I spend one week at QMCC (Quartz Mountain Christian Camp) every summer with about 150 kids. Last year one of the staff that came and helped was a man named Kendel. Kendel is a band director and is excellent with the kids. The interesting thing about Kendel is he looks exactly like Jesus (or at least the way we think he looked).
I had never seen or met Kendel before last year’s camp session. All I knew was a lot of people had told me, “Trey, he looks just like Jesus.” But I didn’t know how much until I saw him for myself. Wow.
When I first saw him from a distance, I was shocked. All I wanted to do was stare. There he stood with about 15 little kids around him. It was as if I was looking at Jesus. It was an amazing feeling. I sat there thinking to myself, “How would I react if Jesus was actually here at camp?” If Kendel really was Jesus, what would I do? I remember wanting so much to go and talk to him, but I felt so uncomfortable. I wasn’t worthy. And would Jesus even know who I was? Yet all I could do was stare. I had never felt so many emotions at one single time in my life. I immediately thought of the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5), who felt so unworthy, yet so drawn. I then thought of Peter who when he met Jesus, fell at his feet and said, “Go away from me, I’m a sinner.” All I knew is I just wanted to meet him and touch him.
I did go over to Kendel and introduce myself. He was a super-nice man. I enjoyed getting to know him that week. He did look a lot like what I think Jesus would look like on the outside. But I found out that Kendel also looked a lot like Jesus on the inside. I remember one of Kendel’s lessons from camp. He was talking about how people are always looking at him and telling him he looks like Jesus. He made the point that it’s more important to him to look like Jesus on the inside than on the outside. I remember him saying, “I want to act like him more than I want to look like him.”
I was impressed. Summer camp is still about 3 months ways. I think Kendel’s coming back again this year. I’m looking forward to getting to know him better. Not because he looks like Jesus on the outside but because he looks like Jesus on the inside. I love people who remind me of my Savior.
So how will you react when you see Jesus for the first time? Maybe something like this song (click here) I’ve been humming in my head all morning.
See you tomorrow on Top 10 Tuesday!