Mistaken Identity

A few years ago, our men’s ministry invited Bernie Carbo to speak for our fall men’s retreat. He has an amazing story about God transforming his life.

Bernie Carbo played Major League Baseball for more than ten years and a highlight of his career came when he hit a two-out home run in the eighth inning in game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

One story he told was about the time when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He arrived in the clubhouse and noticed a guy shining shoes. Carbo gave him $20 and told him to go get him a cheeseburger and fries.

It was later after he received his burger and fries he learned that the man he had sent to buy a burger and fries was none other than Mr. Yawkey, the owner of the Boston Red Sox.

I’ve thought about this story many times since hearing it and have been amazed at the graciousness of Mr. Yawkey to take the $20 and run an errand for a young player.

A mistaken identity like this one can make for a great story, however, it is nowhere near the severity of the mistaken identity we will talk about on Sunday.

We continue our series through the Gospel of John and will study from John 1:9-13. In these verses, we learn that Jesus came to earth and the world did not even recognize Him. To make matters worse, His own people rejected Him.

Ultimately, we have much to learn from Jesus, the Light of the world who took on flesh and came to earth and I am excited to share a few thoughts God has been teaching me.