A few weeks ago, my pastor started a new series called “The Real Jesus.” He’s using the book Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge. I’ve only read the first five chapters, but I already love it and would definitely recommend it!
Basically, the main point that my pastor is trying to get across is that the way we have imagined Jesus might be all wrong. Who ever said Jesus was white? He surely didn’t always wear spotless, white clothes, did He? And why does He always appear in a scenic garden, somberly gazing toward Heaven?
My pastor (as well as John Eldredge, I think) made the point that we tend to think of Jesus as loving, kind, meek, and mild–we put Him in a box and only think of Him in a holy, perfect way. And while all of those adjectives are true, Jesus was also 100% HUMAN. He got angry, as evidenced by the story of Him flipping tables and causing chaos in the temple. The Bible says that Jesus wept for His friend Lazarus, so we know that He got sad. He felt pain and emotion just like any of us. Maybe as Jesus and His disciples traveled from place to place they joked around. Maybe Jesus ruffled Peter’s hair, slapped him on the back, or raced him to the nearest tree. There were probably a few occasions where Jesus wanted to dance, and maybe He actually did bust a move now and then.
Hebrews 4:14-15–“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan. He felt hunger the same way we do, and maybe He got a paper cut while reading from the Scriptures. He felt pain. Just imagine that with me–he felt pain. The God of the universe chose to make Himself like us so that He could sympathize with our weaknesses. He knows your pain and your struggling because He felt it Himself. I’m just absolutely in awe at that thought.
Jesus is a personal God who longs to talk to you. He’s not just some perfect, know-it-all man who died on the cross. He can also be your best friend, your buddy, your pal. I don’t think it’s irreverent to view Jesus in that light at all. He was a human being. He knows what you’re going through, so talk to Him.
I’m really loving the sermon series and the book so far, and I hope that this post has made you think more about the humanity of Jesus. I encourage you to check out Beautiful Outlaw and read it for yourself.
That’s all for today’s post, but remember: send it for Jesus!