Masks

What mask, makeup or costume do you plan to wear this weekend? Will it be someone you admire, a declaration of some super-power you wish you had, or an outrageous disguise to hide behind? I’m not much for dressing up at Halloween; my favorite costume was in 3rd grade when my mom created a multi-colored leaf tree outfit complete with birdhouse mask. Halloween has become big business as kids of all ages outfit themselves to the max.

But, do we wear masks and hide behind costumes the rest of the year? You bet we do. We have an image we like to project. We behave in ways that we hope will affect how others perceive us. Additionally, we create characters for others when we assume certain things about them and place them in categories and roles. You know, when you name people you don’t even know based solely on what you see…the worthless teen, the rich CEO, the homeless man, the lawyer, the athlete, the soccer mom, the bully, etc.

Jesus has an amazing way of seeing through our masks and the ways we try to hide who we really are. And, Jesus can see through the masks and costumes we project onto others. This is scary and hopeful all at once. I mean, we want in our inner-being to be known, but we’re afraid that others and Jesus won’t like who we really are. We can get lost trying to hide from ourselves, from others and from Jesus.

All of Jesus’ ministry can be summed up in one story in the Gospel of Luke. Perhaps you’ve heard the story of Zacchaeus before? I learned this song as a young girl,

Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he.                                
He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see.
And as the Savior passed him by, He looked up in the tree,
And he said, "Zacchaeus, you come down from there;
For I'm going to your house today, for I'm going to your house today"

I invite you to take a look at this story that occurs as Jesus is heading toward Jerusalem in Luke 19:1-10. Learn how Jesus sees beyond the role and life-choices that Zacchaeus makes and how he is known in his community. Read Jesus’ mission statement in verse 10: For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost. Know that Jesus will seek you and find you behind whatever mask you wear and that he wants to save you, redeem you and free you to follow him and do likewise.

Praise be to God!
Vikki


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