Has the Local Church Eclipsed Jesus?

A  local church can be seen and heard. Members have interaction with each other and with the leadership. We can relate to that much more easily than we can relate to the invisible. The people, the services, the programs, the activities may eclipse our view of Jesus. He is in the background of our thoughts and “feelings.” What we can see, hear and interact with in our local church is in the foreground. If He, in a human body, came into our local church and spent a few months there, would we recognize Him? Are we more involved with what’s going on at our local church than we are with Him? The most important thing a local church can do is to help us focus on Him. Nevertheless, far too often, we focus on the church and its agenda. In an eclipse, while it’s interesting to watch, once it’s over, the sun is a wonderful sight. Let’s concentrate on shifting our gaze from the local church to the “Son.” We need the mindset of those ancient Greeks mentioned in John 12:20-21, “And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: the same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying Sir, we would see Jesus.” Andrew and Philip did not get in the way. In the succeeding context Jesus reveals much about Himself. If we don’t let anything get in the way of really seeing Jesus in the Scriptures with the eyes of faith, much will be revealed to us. Eliza E. Hewitt, in her hymn, “Sunshine in My Soul,” gives us some good thoughts on seeing Jesus, “There is sunshine in my soul today, more glorious and bright than glows in any earthly sky, for Jesus is my light. O there’s sunshine, blessed sunshine, when the peaceful happy moments roll; when Jesus shows His smiling face, there is sunshine in my soul.” Selah! Let us, like John, be able to say, “We beheld His Glory!” When we gaze upon Him in love and worship, in the Word, we will behold His glory!   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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