It was Detroit in 1930’s when three young men hopped on a bus and tried to pick a fight with a man sitting at the back of the vehicle. They hurled insults at the man, but to no avail. No response. He would not be provoked. When it came time for the man at the back of the bus to get off, the stranger was bigger than the three had expected. As he prepared to get off the bus he reached into his pocket and pulled out a business card, handed to the three and got off the bus.
As the bus moved away, the three gathered around this card, and read the words “Jo Louis – Professional Boxer.” They had tried to pick a fight with a man who defended his heavy weight title 25 times and held the heavy weight belt longer than anyone else in history. A man who was rated number one boxer of all time.
These young men on a bus in Detroit were in the presence of greatness and they did not immediately recognise it. They needed to be informed. The humility of Jo Louis disarmed the three young men and they failed to appreciate who they were with. I wonder how they may have acted if someone had told them who the man was, sitting at the back of the bus.
Likewise, when Jesus came into this world and lived with such humility, the fact that people were in the presence of greatness, was missed by many. Like a business card being handed out, Jesus would teach with such authority, He would heal the sick and perform a miracle that alerted those who were paying attention, that He was no ordinary man.
Still today, it is easy to miss out on who Jesus is. If you are aware of His greatness, could it be that you need to alert people to the reality of who Jesus is? If you are still wondering who is this man, can I encourage you to look at Him, really look at Him and explore the possibility that He is more than who you have initially thought Him to be.