‘Downhere’ have a song called “would somebody show me the real Jesus?”

i think that’s my theme song at the moment. i’m a bit fed up with the Jesus we see on TV. the Jesus that we see with long hair, a nice beard and a bath robe on. the Jesus who votes for a certain political party or goes to a certain church. the Jesus who dislikes certain people because of how they look or the places they frequent. the Jesus who dresses well. the Jesus on our postcards, powerpoints and badges. the Jesus who is mild mannered and kind. the Jesus who presents us with our ticket to heaven. the Jesus who has 3 points to make about every subject on earth, and they all begin with p or r.


and so sparked by my post yesterday i have been thinking through what the real Jesus really looks like. i’ve come up with 3 things so far…

1. the real Jesus is ugly 

“There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.” Isaiah 53:2

this suggests that if i walked past the real Jesus i wouldn’t have given him a second glance. he wasn’t good looking. he was the most fashionable bloke around. he wouldn’t have been picked first in the playground. in fact, he was probably a bit like me.

2. i don’t know very much about the real Jesus

“Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written” John 21:25

there are a lot of books in the world. and yet they can’t contain all that could be written about Jesus. there’s so much still to discover. there is more to suss out. we haven’t heard the half of it. i only know a tiny percentage of stuff about the real Jesus.

3. the real Jesus is fully God and fully human

perhaps i’ve looked at Jesus before as some creature who is half god and half human, rather than being fully God and fully human all at the same time. but that’s probably what i’m loving most about Jesus at the minute – his humanity. the fact that God became like me yet never lost any of his divinity just blows my mind.

and i’ve so much more to discover. would somebody show me the real Jesus?