From Jes Kast-Keat
Jes is away today, and her husband Jim is pinch-hitting. Jim Kast-Keat is a divergent thinker, ideation specialist, and aspiring minimalist. He is, among other things, a writer, speaker, theologian, photographer, and all around good guy. (Also, he always wears a shirt and a tie.) Jim spent over half a decade as a pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI and currently works as a Product Designer with sparkhouse in Minneapolis, MN. Jim and his wife Jes (the Rev. JKK) currently live in New York City where they do their best to smile, breathe, and go slowly. To find out more about Jim, go to www.jimkastkeat.com and start exploring.
The gospel of John opens with its infamous "In the beginning" and concludes with its equally infamous "The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." Yet between these two axioms lies this phrase:
He was in the world and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
In the second chapter of Luke we find the shepherds keeping watch over their sheep by night. And an angel appears before them , joined with all the company of the heavenly host. And when they finish singing their "gloria in excelsis deo" they tell the shepherds where to find Jesus, saying, "This is how you will recognize him."
Sometimes we need someone to remind us how to recognize Jesus. Because he is in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world does not always recognize him. We need epiphany eyes to see Jesus in our world and life today.
In the twenty-fourth chapter of Luke we find two companions walking the now infamous road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. It's about three days after Jesus had been killed (hint, hint) and they are joined by a "stranger" (wink).