March 13th, '18
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
OUT OF THE BLUE
came Jesus...and stood in the midst..." (John 20:26)
You never know when Jesus is going to pop
in. God things happen sometimes when they are least expected. Jesus showed
up, out of the blue, when the disciples' boat was bobbing back and forth like a
toy on the waves. He came to them "walking on the sea". That's out of the blue.
They cried, "It is a spirit!" (Matthew 14:26) Funny how we see ghosts when we
should see God. As the two gentlemen on the road to Emmaus swapped discouraging
stories "Jesus himself drew near, and went with them" (Luke 24:15). He popped
in again. But they didn't recognize Him. Few do. And exactly one week later
according to our text Jesus showed up, out of the blue, as the disciples were
sitting around behind closed doors. He greeted their surprise by saying, "be
not faithless, but believing" (John 20:27). The point is, miracle days,
red-star dates, start out just like any other ordinary days. Most kings are
introduced with trumpet blasts and fanfare but God just shows up.
An old classmate walks through the door
unannounced. That song starts playing over the restaurant sound system
and everything else goes mute. Some guy pulls over to help you with your flat
tire and you strike up a conversation that turns into a long term business
association. Flat tire turned into fat wallet. Just a coincidence? I don't
think so but you have to have your radio antennae up or you may miss the
connection. "Do not forget to entertain strangers: for thereby some have
entertained angels without knowing it" (Hebrews 13:2). How surprised was young
Mary when an angel popped in out of the blue?
Theologians say the second coming of
Christ is imminent, that means it can happen at any time. All advents
are unpredictable. The tap on the shoulder may happen "on a crowded street
or in a deserted square". The nondescript guest may ride in on a white stallion
or pull up in a "bomb" with broken down shocks. The promotion may be something
you've worked years for or it may come through an accidental wrong number which
in time proved to be the right number. It may happen ten years from now or
before you sign off for bed tonight. Don't be surprised if God surprises
you...someday out of the blue.
Admittedly, I've borrowed a couple lines
out of Elton John's latest hit, the above title. But he didn't first come up
with the concept. On the Isle of Patmos the apostle John heard a voice, and
being turned, there stood Jesus with hair like wool and eyes like fire.
Revelation only comes where there is a willful turning. When Moses' peripheral
vision caught the burning bush he said, "I will now turn aside, and see this
great sight..." (Exodus 3:3) What would have happened had those two men not
turned around? Or where would our lives be today had we not welcomed our
God-sends? If we shouldn't see a devil behind every bush I guess we shouldn't
try to find an angel there either, but neither should we close our eyes to
possibility. An angel came to Cornelius out of the blue. He didn't see himself
as a candidate. But hope hopes. Some one out there is your key to destiny. He
may live hundreds of miles away or already share a joint checking account with
you. Don't dismiss the postman for searching for the letter. You may be waiting
for your ship to come in while riding the ferry to and fro every day to work.
Maybe your ship is the ferry boat...or maybe it is a cruise liner not scheduled
to dock till a later season. Either way some day, some way, some one, some how,
out of the blue, first class with your address on the package, is coming your
way. God has everything prepared on His end. The question is, will you be
prepared on the receiving end when the package arrives?