What a great illustration for finding Jesus among the ordinary, the least, and the broken.
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The Where’s Waldo analogy is fun but it makes me sad that he made the application that the passage is about “those who are far from God, who are hurting, who need the mercy and grace of God” – when Jesus is actually talking about people who are homeless, in jail, and starving. It takes more courage for us to engage with the homeless and the imprisoned than our friend who is hurting. For most of us, spending time with, for example, the homeless means going out of our comfort zone.
Also, Jesus didn’t say that you’ll find “Waldo” when you go to someone who is “far from God.” In fact, he was saying exactly the opposite – he was saying that God is CLOSE to the hungry, the poor, the imprisoned, and the homeless. Jesus’s message is much more challenging to me than the message this preacher shared.