Thursday, March 28, 2013


Most people ascribe to the belief that seeing is believing. What you see is what you get. In January 2007, the Washington Post did an experiment to test what people see. They arranged for a young man named Joshua Bell to play music at the Metro station. By most measures, he was nondescript - wearing jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt, and a Washington Nationals baseball cap. From a small case, he removed a violin. Placing the open case at his feet, he threw in a few dollars and pocket change as seed money and began to play. For the next 45 minutes, Bell played Mozart and Schubert as over 1,000 people streamed by, seeing him but not really seeing him. If they had paid attention, they might have recognized the young man for the world-renowned violinist he is. They also might have noted the violin he played - a rare Stradivarius worth over $3 million.

Just three days earlier, Joshua Bell had sold out Boston Symphony Hall, with ordinary seats going for $100. In the subway, Bell garnered about $32 from the 27 people who stopped long enough to give a donation. What we see is not always reality. The people at the subway station saw just another out-of-work musician playing for change. The reality was that they were witnesses to a world famous musician.

People come to church every Easter and never see Jesus for who He really is.  They may see Jesus as only the great teacher that He was - a good carpenter who was a good man who did good things.  But when you believe in Him and who He really is, and that He really rose from the dead, that changes everything.  And if you let it, it can change you.  Believing is seeing.

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