Scripture: Revelation 1:
12I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13and among the lampstands was someone "like a son of man,"[b]dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
19"Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels[c] of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Observation: Jesus is watching you.
Late one night, a burglar broke into a house that he thought was empty. He tiptoed through the living room but suddenly he froze in his tracks when he heard a loud voice say; “Jesus is watching you.”
Silence returned to the house, so the burglar crept forward again. “Jesus is watching you,” the voice boomed again.
The burglar stopped dead in his tracks. He was frightened. Frantically, he looked all around the room. In a dark corner, he spotted a bird cage and in the cage was a parrot. He asked the parrot: “Was that you who said Jesus is watching me?”
“Yes,” Said the parrot.
The burglar breathed a sigh of relief, then asked the parrot: “What is your name?”
“Moses,” said the bird.
“That is a dumb name for a parrot,” sneered the burglar. “What idiot named you Moses?”
The parrot said, “The same idiot who named the Rottweiler Jesus.”
Maybe you’ve heard that one before, it’s been around for quite a while. I couldn’t help but think about it when I read this scripture today. Would we have second thoughts about how we acted in church if we realized that Jesus was really watching us? Not just some far away concept or doctrine but the real Jesus, the King of Kings, the Righteous Judge. If we knew that Jesus was watching us, what would we do differently?
Well, here’s the thing. He is – and He does. He walks among the candlesticks – he holds the angels (messengers) of the churches in His hand and He is present among us when we worship. And of course He is not only watching when we are at church but also no matter where we are or what we are doing, his eye is always on us.
As we come out of the Christmas season, I am also reminded that some of the true attributes of God have been attributed to the character of Santa Clause. And although Santa Clause is used by us to try and keep our children diligent about staying on the nice list, God really does know when we are sleeping and when we are awake, He really does know when we’ve been bad or good so… Well you know the rest don’t you…
Remember Church– Jesus is watching you!
Prayer: God who watches me,
Help me to always know that no matter what I’m doing or where I am, you are watching. Keep my heart pure and my actions acceptable in your sight.