White: Acknowledging Christ

While describing the difference in awareness between Simeon and the other priests at Jesus’ dedication, Ellen White writes:

So it is still. Events upon which the attention of heaven is centered are undiscerned, their very occurrence is unnoticed, by religious leaders, and worshipers in the house of God. Men acknowledge Christ in history, while they turn away from the living Christ. Christ in His word calling to self-sacrifice, in the poor and suffering who plead for relief, in the righteous cause that involves poverty and toil and reproach, is no more readily received today than He was eighteen hundred years ago. (Desire of Ages, p. 56)

Questions

  • Am I more interested in discussing theological statements about the historical Jesus or in following the risen Jesus today?
  • How do I respond to this Christ who calls me to self-sacrifice in order to care for the poor and suffering?
  • What does this kind of discipleship look like in my situation, in my life, in my community?
  • What might be significant in the eyes of heaven today that goes unnoticed by religious leaders and church-goers?
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