God came down, became a human and saved us. That’s amazing. Think on that for a moment. But also know that we can’t know for sure what Jesus would have looked like. We weren’t there (unless you’re a very old vampire), and they didn’t have cameras. But we can make educated assumptions.
I am by no means a historian, a theologian or an anthropologist, so don’t take anything I’m about to say as truth or fact. But I have done research and like to think I at least somewhat know what I’m talking about.
The refugee situation has gotten me thinking. What sort of moral obligation do we, as humans, have to other people? And more specifically, what obligations do Christians have to help those who need it? Setting aside political or economic reasons and just focusing on morally, should we allow the refugees into our country? Would you allow them into your home?
Unfortunately, due to what our culture has ingrained in us and systematic oppression, a lot of people would not invite non-whites, specifically middle eastern people, into their home. If a Muslim needed housing for the night and a warm meal, what would you do? What about a fellow Christian? Would that change your decision in any way?
I think if the man in this picture walked through a town, maybe in the south of North America, and needed kindness, too many people would close their doors.
But what if it was Jesus? An average looking, dark skinned man, from the Middle East. Not a pretty white guy with golden locks straight out of a Nicholas Sparks novel.
We know Jesus came from the line of David and that he was Jewish. He was a Nazarene from the Middle East.
In Isaiah 53, verse 2 it says (NIV): “He had no beauty of majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”
When you picture Jesus, it’s very likely the image you have is completely off.
So if Jesus came to your door, would you open it?