Yesterday, we discussed knowing Jesus’ voice. That, even if we don’t recognise him in appearance, we should know his voice and trust in it.
But what if we don’t recognise him or his voice?
Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
John 21:4 (ESV)
Here were men who had just spent the better part of three years with a man and, even though he was only a hundred yards off, they did not recognise him.
Then the man on the shore tells the disciples to cast their nets on the other side of the boat – this after they’d been fishing all night and caught nothing. Does this sound familiar? A strangely similar situation happened back in Luke 5 when Jesus first called his disciples to follow him. Now here he is again telling them to cast their nets one last time. And, as with the first time, the nets came up full of fish.
When the disciples experienced something at the command of Jesus that they’d already seen before, they recognised him for who he was.
That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”
John 21:7a (ESV)
So if you don’t recognise Jesus by his appearance or by his voice, at least know him for his works.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 (NCV)
If Jesus is the same, don’t you think we’ll see the same things happen again and again? Are not sick still being healed? Blind being made to see? Lame being made to walk? Dead made to live? All of the things Jesus did in the Gospels are still happening today. We can still see his fingerprints on the miraculous.
So if you’re not in a place where you can see his face. If you can’t hear his voice, look for the things he’s doing. If you look for him, you will find him.
Daily Bible reading: Ezra 6-8; John 21