About 4 or 5 years ago we went to a wedding for one of my wife’s cousins. While we were at the reception we were talking with Julie’s aunt and found out that Justin Masterson, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, (who is now with the Cleveland Indians) was there. He had gone to the same college as Julie’s cousin and they were friends, so he had come to the wedding and reception.
Well, that got my son, Jacob, very interested, because he is a big sports nut. So Julie’s aunt took Jacob over to meet Justin. It was very cool. Justin spent some time talking with Jacob and gave him an autograph. He was nice and he made Jacob feel very welcome
I have met a variety of different famous people over the years. Most have made me feel very welcome and have been very accommodating. But I had one experience that was not so positive.
I was at a mall in Denver and the Lakers were in town to play the Nuggets. At the time, the Lakers, were one of my favorite basketball teams. So I knew the players pretty well. As I was walking down the hall I saw Byron Scott, their starting shooting guard. I think he was trying to keep a low profile, but I just had to meet him. So I walked over and tried to talk to him and he just flat out ignored me. Eventually I walked away.
I don’t blame Byron Scott for not talking with me. It wasn’t a big deal, but it reminds me of the different ways it can go when you meet someone famous. Sometimes you get welcomed and other times you get ignored.
Well, this Sunday, we are going to look at a passage from Scripture that opens up with a few people who just wanted to meet Jesus. They had probably heard about Him somewhere along the line. He was pretty famous after all. They were visiting the area where He was, and they wanted to meet Him.
After looking at this story, I am not exactly sure what to make of the response they got. It almost seems like Jesus ignored them, but He goes on to share a powerful time of teaching that includes information about His coming death and the life that is available through Him. Whether they met Jesus or not, if they had the opportunity to listen to that time of teaching, it might have been life changing.
You can read about it in John 12:20-36. Or come on out to The River this Sunday to find out more.