Light of Joy
Optional Scripture: Matthew 11:2-11 (Lectionary text)
In Matthew 11: 2 – 11, John the Baptist, while in prison, sends word by his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?” Jesus replied, “Go and tell John what you hear and see.”
Jesus’ response to John’s question is one which still applies today. What do we see and hear that assures us that Jesus is the promised Messiah? During the holiday season we can look and see, listen and hear how Jesus is healing, restoring, raising, preaching and teaching the good news to us and through us.
There are many examples including preparing, serving or delivering meals to different groups, filling boxes for children, ditty bags for seamen and homeless people, collecting food for those in need, just to mention a few.
Recently John and I experienced people sharing Jesus’ love. John’s vertigo attack sent us to the ER one Sunday morning. While there we received calls, texts, our deacon visited, and were told that people were praying for us. Dr. Lewis walked by, saw John, and stopped to give encouraging words. At home there were calls, emails, and later cards with expressions of concern and love. What a joy to be a part of this loving Christian fellowship.
The Dorcas group has given me opportunities to share Jesus’ love with many. It is remarkable how God made needs known and provided the means to accomplish the tasks. Giving items we’ve made to others brings joy to the recipients, and greater joy to those sharing and telling others that God loves them.
Observations assure us that Jesus is the promised Messiah. We must continue His work by going, doing and sharing God’s love. This brings true joy.