FAMILY RESEMBLANCE

And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13
The disciples did not look like candidates to be world changers. The religious leaders said they were uneducated Galileans (their words were really ignoramuses). That was somewhat of a slur. In New Orleans, like everywhere else, we have those kinds of terms. Some will call others Mandevillians, or Yats, or maybe Chalmatians, or Westbankers. That’s how it was for the disciples, they were ‘those kind’ of people. That was what got the attention of the priests, there was something different about them that reminded the leaders of Jesus. There was something in their words and in their look, they reminded the Pharisees of Jesus. You could say there was a distinct family resemblance. Recently someone commented that Parris and I were starting to look alike, I guess maybe we rub off on those we hang around. Is Jesus rubbing off on you? Here is something Andrew Murray said about looking like Jesus.
“A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read lives of Christ, beautifully and eloquently written, but the best life of Christ is his living biography, written out in the words and actions of his people. If we were what we profess to be, and what we should be, we should be pictures of Christ; yea, such striking likenesses of him, that the world would not have to hold us up by the hour together, and say, Well, it seems somewhat of a likeness; but they would, when they once beheld us, exclaim, He has been with Jesus; he has been taught of him; he is like him; he has caught the very idea of the holy Man of Nazareth, and he works it out in his life and every-day actions.”
There was a dramatic increase of this family resemblance after the death and resurrection of Christ. The disciples actually received an impartation of the very life of God. It started Easter Sunday night when Jesus breathed on them and said ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’. It continued on the Day of Pentecost when they were totally consumed by the Presence of God. They had been born again and baptized with the Spirit. Their lives had taken on a new quality. They began to look and act like Jesus. That’s the point of our conversion. Our changed lives reveal Christ to this world. So the next time you are scorned as a Yat or whatever, don’t be alarmed. You may be an ignoramus like Peter but you have a distinct look of a king, you too have been with Jesus.

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