There was an older man dressed handsomely in a dark gray vest, tan sports jacket, and a multi-colored bow tie pedaling furiously on a bicycle today. Wherever he was going this Easter Sunday, he was bound and determined. Several thoughts ran through my head all at the same time, “That’s curious,” and “Bless him,” and “Wonder why a bike and wonder why a bow tie?” The bow tie question was obvious – they’re classic. But all of the other observations were not so apparent. I wondered what his story was. I wondered if he was on a bike to fit in a little exercise on the way to church. I wondered if he didn’t have a car. Maybe his car was out of gas and he couldn’t afford to buy any. Maybe he was angry with his wife and that’s how he worked off steam. Perhaps he was on an adventure to see where the road would take him, he was going to pedal until he ran out of energy, and then worship right in the middle of a field. He could have been all dressed up with nowhere to go and wasn’t going to worship at all. Whatever the circumstance, God knew what he was up to and why. Isn’t that great? Isn’t it great that no matter what other people were thinking or wondering, God knew. God knew his heart. God knew his intentions. God knew what time he would arrive at his destination. And God knew if he was going to or coming from worshipping Him. Isn’t it great that God loves him, cares about his coming and going, and all the details of his life? Enough so that He sent His perfect, amazing, beautiful Lamb to save him – the man on the bike, headed somewhere, on a gorgeous, sunny Easter Sunday, with his vest, sports jacket, and bow tie.
“…John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” John 1:29