I’m sure it’s crossed your mind. Aren’t you the least bit curious as to what Jesus looked like? I know I’ve thought about it more than once. What about his demeanor? I mean, was he just a “nice” person to hang around with or how did relate to others? We have a variety of pictures painted for us in scripture, don’t we? Controversy was a major part of our Savior’s life. Even from the outset we see a picture of Joseph trying to put Mary away privately because of Jesus being conceived by God’s Holy Spirit. And, what about the time Joseph and Mary had traveled a day’s journey and realized Jesus wasn’t among them only to return to the city to find him debating the scholars? He healed the sick on the Sabbath: taboo to devout Jews. Christians were accused of being cannibals because of what He said in John 6 in regard to eating his flesh and drinking his blood. He was accused of being a drunkard. His own family thought he was crazy and tried to take Him home during one part of His recorded ministry. If you want to follow Jesus there’s one thing you and I need to appreciate about Him…He wasn’t just a “nice” individual. One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed from how people reacted toward Jesus at one time and how they react to Him now: the religious people who surrounded Him as he walked the earth HATED him. If you are a student of the scriptures, however, you also see that sinners and tax collectors LOVED him. Today, the religious people claim to love Jesus yet the non-religious folks seem to be at odds with Him. Has Jesus changed? Did he all of a sudden become nice to religious people and mean to sinful people? I’m told in Hebrews 13: 8 that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. So what, or who has changed? Could it be that our understanding of who Jesus truly is has changed? Do we “as religious folk” present Jesus to be the same Savior who saved us from our sin? And, do we just try to be nice so they see Jesus? Piercing questions, I know…but ones I believe we should ask ourselves from time to time.
Have a blessed day, and remember the one who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.