- Jesus Family Tree Included Murderers, Prostitutes, Liars, And Everything In Between.
Do you know your family history? It is true that every family has secrets. Some can be small and insignificant, but others are painful and embarrassing that you wish would stay under wraps for good. Probably, you have discovered that you have an unfaithful uncle, an alcoholic aunt, or a prostitute cousin.
Well, I know some of my relatives, who are gambling addicts, and for that, I feel so ashamed and embarrassed. Of course, I’m expecting that my family tree is perfect, or at least it includes a lot of amazing people. But I guess, that’s what really life is. All of us don’t have a perfect family because first of all, we are not perfect. In fact, Jesus came from a messed-up family too! His genealogy (Matthew 1:1-16) included prostitutes, liars, adulterers, cheaters, and even murderers.
The imperfect family tree of Jesus reminds us that no matter what you’ve done in your life or what your family history may be, there’s a room for all of us in God’s family.
- Jesus Had A Sense Of Humor.
I am often amazed to see the reaction of people when I tell them the idea of Jesus laughing. In fact, there’s one time that I showed a picture of Him laughing to one of my friends, and when she saw it, she had that weird expression on her face while saying, “Oh no, there’s no way Jesus would laugh like that!”
Well, it’s natural for us to react that way when we are asked about the idea of Jesus laughing, since we are used to seeing pictures of Christ nailed to the cross with gloomy and sad facial expression. While it’s true that Jesus suffered, crucified, and wept (John 11:35) , this doesn’t mean that Jesus never had a lighthearted moment, or He never laughed. The Bible says that Jesus was fully human (John 1:14) – He got tired, He got hungry, He got thirsty, and He died just like everybody else. And the fact that Jesus felt all range of human emotions indicates that He laughed, too!
A glimpse of Jesus’ sense of humor can be discovered in these famous verses in Matthew. He said, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Taken literally, these verses seem funny and silly. Just imagine a man with a big piece of wood in his eye! Of course, this is humor with a purpose – but regardless, it’s still humor. And that’s exactly the point. Jesus encouraged laughter.
Sure, there’s no verse in the Bible that says ‘Jesus laughed’, but this doesn’t prove that He never did it. After all, there are no verses in the Scripture that specifically say Jesus took a bath, brushed His teeth, or shampooed His hair, right?
- Jesus had short hair.
No one knows for certain the actual looks of Jesus Christ, but He is often depicted in paintings with blue eyes, long beard, and long, flowing hair. This can probably be attributed to the earliest Christian paintings that came out in the 15th century, which were purely artists’ conceptions. This Jesus was their imagination of Him, and not the Jesus of the Bible. The Scripture contains no reference to His appearance, much less a description of him; so we have no way of knowing what He really looked like.
However, the Bible tells something about ‘hair’ that might be helpful to us. One verse of special interest is 1 Corinthians 11:14, where Paul said, “Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him?” While Paul’s statement doesn’t exactly indicate the length of Jesus’ hair, he does reveal that Jesus had likely short hair than Jewish females during His time here on earth. Although there were some notable men in the Bible with long hair, such as Samson and John the Baptist, Jewish men traditionally kept their hair shorter than Jewish women.
But of course, as with the color of His eyes or size of His beard, the length of His hair ultimately doesn’t matter. He came here on earth to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).