I am returning from yet another prolonged absence. The past week and a half I have been on vacation. The days after Christmas Connie and I did our yearly routine of three Christmas’ in three states in three days (Iowa, Minnesota,South Dakota). This past week I have been home being a bum. One would say I had plenty of time to blog, but I was taking a vacation from nearly everything (not my wife of course). I did some odd jobs around the house. I took down the Christmas lights (taking advantage of the warm weather), I ran outside for a change. Watched some movies. Slept in late. And hung out of the coffee shop. All in all I had a very restful vacation. I just hope my body didn’t get too used to sleeping in.
Since my vacation officially ended today I had to do some sermon prep and writing today…something I am not too used to doing on Saturdays. In any case, I got my sermon done. The text I am preaching on is John 1:1-18 (focusing on verse 10 where it says, “He (Jesus) was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”) Jesus is all around us but yet we do not see him. Jesus reveals himself through other people; through those needing help, though those needing to hear the Good News. Jesus is with us in the waters of baptism. Jesus is with us in the bread and the wine. Jesus is with us in our low times and high times. Jesus walks with us as we enter worship, he walks with us while we work and play. Jesus is all around us, yet we often do not see him. Not much has changed since John 1:10 was written.
As we make New Year’s resolutions, maybe we should make a continuing resolution to get to know Jesus better. But be careful…because this is a resolution that will never be completed. We can make a resolutions to lose 10 pounds or quit smoking. If you do this you will know when you accomplished this goal but you still have to continue working at it otherwise you will revert to where you were before you made the resolution. Getting to know Jesus is something we need to continuing working, and it is a resolution that does not have an identifiable point where you can say “I know Jesus”. Our relationship with Jesus needs to keep growing.
Look and see Jesus in your neighbor. Recognize Jesus in every aspect of your life. Know Jesus as your friend, Savior and Lord. Resolve to know Jesus better.