A certain member of our church here at St.Bs worked for a number of years as Cabin Crew for British Airways. He served people in Business class and amongst some of the many guests that he served were The Rolling Stones and Nelson Mandela. You are right in thinking that these passengers were at different ends of the passenger spectrum i.e. it wasn’t Nelson Mandela that desired a vodka cocktail for breakfast! Meeting so many famous people I suppose could be uplifting and life enhancing or create disappointment and cynicism, it just depends whether the public image matched up to reality.
The question for me though is ‘How could anybody meet Jesus and not be changed?’
Over the next few months we are going to be looking at some of the many people that met and experienced Jesus in the flesh. I’ve called the series ‘Encounters with Jesus’ and there are a lot of well known characters that feature on this list of encounters. I think I can confidently say that all of these people except for Satan in the wilderness saw their experience as life changing. On the other hand maybe he did too.
I hope that as we study these meetings together we will be encouraged and stimulated to realise that an encounter with Jesus is always a challenging and exhilarating experience.
How could it be anything else? I do hope and pray that as we reflect on these scriptures we too will have a fresh encounter with our Saviour and Lord.
In his grip