Jesus Would Look in Your Refrigerator

Love Tears Down Every Wall

If Jesus met you, like some Texans I know, he would walk into your house, give you a big hug, look in your refrigerator and ask if you had anything good to eat. Then he would stay for dinner and talk to you as long as you wanted. We, on the other hand, carefully observe the social rules of etiquette.

If Jesus saw a group of people, he might gravitate to the homeless or the prostitute or the sick person instead of the celebrities or presidents or the rich. We, in contrast would probably avoid the former and run for the camera if we saw a celebrity. We tend to sort the worthy into categories and label others as someone who might be worthy, but someone to avoid most of the time. The problem with labels, categories and rules is that they create distance and division. Sometimes the division even becomes a reason for hate or war.

The disciples of Jesus tried to educate Him on the people, customs and classifications that He should avoid.The trouble with that is they thought he was like them, overly concerned about customs and social norms. The truth is, he said rules were made for people, not people for the rules.

Children

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.~Antoine de Saint-Exupery," The Little Prince" 1943

When you have the openness, innocence and simple faith of a child, you become vulnerable and so many, like the pilot in The Little Prince, steel themselves against it. It takes trust and faith to drop your guard and be like that, but the best that life has to offer is only available that way.

When little children were brought to Jesus, his disciples tried to keep them away as if He was too busy for such distractions. Jesus surprised them by saying: "Don't send them away for of such is the kingdom of God" and He took them and blessed them.

Another time He took a little child and said to His disciples and those around Him that if you want to be a part of my kingdom, in fact, whoever wants to be the greatest in the kingdom must become as a little child. He also said that whoever receives a child in His name receives Him. Jesus identified himself with children.

Women and Ethnic Groups

By the time Jesus began his ministry, the religious establishment had taken the rules God had given them and added to them their own traditions which they used to shun certain ethnic groups and women. At a well in enemy territory, Jesus picked a woman, a woman with a loose reputation, to take a message of hope to people that the religious elite would never have given the time of day.

One day, Jesus was sitting at a famous well in the country of Samaria when a woman came to get water. His disciples had gone to the town to get food or they certainly would have tried to stop what took place next. Jesus spoke to her (a very great taboo since the Jews and Samaritans were sworn enemies) and asked her for water. She pointed out the ethnic barriers and asked how he could be talking to her. He replied, "If you knew who it was that was asking, you would ask of him and he would give you living water."

She was a feisty, independent woman and so they went back and forth for a while and Jesus, being Jesus, revealed things, touched her heart and she was a changed woman. She went into the city and brought many of the Samaritans to hear him, saying--"Come see a man who told me everything I've ever done!" He befriended and changed a woman of a taboo culture and together they brought a message of hope and peace and broke down walls of separation that were centuries old.

Occupations

People are often judged by their occupation. Consider the many jokes about lawyers and politicians.

I was really too honest of a man to be a politician and live ~ Socrates

How do you tell if a lawyer is lying? His lips are moving.

In the first century, IRS agents or tax collectors as they were called then, were the lowest of the low. The Jews were conquered by the Romans and were forced to pay tribute. It was bad enough that the Romans taxed them, but some of their own people actually agreed to work for them and helped gather the taxes from their own people.

Jesus was on tour, feeding crowds by miraculously turning a child's lunch into a banquet for thousands, healing everyone who was brought to him and dazzling everyone with his wisdom and wonderful words. The crowd was following him through the streets when he stopped, looked up in a tree and addressed the man who was perched there---

Zaccheus was a tax collector who, despite getting rich by ripping off his fellow Jews, was not happy. His life was missing something. Success did not satisfy the hunger in his heart and when he heard Jesus was coming through, he decided he would see for himself. Being extremely short, he climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see above the crowd. Jesus was riding a temporary wave of fame and popularity and could have been a guest in any mansion of the city. Instead, he called for Zaccheus to come down and get his house ready for him and his entourage.

After Zaccheus fed and entertained them, he made an astonishing pronouncement. He said he would pay back four times what he had overcharged people in his tax collecting.

Labeled People: Sinners and Prostitutes

My favorite example of Jesus ignoring labels occurred when he was a guest of the rich pharisee, Simon (Not Simon Peter). While he and Jesus were relaxing in his house, a woman known to Simon as a prostitute, came in and brought some very expensive perfume and water and began to wash Jesus' feet. Simon watched this and thought to himself if Jesus was a prophet he would know what kind of woman she was and he wouldn't let her wash his feet. Jesus, being Jesus, replied to Simon's thoughts.

“Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” “A certain moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii and the other fifty. “When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”


And turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair. “You gave Me no kiss, but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. “You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
-Luke 7:36-50

I couldn't improve on that.

It is fascinating to me that the One who inhabits eternity all at once--unlike we who must experience it one second at a time--the One who is the Alpha and Omega--beginning and end of all--chose to experience time with us and become Immanuel (God with us) and describe to us who He is by saying He is the God of the present--I Am. He could be anywhere in eternity but He chooses to identify with us where we are--in the present, with us in the only day we ever have--today...and today,  if He visits you, let Him look in your refrigerator.

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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

Wonderful writing you have done here. Very informative.Jesus did spend alot of time with the cast outs of society during His ministry according to New Testament documentation. He came to save the sinners,heal the sick and preach the message of life the way it should be. Blessings and welcome to Hubpages


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Very good hub with an excellent new slant on how Jesus was different from mankind, yet still presented an attainable lifestyle.

Many thanks.

John


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thanks Artin, I need all the blessing I can get. :)

Its we sick that need the physician.

