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If Jesus came to church, would we recognize him? The Police came and took Neal Thompson of Missouri away from a Lutheran church because he arrived dressed as Jesus Christ, with a white robe and cross.

--The Week, November 19, 2010 p. 6 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

It was probably obvious that Neal was an imposter. However; if Jesus showed up while we were doing church, would we recognize him? The Messiah showed up in Nazareth and they did not. They just got mad at him. They did not stop with calling the authorities. They tried to throw him off a cliff.

Our prayer is that in our church we are in tune with Jesus so that if he were to show up he would get the proper reception.

Luke 4:16-30 (NIV) He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. (17) The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: (18) "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, (19) to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." (20) Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, (21) and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." (22) All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" they asked. (23) Jesus said to them, "Surely you will quote this proverb to me: 'Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.'" (24) "I tell you the truth," he continued, "no prophet is accepted in his hometown. (25) I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. (26) Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. (27) And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed--only Naaman the Syrian." (28) All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. (29) They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. (30) But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

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