JESUS IN TODAY'S WORLD

Jack E. Boal

Have you ever wondered where Jesus would fit in society if He were on earth today in the flesh? From what I read in the four gospels, He was not the kind of a man that is portrayed by our artists today. They picture Him in a long, flowing, clean robe with almost perfectly groomed hair and beard.

The Jesus in the scriptures was a man among men. He traveled on foot and scavenged off of the land and generosity of the people, not having a place to retire at night, unless provided by some hospitable family. He was a fugitive of the system, hunted by political and religious leaders, who sought to imprison or kill Him. When He did "go to church," He was usually shunned or asked to leave!

I agree with the tract printed by the Christian Motorcyclists Association titled, "HE WOULD HAVE RIDDEN A HARLEY!" It says: "Jesus the Biker ... He was a lot like you and me. The government didn't like him. The church thought He was weird. His friends were few. What friends He had denied Him. He was persecuted by hypocrites. He hung around people like you and me, not the goody-two-shoes Pharisees. Yes, if Jesus were on this earth in the flesh He would be next to you on His Harley telling you He loved you ... enough to die for you.

Jesus told His disciples, "...If you love me, the things that I do will you do also (John 15: 14). If we would truly be like Jesus, most of us would have to make some radical changes. I don't see Jesus laying out His Sunday clothes on Saturday night, getting up on Sunday morning, going to church, returning home to Sunday dinner, and calling it a week. That was not His conception of spirituality.

I don't see a man who spent His formative years in a Seminary and then went out to become chief priest or head-honcho of the Pharisees so He could speak at conventions and direct tours to the Holy Land.

I see a man among men. I see Him riding a motorcycle into the circle at a motorcycle rally, shaking hands and offering the peace that passes all understanding to those who are floundering in a world of evil and sickness. I see Him on the highways and byways giving a cup of cool water to the thirsty. I see Him in the ghettos, the prisons, the rest homes. I see Him at a Braves game, on the street-corners, spending the night in "Hobo-village", spending His days in the hospital waiting rooms and in the witness rooms at the courthouse. I see Him in the centers for the homeless, offering Himself in service and ministering.

Have you seen Him lately?