“You Can’t Un-see Him”
In September, Kim and I had the chance to travel to Barcelona, Spain for my son Tim’s wedding to Maggie Phillips. While in Barcelona, we visited a cathedral named La Sagrada Familia. It was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi and has been under construction for over one hundred years. (It is slated to be finished in 2026, the hundredth anniversary of his death.) When Gaudi designed the cathedral, his desire was to tell the story of Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection and second coming both on and in the cathedral itself. Every detail in the design was part of the story. He wanted everyone who saw this work to walk away with the story of Jesus imbedded in their memory. Having seen his work, I must say that I think he succeeded. I received further confirmation of that when a friend of mine, someone who usually could care less about religious things, said after her tour of the cathedral that her favorite quote from Gaudi was “Once you see Him, you can’t un-see Him.” Through his work, Gaudi has and will help millions of people see Jesus.
This same principle and passion is what we have been talking about each week during our series of sermons on Jesus’ Great Commission to us, His disciples. Through this commission, Jesus asked us to GO into the world and Disciple the nations by being His disciples. That means that we need to reflect His heart, be His hands, His feet, His voice, and His face for our world. We need to strive to live our lives in a way that shows our neighbors, coworkers, families and even those people with whom we have only casual contact (think the barista at Starbucks, the checker at the grocery store, the waitress at Rutabegorz, …) who Jesus is and demonstrates His love for them. In short, my desire needs to be that when people look at me, they can see Jesus as well. The genius of this is that Antoni Gaudi knew “Once you see Him, you can’t un-see him.” Let’s help them see Him.
Steve Ranney, Pastor