LIFELINES

Is that you, Jesus?

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 12/22/17

Has Jesus come to your house? Has He stepped into your path as you went about your daily duties? Would you recognize Him if he became part of the host around you?

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LIFELINES

Is that you, Jesus?

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Has Jesus come to your house? Has He stepped into your path as you went about your daily duties? Would you recognize Him if he became part of the host around you?

Most of the people in Jerusalem and Bethlehem didn't recognize that the Messiah had come. Although they had been told and the Scripture foretold His coming, He was not recognized when He came as a babe in the stable, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. Only a few knew when the great event happened.

A proof of Jesus' being the promised Messiah was “the poor have the gospel preached to them." And he spoke of his regard for the poor in Matthew 25:35-40 (KJV), relating to Himself: “I was hungered … I was thirsty … I was a stranger … naked … sick … in prison” you fed me ... gave me to drink ..., took me ..., clothed m ... visited me ...

“When saw we ..?” led the protests.

And the king shall answer, “Verily I say unto, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

I heard of a man who gave a testimony of how God had blessed him throughout his life because, early in his Christian walk, he committed himself to helping people, and through this ministry, he began to recognize Jesus in ordinary happenings. And he taught his family to minister, also, through his example as unto the Lord.

He told about a time when he saw a homeless man on the sidewalk crouched beneath a vent trying to keep warm. The words, “Is that you, Jesus?” came to his mind. He said he felt each time he met a person in need was an opportunity to fulfill Christ's commandment.

The writer of Hebrews 13:2 said “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unaware.” and verse 3: “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”

“Is that you, Jesus?”

“For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward (Mark 9:41).”

“Is that you, Jesus?”

In the book of Proverbs, the wise man gives good advice concerning the poor. ”The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself” (Proverbs 1:25).

“ He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD: and that which he hath given will he pay him again” (Proverbs 19:17).

Do you believe God puts people in our path s owe can have the joy of giving?

“Is that you, Jesus?”

It is a vital part of Christ's Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5: “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” And in verse 42, he says, “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee, turn not thou away,”

“Is that you, Jesus?”

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