Lord

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Katie Torwalt / Bryan Wilson

Holy Spirit lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group


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