“I am sending over my research associate, Jake, to go over the data on our paper.” I was speaking on the phone with my chief of dermatology at the teaching hospital with which I am associated.
“Ok, thanks. I don’t think I know him.”
“He told me he knows you, he met you once at my lab. He said you always dress so casually, wearing jeans and Aloha shirts to work.”
“Wait, what? I never dress like that at work! I don’t even own a pair of jeans!” At that time, I always wore a dress shirt with a tie, dress slacks, and wing-tip shoes. How could he say that? I thought back to the encounter and remembered I happened to be off that day, which was a Friday, and needed to stop by the chief of dermatology’s office to pick up something from him. I met Jake when he was in the research laboratory. I was dressed casually with an Aloha shirt, dress slacks and dress shoes. It was the typical attire of how businessmen in Hawaii dressed on Aloha Friday, the equivalent of casual Friday. So, that physician was partially correct. From a chance random encounter one day, this physician made a sweeping judgment about me and how I ALWAYS dress. Not only that, he embellished it with his own recollection of my wearing an imaginary pair of jeans which I don’t own. He knows me, indeed!
Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
Matthew 3:4 (NKJV)
If I met John the Baptist, I think I may have walked the other way or just stared in fascination. This dude was out there, even for that time. A diet of locusts and honey. Can you imagine what his breath smelled like? Would I have listened to what he had to say or would I be distracted by his appearance and make sweeping assumptions like Jake did for me? Thankfully many people did listen to what he had to say. He was a prophet sent by God to proclaim the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who affirmed his importance.
Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Matthew 11:11 (NKJV)
I was annoyed that Jake made a sweeping assumption about me after one casual encounter. Yet, how often have I done the same? I would have done it if I met John the Baptist. Would I have done the same if I met Jesus Christ? For the first twenty years of my life, I did. I made an assumption about who Jesus Christ was and completed the missing parts with my own narrative. He was a great teacher but delusional, thinking He was God. He helped a lot of people but these miracles were staged. Oh yes, my false characterization of Jesus Christ deluded me for many years. Only when I took the time to read the Bible and investigate Him on my own did I understand how presumptive and wrong I was.
He knows you.
Yes, Lord Jesus Christ, you do know me. Thank you for your grace and mercy for leading me to confess and repent of my sins and accept You as my Lord and Savior.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.
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