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SECOND SATURDAY OF ADVENT
SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW 17:9A, 10-13
As they were coming down from the mountain,
the disciples asked Jesus,
"Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
He said in reply, "Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased.
So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands."
Then the disciples understood
that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
Are you going to miss your life?
No. No. No. Not after your life is over, and you are dead.
Are you going to miss your life right before your very eyes? Are you going see things in such a way that you miss what is actually going on? Are you going to miss your life?
Our gospel today has Jesus followers hyper focused. They, like many of that day, need to see certain things happen before their reality could be created. Events need to happen in just such an order. Elijah needs to make an appearance before their savior, their king, their superhero swoops in and saves them from all the junk going on in the world. It has to happen just so.
There ain’t no Elijah coming though. Sure, in the story before this passage, they just saw Elijah in the Transfiguration, so that focus just got ramped up even higher. Here it comes, the triumphant victory of our people, is I’m sure they were thinking. But no, nope, uh-uh. The disciples were missing their life.
There are many, many times in Jesus’ journey with the apostles where they don’t get it. They don’t see the savior right in front of them. They don’t see how this Jesus dude is going to “restore the kingdom.” He’s not looking to start a revolution or build an army or overthrow the government. And big shocker, here, there ain’t no Elijah either.
Can you imagine a life knowing that your savior is, personally and in the flesh, guiding you and bringing you into heaven?
Do you know that life right now with a God who dwells within you?
Just like the disciples, we are missing our life. There are times we catch a glimpse, but most of the time, we look for fabulous, awesome, unbelievable events to show us Jesus. Meanwhile, he is in our midst right now. He is guiding us. He is telling us to look right in front of us and not miss our lives.
At one point in the gospel, Peter, the disciples of all disciples and probably one who kept looking for Elijah around every corner, is asked over and over by Jesus if he loves him. Peter keeps saying, yes, and Jesus ends the conversation with, “Follow me.” Peter is such a great example of us today. We need to be reminded over and over of Jesus love for us and reassuring ourselves of our love for him. And yet, Jesus still says to us, “Follow me.” Think of the literal sense of what that means. Keep Jesus, visibly, in front of you. Let him lead you. Let him be right in front of you. And don’t miss out on the awesome life he provides.
What is in the way and making you miss your life with Christ?
What will it take to get Jesus right in front of you when he says, “Follow me?”
Bryan Ramsey loves his wife, his family & his faith. As the youth minister at St. James in Menomonee Falls, he loves finding ways to draw people into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.