A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in a seminary class, given by her teacher, Dr. Smith. She says Dr. Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons. One particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and knew they were in for a fun day.
On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Dr. Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone whom they disliked or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the person’s picture.
Sally’s girlfriend drew a picture of a girl who had stolen her boyfriend. Another friend drew a picture of his little brother. Sally drew a picture of a former friend, putting a great deal of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on his face.
The class lined up and began throwing darts, with much laughter and hilarity. Some of the students threw their darts with such force that their targets were ripping apart.
Sally looked forward to her turn and was filled with disappointment when Dr. Smith, because of time limits, asked the students to return to their seats. As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because she didn’t have a chance to throw any darts at her target, Dr. Smith began removing the target from the wall.
Underneath the target was a picture of Jesus…
A complete hush fell over the room as each student viewed the mangled picture of Jesus; holes and jagged marks covered his face. In the silence, Dr. Smith said these words:
“Just as you did to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
If God really does exist, if Jesus Christ really is the incarnation of God, then there is nothing and no one in our lives from which Christ is absent. God is present in everyone and everything. How would your living change if you really had faith this was true?
Your friend and fellow minister, Rev. Steve Savides