Articles by Stan Dean

Do We See Jesus?

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I read of a seasoned Bible teacher of teenagers who was known for getting his message across in creative ways to those in his class. The passage they were studying was from the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus said, “You have heard that it was, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…” (Matthew 5:43-45). 

 

The teacher knew that this is a challenging passage to everyone, but felt that his young students were particularly struggling to grasp and embrace it while living in “teenage world.” Some of the comments made by a few of the boys and girls about those they had to deal with daily further validated his thoughts.


The next Sunday morning when the class came in they noticed that the teacher had put a large target up the board at the front of the room. Over to the side of the board was a table with several darts laid out on top of it. The students were all given a piece of paper and pen and told to draw the best depiction they could of their enemy. No one seemed to have any problem coming up with one as they all went right to work. When they finished, he then asked them to come to the board one by one, pin their enemies’ picture to the target and throw darts at the picture.


They all were more than eager to get in on the action. Some of the pictures included their peers, some were of brothers and sisters, some of teachers and one even the teacher of the class! They laughed and threw darts until some of the images were obliterated.


After they finished the teacher walked to the board and took down the whole target. The laughing ceased and the whole room quickly became silent when they realized that behind the target was a depiction of Jesus. There were punctures and scars all over his face from the darts that had been hurled. At the bottom of the picture were the words of Jesus, “Inasmuch as you did it one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40, 45). The point was driven home!


When we are tempted to give someone a piece of your mind, vent our wrath, get someone back, and the like- - do we see Jesus?


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