“The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.”
– Matthew 11:19
I was watching a story about Jesus’ temptation yesterday on an online channel. The devil came to tempt Jesus and there he was after fasting and praying for 40days. He sat with a stone in his hands and the devil told him to turn it to bread. When Jesus was going to speak, there came a heavy symphony and he spoke with the voice that sent chills down one’s spine… Like the heavenlies are going to come down. Okay let’s accept He was speaking with the devil and the God in Him had to put the devil in his place.
Another scenario was when He was going to walk on water. He had His hands outstretched, wearing a long robe and drifted than walked on the water. When He spoke, His voice echoed. He seemed more like a spirit than the God who became flesh. I tell you. If the disciples had been terrified to see someone walked (He walked, not drifted… LoL) on water, they would have jumped out their both and perished in the water with a demeanor like the one the director painted.
I don’t get it, why do directors do that to Jesus? Have they forgotten Jesus dined and wined in the house of a tax collector? He went for a marriage ceremony! If His mother had not told Him to get busy with the wine, He would have been there having a fun time. He was a friend to Mary Martha and Lazarus and even playfully cautioned Martha when she complained about mary not helping out with the food saying “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things.” (Luke 10:41).
I’m certain that for Jesus to have called her name twice, it would have been with a smile on His lips, and emphasis on the name. Probably shaking his head and thinking, “oh dear, Martha is too serious.”
Also, Jesus washed his disciples feet! C’mon now, I really don’t think someone with a voice that echoed, walking with his hands stretched out and always serious would bend to wash the feet of his disciples. Nah!
I have painted a different picture of Jesus in my mind. He’s friendly, He’s jovial. The kind of God that came in flesh and would put a Canaan woman to an extreme test that compared her to dogs (Matthew 15:26), the kind that would go to a centurion’s house at the first call, though He hardly knew him. This has helped me communicated better with Him. He is my Lord, my friend, my brother, my father. We joke, we laugh, we get serious, we hug. We are so close and He is holding me right now.
Are you getting the picture? It’s time to break free from the stereotype!
These are my thoughts… Share yours with us. God bless!
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