Someone asked the question in a bible class recently that made for a lot of interesting discussion. The question was, “What if Jesus showed up for our church services tonight … what would he do or say?” Here were a few things people answered….
- “He’d lead us in powerful worship.”
- “He would preach.”
- “He’d tell the children to quit running in the auditorium after church.”
- “He’d straighten a lot of people out.”
My reply was, “I think if Jesus showed up in town one Sunday evening, I’m not sure he’d even come to church.” I could tell that made a few people uncomfortable. I finished, “Instead, he’d probably go hang out with some people in the community that need him much worse than we do.”
Everyone’s view of Jesus was a little different, but mine made a few uncomfortable. I went on to say, “In fact, I think if Jesus really did show up one night for church, I can imagine him chasing kids though the auditorium. I can see him washing someone’s dirty feet in the drinking fountains. I could see him allowing someone to clean up in the baptistry water. I can see him feeding the homeless out of the refrigerator in the fellowship hall. And I can hear him saying, ‘“Let’s go outside and sing under the stars.” ‘And at some point in all the commotion, I can see a deacon running up to Jesus scolding him, ‘“Jesus! What are you doing? Were you born in a barn?”’ And Jesus would reply, ‘“Yes, actually I was!”’
That’s just how I see Jesus.
So I’m curious … if Jesus showed up at your church, what do you think he’d do or say?