Name: J. Michael “Mac” McKoy
Occupation: Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host
Favorite verse: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me, woos them to me, and I will raise them up at the last day.” – John 6:44
Why this verse is important to Mac:
Mugged by Jesus
I have always been a GOD guy…stating many times…”I don’t get this Jesus thing.”
“If I have a relationship with The Father…why do I need one with the Son?” If asked if I was a Christian…I would respond, “I am an Episcopalian.”…further explaining that Christians were kinda freaky…way too joyful.”
Yet…John 14:6 haunted me: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Well that verse certainly couldn’t apply to me… “I’m J. Michael McKoy. I’m “Special.” Then Jesus Mugged me.
On July 20th 2011, I was awakened in the middle of the night by my dog standing upright on the bed…howling at me. I was sweating and cold all at the same time. When I was able to gather all my senses, I recalled a dream or vision I had just had. I was running to the “light”, knowing the light was GOD and I was going “home.”
Listen to “Homesick” by Mercy Me:
At the last minute, Jesus steps in from the side…wagging his finger back and forth in my face and said: “I don’t know you!”
I was beside myself…and very fearful for several days to come. What did this mean? Could a relationship with Jesus and the Trinity really be something I needed? I finally sought the council of several Pastors and they agreed they didn’t clearly know what it meant… but given my “I don’t get this Jesus thing” and my reluctance to except the bible verse John 14 :6, they all agreed, I had better begin to pray for a relationship with Jesus.
So I did…if I wasn’t speaking out loud, I was silently praying…”GOD, please give me a relationship with Jesus.” Over and over and over I prayed this. I feared GOD would punish me and make me wait the rest of my days to have a relationship with Jesus. After All, I blasphemed Jesus by denying him for 50 years. Why should GOD answer MY prayer?
Then 19 days later, on Aug 8th, on my way to an early morning bible study, R.C. Sproul, an Evangelical Pastor spoke to me through a sermon on the radio. At 6:10 in the morning, R.C. Sproul said: “Hey GOD guy… “The Father will “woo” you into a relationship with Jesus.” That verse comes from John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me woos them to me, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
At that moment in time, something happen to me. I felt a “Peace” and “Serenity” overcome my body. Pure Joy. “Makarios…GOD’s never-ending & unstoppable JOY!” I have discovered that the feeling I was experiencing was the Holy Spirit consuming me. Nothing would ever be the same again.
I called it “mugged” because Jesus took from me the things I felt were important to me: MY Idols. Self Loathing. EGO. Lust. Guilt. Shame. Jesus took these things and replaced them with: Knowing GOD loved me as I am, GOD’s WILL BE done, loving my wife like Christ loved the Church & redemption.
Later that day, I was walking to my church office when I saw this picture being hung. I stopped in amazement. It was the face I recalled from my vision…the face of Jesus who wagged his finger at me stating “He didn’t know me.” It was the very first time I had ever seen a picture of GOD & Jesus in the same face.
I hunted down the artist and we have become great brothers in Christ. He shared with me that he too was haunted by that face for years and when he started to paint it, it took him over a year to finish the face… always feeling it was not quite complete. Some time in later July, in his studio, as he approached the painting, he was overcome with the feeling that the picture had “come alive” and was indeed finished. The Face of GOD & JESUS in one… was complete. It WAS the face I saw.
This picture is the most beautiful image I have ever laid eyes on, and now I share it with you.
I will pray that you’re relationship with Jesus is Amazing. Living the Trinity within you is a Peace I have never known. I pray you too will be “wooed” into a personal relationship with your Savior. You are the Daughter/ Son of a Risen King and he wants you to know HIM.
I Love you.
Your Brother in Christ,