King In Disguise
Did You Know?
When the College was first looking to relocate from Melville to Regina, it considered land at College & Winnipeg, College & Broad, and 23rd & Albert, finally settling on 18 acres of land on the west end of property owned by Government House, now called Royal Street.
Luther College High School is recognized as one of the four best university preparatory schools in western Canada with as many as 96% of Luther graduates pursuing post-secondary educations.
In the late 1920's, during an in-house baseball tournament, Rex Schneider entered a team called "Prof Schneider's Battling Lions." This is the first hint that someday Luther teams would be known as the Lions.
The gym officially opened July 8, 1951. The Sunday afternoon celebration, attended by 1,500 people, featured speeches followed by an evening celebration with another 1,500 people in attendance to hear the Luther Choir and the RCMP Band.
Through the A Time To Build capital campaign, we have added 46,897 square feet of space to Luther College High School, including the Semple gymnasium - the largest high school gym in Regina.
Did you know there is a 3rd floor to the boy's dorm? It was traditionally assigned to upper level students who were more mature & responsible. Students who lived up there in the 1940’s confessed, in hushed tones, to having a radio when those devices were against school policy.
The Tuck Shop for snacks was at the bottom of the south stairs going to what is now the cafeteria. The legendary beans in a cone were considered a healthier & cheaper alternative to what students purchased across the street at the Aintree.
Luther graduates have gone on to universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Pennsylvania State, McGill, Queen’s and other renowned educational institutions throughout Canada, North America and the world.
There’s the story of a journalist who is at this fancy black tie event this party and there’s lots of really important people there like movie stars and celebrities and politicians. And this distinguished gentleman comes over with his glass of champagne and starts to talk with him – and the reporter knows that he knows him but has that moment where he can’t recall who that man is or his name sure looks familiar! We’ve all had that experience of seeing someone out of context. This happens when you get older by the way – and so he tries to fake it till he makes it. He tries to ask little questions that will twig his memory so they talk about this or that and he can’t figure it out yet so he tries his last card and says…. “soooo…are you still doing the same old thing?” And the man looks at him in a funny way – and he gives him an odd sort of smile and says “Oh yes, I’m still the king”.
I love this little story because it kind of gives us an example of how sometimes we fail to recognize the value of a person.
As Christians, we recognize the idea that Jesus is our king who often goes in disguise. Now, I’m putting up some images of what I call “Jesus in disguise”. And the idea is very simple – it’s that every person should be treated as if that person was Jesus standing in front of us. Jesus in disguise. In one of Jesus’ most famous teachings from Matthew 25 Jesus tells his students, his disciples that God looks at their hearts evaluates their lives by how they have treated other people.
“When I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; When I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; when I need clothing you clothed Me; When I was sick, and you came and visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to see Me.'Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?… when you did that for the least of my brothers and sisters you did it for me.”
Kindness was how people’s hearts are judged in God’s eyes… Jesus is undercover… undercover Jesus undercover Christ… and it begs the question, how many times do you meet Jesus every day?
There is a wonderful line from Zorba the Greek that says “God changes his appearance every second. Blessed are those who can recognize him in all his disguises”.
What’s it like going under cover? Let me give you an example. My friend Heather is a priest who went undercover to check out a church that she wanted to pastor at. So she went to it undercover.
She didn’t have her priest outfit on. She went, and no one said hello to her but instead gave her the books she needed for the service. No one shook her hand, no one sat with her, no one came up to her as she was looking at the bulletin boards because she was bored and no one said “hey, would you like a cup of tea? Come and sit down with us.” Well it turned out that later on she got the position and she told the church “We have to work harder at being a welcoming church! No one said hello to me no one sat with me no one invited me for tea after the service.”And the good people of the church said “If we knew it was you we would have!”
Who does a person have to be to receive a welcome? Even if you’re not a Christian the question is valid – how do people deserve to be treated?
One last story …I used to pastor at a church in Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island. This was a small church – 25 on a Sunday was great! Lake Cowichan had problems – few jobs – alcohol, drugs boredom and not much of a future. I felt sorry for the high school students because when they graduated there was nothing there for them. This little church had a tradition that on the first Sunday of the month everyone brought something to share and we had lunch after the service! One day, a very poor member of the church told all her friends about the free lunch! Well that Sunday I noticed a lot more people in church that Sunday – and I knew pretty quickly that they were not regulars. And they all came for lunch – and as we were putting out more folding tables and chairs a new wave arrived – who hadn’t been to church but heard about lunch. More tables, more chairs – some of our regulars were quickly dispatched to the store to get salads, and buns and squares to feed this unexpected multitude.
Something important happened that day – the church had an opportunity to serve lunch to Jesus – for all the people who came were Christ undercover. Some completely missed this: there were comments such as “Who are they? They didn’t bring anything to share! They didn’t even come to church!” Some were magnificent and got this completely: they showed grace and love – one older man who was called David always walked with a limp – one leg being shorter than the other – well, he saw a homeless man coming into the church hall on crutches this man had lost his leg above the knee in a motorcycle accident…David got up, hobbled over to him, pulled out the chair for him and said “Welcome old son let me get you some food want tea, coffee? water? It’s hot out today! Sit yourself down.” Others also got over their initial alarm and talked to the guests and made them feel welcome. They realized that Jesus was there joining them for lunch that day and they made them welcome.
What would Jesus say to this? My guess is… “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat and to drink I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Who do you meet in the course of your day? You may be surprised.