What Jesus Would Look Like In 2016

January 12th, 2016 by Elroy Byam

Backpack outdoor Lifestyle hiking camping equipmentWhat would Jesus look like if he were here today?

I’ve always wondered about this question. In my opinion, he’d be a 5’10” bearded homeless man in his early 30s. Up top, he’d don a plain white T-shirt; below he’d have khaki shorts a few shades darker than his “yeast-from-the-mid-east” complexion.  He’d carry a 70L size backpack – you know; the one artistic nomads wear when aiming to “see the world”? Only He’d be doing more than seeing the world.

He’d be changing it.

When Jesus first arrived, He came unlike what many expected. He was no Saul, no “head-and-shoulders-above-the-rest” mold. This confused many, because as humans we expect our heroes to stand out and shine (bright star notwithstanding). Jesus took another route. He dialogued with fishermen, tax-collectors, prostitutes, you name it. There was no favoritism. And so it would be today:

The guy that always gets picked last at basketball open rec games? Jesus wants him first.

The girl whose stutter keeps her out of most social circles? Jesus can’t wait to talk with her.

The woman who’s gossiped about in church due to marital issues? Jesus looks to heal her heart and her home.

Believe it or not, Jesus is in all of them. And today he’s counting on us to be accountable for those who count – which is everyone.

Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked and ignored, that was me – you did it to me.’ – Matt 25:40 MSG

So what would Jesus look like if he were here today?

The answer might be in the eyes of the nearest homeless man.

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2 Responses to “What Jesus Would Look Like In 2016”

  1. On April 14, 2016 at 8:10 pm James responded with... #

    Having watched an old musical/movie, called ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ didn’t give me the feeling of the Jesus of the Bible. I guess reading about something we use our imagination vs. seeing something on the screen.
    Jesus, would probably be dressed as a common man of today. Coveralls perhaps? A neatly trimmed beard and depending upon the season and where timberland boots or sandals. Probably stopping by an abortion clinic to give to there clients hope, love and understand but more so an alternative.
    Then maybe he’d be fishing off a beach somewhere.
    God bless all you beautiful peeps.

  2. On May 7, 2016 at 7:37 pm Cavell Scott responded with... #

    This is a good question. I think he would look like a regular guy but with a personality that draws people to him. I wouldn’t think of Jesus as being homeless; He always had somewhere to go and that would also not be different. God is unchanging. People would invite him to their homes and probably want him to stay longer than he intended. I think he would like the outdoors and camping with him would be something.

    Overall, I believe Jesus would be someone unforgettable; someone who could and would make friends easily, someone they would all welcome in their homes yet He would always be on the move.

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