Recognizing Jesus

Recognizing Jesus

Sunday, November 22, 2020
| Matthew 25:31-46

How can we see Jesus today? He may not be clear at every moment, just as he was not clear to Mary outside the empty tomb. But he is present in the power of his resurrection life. 

A man named Marty Doerschlag has a superpower that you won’t see in the movies: He can remember a face forever. You could call him The Recognizer!

“If I spend about 30 seconds looking at somebody,” he said to NPR, “I will remember their face for years and years and years.”

Doerschlag realized he had this gift after a series of strange encounters and sightings. One year, he sat behind a man at a Michigan vs. Ohio State football game. Three years later, he recognized the guy in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Did he remember the score of the game? No. But he recognized the man.

At company Christmas parties, he could always remember exactly which spouse belonged to which employee. At a Las Vegas restaurant, he asked the waiter if he had served customers at a particular restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, many years before.

“The guy just froze,” said Julie Doerschlag, Marty’s wife. The Recognizer had struck again!

The waiter said, “Yeah, ...


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