Tonight begins the second week of the season here in San An. The centre has been open and the team has been strolling around the West End for a week now, the first few prayer request cards are up on the wall and the first few people have been assisted home in the Vomit Van.
It takes a few weeks for things to really get going here, but with every day that passes the streets get slightly busier and more and more bars open in anticipation of the increase of tourists over the coming weeks. Most of our friends who live here all year round have gone back to work, but it’s exciting to catch up with friends from seasons past as they return for another summer in Ibiza.
As I have been thinking about the season this year, the following has been in my mind: its the bit in Luke 7 where John the Baptist sends messengers to Jesus asking whether He was the one they had been waiting for and anticipating, or whether they should wait for someone else – ie. is Jesus the real deal, is He the Christ, the anticipated fulfillment of God’s promises and the One who would bring about salvation…? This is what Jesus says:
“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
By this description, John would have known without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was who He said He was – as there are so many echoes in His answer of what had been promised in the prophecies of old. But the thing that struck me in regards to this season was how Jesus authenticates Himself in tangible ways – those who experienced Him would have been left in no doubt that He was God. The way Jesus was with people made it clear who He is and the fact that He is real and good.
My prayer for this season is that many people in the West End have an encounter with Jesus that leaves them undeniably convinced that Jesus is real, and that He is kind. So much of His evidencing of Himself to John is done in kind, redemptive ways – setting wrong things right, acts of kindness and grace. And my prayer is that He will once again make Himself tangibly known to those that we meet – that many would experience something of His kindness, His grace and His setting wrong things to right.