It's a good question.
Now, hold on…
I don't mean this question to be facetious, flippant, disrespectful, or sacrilegious.
I want it to spur us on to some serious thought.
When my sons were young, they asked me questions about Jesus all the time.
Did He get tired and hungry?
Did He get sick?
Did He get blisters?
Did He ever have a headache?
Did He ever trip and fall?
On and on the questions went.
At first, I was tempted to think that they were being impertinent. But then I realized that they were very sincere, and that what they were really asking was this:
"Is Jesus like me?"
All these questions gave me a wonderful opportunity to tell my boys that yes, indeed, Jesus was just like us – except with no sin.
Sometimes I think about what it would be like if Jesus walked the earth today.
I like thinking about that...
What would He look like and wear?
Where would He go, and who would He talk to?
What would make Him angry, and what would break His heart?
And who would rise up against Him?
It's interesting to me to contemplate these things.
And based on what we read about Him in the Bible, I think we can make some educated guesses to answer those questions.
What would He look like and wear?
I don't think that Jesus would look like a movie star or fashion model.
I don't think He'd be dressed in designer suits, stylish sunglasses, or fancy shoes.
I don't think He'd be driving a Ferrari.
Jesus was humble and simple.
Isaiah described Jesus as looking like an ordinary man, and that there was nothing special in His appearance that would make Him stand out.
"He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him." (Isaiah 53:2, NIV)
So sure, He might be wearing jeans or cargo pants!
And maybe Birkenstock sandals???
Where would Jesus go?
I think we might be surprised at the answer to that.
I don't think He'd expect to be eating at gourmet restaurants or staying in five-star hotels.
I don't think He'd be seeking center-stage, or hungry for the spotlight.
I don't think He'd worry about crowds flocking to Him, or desire to perform in front of cheering throngs.
I don't think He'd be running for office.
Rather, I have a strong feeling that Jesus would go to places where He could encounter people in an intimate way.
(Maybe He'd find His way to the local Starbuck's, and wait for the opportunity to speak to someone?!)
He would quietly go about the business of His Father, wherever that led Him.
"'For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.'" (John 6:36, NLT)
Who would He talk to?
Again, I think we might be surprised.
Jesus was always reaching out to the marginalized, the ostracized, the minimalized, the victimized – the persecuted, the mistreated, the abused – the weak, frail, and infirm.
When I think about it, I can picture Jesus speaking to those same people today.
I can see Him on Skid Row or working in a soup kitchen. I can see Him at the feet of a homeless person.
I can see Him in hospitals and hospice care centers – with the sick and dying.
At nursing and assisted living facilities – with the old and forgotten.
On a college campus – with the seekers and the skeptics.
In a prison – with the angry and hopeless.
At a rehab clinic – with the addicted and broken.
I can see Him talking to the people that are so easily vilified by society…(and sometimes by Christians??).
People who persecute us, or whose lifestyles or religious beliefs are different than ours, or who do hateful and ugly things.
Jesus would be found in the company of those who needed Him most.
Even if it was politically incorrect, unacceptable, or scandalous.
"'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'" (Mark 2:17, NIV)
What would make Jesus angry?
This is an interesting question to ponder.
Of course, my first inclination is to think that Jesus would be angry about the things that make me angry.
Injustice, hatred, cruelty.
And yes, Jesus would be angered by these things.
But He would also be angered by things He might see in me.
Hypocrisy, self-righteousness, pride.
And Jesus would also be angered by the things He might observe within His church.
By white-washed tombs of impurity, and empty words, and prideful boasting, and false piety, and critical spirits, and unforgiving hearts, and sanctimonious posturing.
By misinterpretation and misrepresentation of God's Word.
By anything and anyone who thwarts the cause of the Gospel.
"Do not cause anyone to stumble…even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved." (1 Corinthians 10:32-33, NIV)
Jesus would be angered by the *log-in-the-eye folks* who spend so much time pointing out the *specks* in others.
What would break the heart of Jesus?
I think it's easy to think of some things – disease, affliction, suffering, loss of innocence, and the like.
He would be saddened by the way His beautiful world is broken and filled with sin.
But, I think He would also be saddened by apathy and complacency amongst His beloved followers.
As I write this, it is Palm Sunday, the remembrance of Jesus' triumphal procession into Jerusalem.
But as Jesus approaches the city, we see a most unusual reaction:
"...as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep." (Luke 19:41, NLT)
Why did He cry?
Surely not for His own sake, though He knew He was approaching the crucifixion.
No, He wept for His own:
"'How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes…because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation.'" (Luke 19:42, 44, NLT)
Jesus was anguished by those who were not saved – and His heart still bleeds for them today.
He is grieved when we who do know Him do not obey Him, when we shirk the responsibility of bringing His Gospel to others.
He is troubled when we remain in our comfort zones.
And finally, who would rise up against Him?
Truth be told, I don't think it would just be the "bad guys."
Because I think Jesus, the Person, would rail against all the artifice of "religion."
He would single-mindedly oppose counterfeit teachers and false doctrine.
He would speak out against idolatry, and all of the myriad ways that it manifests itself – fame, fortune, reputation, beauty, possessions, people.
He would hate everything fake and conceited and pretentious.
Jesus is still the two-edged sword, the One who divides households and nations.
The One who brings controversy and contention, because He stands for Truth.
He would not win a popularity contest.
"'Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.'" (Matthew 10:34, NIV)
If Jesus walked the earth today, would He still be crucified?
Sadly, my friends, I believe He would.
Because Jesus would not remain quiet.
And the world would want to silence Him.
For the heart of mankind is still proud, selfish, stubborn, and cruel.
Next Sunday is Easter.
The day when we celebrate the greatest day on earth.
The day when Jesus rose from the grave, paying our sin debt, and conquering death.
But just 40 short days later, He returned to heaven, sending the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.
So, in every real and mysterious and overwhelming way, He now walks the earth in us.
Therefore, we must go where He would go, talk to who He would talk to, be angry at what would make Him angry, and let our hearts be broken by what would break His.
We must be courageous and brave, determined and resolute, when others rise up against us.
We must open ourselves to His work in our lives, and seek to obey His calling.
We must venture out of our comfort zones.
We must represent Him well.
Would Jesus wear jeans?
But let me just say this –
Truthfully, He's wearing what YOU put on this morning…
Now go and be His hands and feet!!
How can you *wear* Jesus this week?
I'll be Your hands
I'll be Your feet
where You send me
And I'll try
to touch the world
touched my life.
(From the lyrics to "Hands and Feet" - songwriters:
Tyler Burkum, Bob Herdman, Charlie Peacock,
William McGinniss, Mark Stuart)
"This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin." (Hebrews 4:15, NLT)
"For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering." (Romans 8:13, NIV)
"Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people." (Hebrews 2:17, NLT)
"Because God's children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death." (Hebrews 2:14, NLT)
"All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."
(2 Corinthians 5:18-20, ESV)
"As God's partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God's kindness and then ignore it." (2 Corinthians 6:1, NLT)
"'You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.'" (Matthew 5:13-16, NLT)
"'…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – to the ends of the earth.'" (Acts 1:8, NLT)
"…in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…"
(1 Peter 3:15, ESV)
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19, NLT)
"Sing to the LORD; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves." (Psalm 96:2, NLT)
"I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power…" (Psalm 71:15, NLT)
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