Aquasilver thanks for stopping by. I'm glad that the lifestyle is attainable through grace.


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Madison22 6 years ago from NYC

Winsome, thank you so much for a truly wonderful hub.

I was touched by every paragraph in so many ways. :-)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

I'm so glad Madison. I love the image of Jesus walking into my kitchen and opening the fridge. He does that with hearts so why not. =:)


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

as always informative and entertaining, bookmarked and Stumbled Upon.


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

What a lovely Hub. It is wonderful to read a Christian Hub with a hint of humour that remains very respectful.

I love that image of Jesus looking in my fridge!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Rebecca so nice of you to come. (I sound like Eliza Doolittle)As you know, I dote on your hubs. So glad you liked this one. =:)

2patricias thank you so much! I've enjoyed your comments on the hubs and now you are so gracious in my very own kitchen. =:) I'm glad this article achieved those three things, it's what I try to do always.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

Great hub, I agree with you Jesus would care more about those in need then the the rich and famous! I like the angle you took for this.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you WF. We were/are his "peace corps" assignment and the ones most in need of peace can expect him to show up. I need lots of help, maybe that's why he keeps showing up. =:)


Ghost32 6 years ago

Winsome, I'm not a Christian--but once was, and have in fact read the King James Version of the Bible cover to cover more than once. Based on that bit of experience, I'd say you've captured the essence of Jesus and his teachings as well as any other writer I've encountered to date...and better than most.

Certainly few could better that title!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Ghost, so glad you stopped by. It was a happy day for me when I realized I didn't have to know God through religion, but through relationship. Love that living water. =:)


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I honestly could not take my eyes off of this hub unfortunately I am one of those who loves and trusts everyone which is not always good. I am blessed by a husband who protects, defends and keeps me in the right direction. Luke7: 36-50 is one of my favorite verses, you so eloquently wrote a hub with absolutely clear understanding. :)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

AEvans, I'm so glad you stopped by. There should be another beatitude for you---Blessed are those who love and trust without discrimination for they will be loved in return. =:)


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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

This is a truly awesome hub. You've painted a beautiful picture here. This is the Jesus that people are searching for, and the one that so few are finding in 'church'.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Stan, thank you for the kind words. Since we are made in the image of God seems right he would make himself at home when he's welcome. =:)


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Our ministry spends every single day with those the rest of society has pushed aside. Prostitutes, the homeless, drug addicts, gangbangers and those who most desperately need deliverance. We do this in Baltimore City.

God does in fact make himself right at home. When we go to the places even the Baltimore Police Department doesn't like, God is there.

This Hub needed to be written and the downtrodden need to be recognized as human beings with feelings. Their shattered self image and destroyed sense of self work boils down to desperation and frustration. We see it daily.


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

I love this hub-beautifully written.I like to think Jesus would come and look into my fridge and feel welcome in my home.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you Unchained, for your kind comments and for your dedication to the "least of these." I am sure your love and service is met with great gratitude as evidenced by the woman in the story above. Blessings

Itakins I am confident Jesus would feel welcome in your home and you are always welcome in my hubs. =:)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great job- I'm with you. Thanks for creating this hub. Great job. These are words to live by.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

I couldn't ask for a finer compliment MD. My fridge is always open to you. =:)


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Winsome, thank you for putting this one together. What a wonderful down to earth picture you paint of Jesus. Loved it!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Dutchess, what a wonderful down to earth plan God had. =:) So happy you liked it.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Lovely hub. So often, we forget the true message of Jesus and I am glad that you pointed it out. When we are ready to condemn someone for being the wrong sort of person, we need to remember what He really stood for.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Dolores I'm chuckling to myself because if he turned away the "wrong sort of person" I wonder how many of us would qualify. A lot of people think that church membership or a pedigree of accomplishments makes them a christian when his benchmark was simple. "They will know you are my disciples if you love each other."


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

I love the fact that you quoted from "The Little Prince," one of my favorite books! Thanks, Winsome.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

You are very welcome M'Lady.

Blaise Pascal, one of the great minds of all time said: "In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." "It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason." When you look with the heart, as the Little Prince did, you find a very personal, a very loving God who knows how to meet us where we live. Thank you for stopping by.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

not only did you quote from my favorite book ever, but you quoted and showed the image of my favorite line in the book.

I used to work in a public school and the librarian knew I loved a certain kind of book. She walked up to me and said, I know you will treasure this and gave me a special 50th anniversary illustrated hardcover version of The Little Prince. It is priceless to me.

I think you're right about JC. big hug and where's the wine and bread? ;) wonderful work here.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Ha ha Rebekah, of course being from Texas, you are apt to find milk and corn bread in my fridge. What a great gift the librarian gave! It is a treasure. I think the things we love say a lot about us--big as Texas hug right back. =:)


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allpurposeguru 6 years ago from North Carolina

Amen, brother, amen! Preach it! Preach it! I'm going to enjoy reading more of your stuff!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey thanks for stopping by APG, glad you enjoyed it.


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Ana Louis 4 years ago from Louisiana

Well, I am a little late to the party as usual; however I really liked this hub. Jesus, my best friend by the way, always addressed the heart of a matter, because that is the core of his message - the heart. When God occupies the heart Jesus is never just a visitor, but a much loved family member.

Thanks.


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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi Ana,welcome to the party that's just beginning. Thank you for the visit and those nice words. You are right about the heart of the matter. Trouble with us is we often miss it--Jesus had a way of touching ordinary life in a way that transforms our thinking and our hearts. =:)

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