Sunday, February 22, 2015

It's Happening. Right Now...

I’m telling you, I really think something amazing is going on. It started about thirty years ago, when a bunch of us were working the night shift, and angels told us about the birth of the Messiah.

Yeah, I know, I know—I’ve told that story a lot of times already. But guys, I was thereI know what I saw.

And I was starting to believe that God was finally up to something, after four hundred years of silence . . . well, who wouldn’t get excited about that?

And then—nothing. No further word. No more angels (at least, none that I saw, anyway). Back to the silence.

But then, just this last Sabbath, I was at the local synagogue, and the rabbi there was reading from the prophet Ezekiel:
“I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them.” (Ezekiel 34:23-24)
Okay, I know what you’re thinking—I can see it in your eyes. You’ve heard this Scripture a thousand times before. We’ve all heard it since we were kids at the synagogue—God will give us a shepherd like David . . . blah, blah, blah. So why should last Sabbath be any different? Well, stand still a minute and listen!

Because not two days after the Sabbath, I was in town, and I saw this new rabbi in some kind of heated debate with the Pharisees (what else is new with our grumpy spiritual leaders, eh?).

Well, I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation, and guess what this new rabbi is saying?
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” (John 10)
What proof, you ask? What makes this rabbi any different than the rest? Well, for one thing, He’d just healed a guy who had been blind from birth (John 9). That sure got everyone’s attention!

And then I started to piece it all together: the angels thirty years ago, the prophecy from Ezekiel, the miraculous healing of the blind guy, and then this rabbi claiming that He IS the Good Shepherd . . .

Guys, think about it. Don’t you see? I think it’s actually happening, right now, in front of our eyes . . .

Could He be the Messiah?