Sunday, June 20, 2010

Recognizing Christ

[Mary] "turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus ... Thinking he was the gardener ..." - John 20:14, 15b
Jesus is not always recognizable1; we see gardeners, plumbers, doctors, our parents, our children but not Jesus.

C.S.Lewis put is this way:
You may say `I've never had the sense of being helped by an invisible Christ, but I often have been helped by other human beings.' That is rather like the woman in the first war who said that if there were a bread shortage it would not bother her house because they always ate toast. If there is no bread there will be no toast. If there were no help from Christ, there would be no help from other human beings... At first it is natural for a baby to take its mother's milk without knowing its mother. It is equally natural for us to see the man who helps us without seeing Christ behind him. But we must not remain babies. We must go on to recognise the real Giver. It is madness not to.
- C.S. Lewis2
Today, with God's help I shall recognize Christ through the gracious deeds of others.


1 - Related Post: God Opens Eyes
2 - C.S.Lewis Mere Christianity Chapter 29

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