Thursday, May 25, 2006

A Really Killer Question

Let me tell you about a memorable incident that happened when I was out street preaching about three years ago.

Andrew was interrupted in his preaching by a man who gave the impression of being under the influence of alcohol.

The man said to Andrew:

"I have got a question for you, and you won't be able to answer it."

Andrew looked at the man with all the dignity of his usual military bearing.

"Try me" he replied.

The man looked at Andrew, and paused. He seemed to have forgotten his question. Or perhaps he had not yet thought what he was going to say.

The he recovered his wits and said:

"If Jesus was here....today....in Worcester....you would'nt recognise him, would you?"

I cannot remeber what Andrew actually said in reply. Readers, what would you have said to this poor man?

24 comments:

Chris said...

Assuming we are not talking about the appointed time, Jesus wouldn't be recognizable in a physical sense, since we don't know what he really looks like, but as soon as he began to speak, it would become evident. Perhaps he will have some majestical aura that will be a telling sign.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Chris,
Thanks for your thoughts. That is what you would have said to the guy?

We do have the description of Christ in His heavenly glory in Revelation chapter 1.

Jonathan Hunt said...

I'd have said what chris alluded to - that leapt straight to mind.

something like this

'No sir, I wouldn't recognise him because I don't know what he looks like. But I know much about him by what he has SAID in his WORD the Bible, and if he SPOKE then I would recognise him for certain.

But bear in mind, Sir, that Jesus Christ is not going to appear here, or anywhere else until the end of the world, and at that time both you, and I, and every human being will both recognise him, and bow down before him. Would you be ready to meet your creator and your judge? Do you know Him as your saviour?'

Something like that. Although unless I was particularly blessed by the Spirit I'd never come out with all of that on the spot!

fb

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

An excellent answer, FB.

The IBEX Scribe said...

I probably would have fumbled over something about the coming of Christ in glory, where, as FB said, everyone will recognize him. The question probably would have taken me aback and I am sure that my answer would reflect that.

Redeemed said...

I would have said of course I would not recognize him, because it wouldn't be Him. It would be an anti-christ, and not Christ.

Because when CHIRST shall appear:

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:7-8

Now that, we will ALL see and we will ALL recognize.

Antonio said...

But lets say that He was pointed out to you, and He said to you the words:

"Most assuredly I say to you, He who believes in Me has everlasting life".

And you believe Him, yet at the same time you only considered Him a prophet.

Would your faith in Jesus be to no avail?

Todd said...

Maybe I'd say, "Sure I would, He'd be the One walking around not making all the inane jibber-jabber". But that took me 15 minutes to think of, so if the guy wanted anything more intelligent out of me he'd have to pull up a chair and wait a while.

Heartily, Todd

Todd said...

I only wish I could come up with something as spontaneous as what Redeemed said. That could have sobered him up on the spot.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Angie, it is very easy to be taken aback by questions.

Sarah, great answer.

Antonio, great point, if a little off the subject.

Todd, I am sure you would come up with something sharp. Good to see you.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Premillennial Reformed Baptist said...

I think I would give a response similar to Fat Baptist. When Jesus comes there will be no mistaking who He is:)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Hey, Jason! Great to see you visiting again.

I do hope you are well.

God Bless

Matthew

Rose~ said...

I would say, "I would know Him by the nail scars in His hand. This is a man that was hung on a cross, was dead for three days, and now is alive ... never to die again. If He were not wearing gloves, His hands would give Him away."

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Great answer, Rose~.

Jim said...

Matthew, great question and great answers.

Antonio, you crack me up bro!

God bless,
Jim

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jim, thanks for visiting.

Ednella said...

I don't know what I'd say. Everyone took the good answers. I think I probably like Rose's answer the best, about seeing his nail-scarred hands.

~Nella

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Nice to see you, Ednella.

wilsford said...

i think i would have said, "I hope I would recognize him. I fear that I would not. I pray for the faith to let go of myself enough to embrace Jesus as He is rather than as I percieve him."

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks for that answer, Wilsford.

Earl said...

My answer,

No, I would not recognize him, unless by his grace he opens my eyes to recognize him. I would not desire him unless by his grace he changes my wicked heart. And when he do all this, my thankfulness would be inadequate, my life tepid. But Christ is there for me because he loves me in spite of myself. He gives me his goodness where I fall so far short. Come see and taste of him, because when you do so, you'll discover Christ is there for you, and you'll recognize him and take your greatest delight and joy in him.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Great answer, Earl.

St Jeremiah said...

"If Jesus was here....today....in Worcester....you would'nt recognise him, would you?"

St Jeremiah; Which Jesus are YOU talking about?

II Corinthians 11:4

I have had a question simular to this...and this was my response. It is a method used by Jesus to answer a question with a question to draw out the inquier out to clarify the intial question.

How many different Jesus' are out there that we have to identify already and have to call the anti-Christ's? I John 4:1-6

There is one sure fire way to identify Jesus....15:20-26

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Good point.

But we do need to be careful about this ontological concept of a 'different Jesus.' There is only one Jesus who was born of a virgin, who spent his early years in Egypt, who lived a perfect life, who worked as a carpenter, who did miracles, who was crucified and rose again.

If one believes in this Jesus, regradless of other misconceptions, one believes in the true Jesus.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew