What was Jesus Like? Part 1
What Was Jesus Like?
We have heard, “WWJD: What Would Jesus Do?” But what was He like? What can we gather about Jesus’ actions and words to imagine what H
e was like as a person? That means feelings, personality, likes and dislikes, joys and sorrows. WWJL! What was Jesus Like?
The more we piece Jesus together with our thoughts, imaginations, spiritual encounters, the Magisterium (the teaching authority of the Church), Sacred Scripture, meditation, historical accounts, pastoral letters and teachings, the Doctors of the Church, and so on, the more we discover that…
Jesus of Nazareth Liked Many Things
Well, I can definitely use my imagination on this one, but I gath
er He especially liked sheep, though He had a love for all animals. His favorite food: bread (I would think He’d prefer thick, leavened bread as opposed to unleavened bread, which is tasteless and cracker-like). Even better, He probably liked bread with honey. Nevertheless, Jesus used unleavened bread at the Last Supper for the bread to become His body. At Passover, Jews eat unleavened bread and so Jesus ate unleavened bread as well. It is a reminder that the Hebrews had no time to let the bread rise when fleeing Egypt. He must have rejoiced at Passover time because it celebrates the liberation of His people from bondage in Egypt. And He knew that He was there to liberate His people from the bondage of sin and death.
I think Jesus also liked wine. He made six giant water jugs to make wine at the Wedding Feast at Cana. And He who offers living water, as He did to the W
oman at the Well, most certainly drank water out of human necessity, as well.
I think He must have liked His work. Jesus had to have been strong if He was a carpenter. He would have been very fit as He likely walked a few miles a day going to and from cities where He worked. Who knew that Jesus of Nazareth, the worker of wood would one day bear the wood on His shoulders and be nailed to it?
He probably had friends and loved them very much, but He may have been teased a lot for being “different.” After all, playing with the Son of God could bring up an array of emotions, and make one uncomfortable, inspired, or confused.
Ask the questions. Meditate. Contemplate. Enjoy. Talk to Jesus one-on-one. Did He enjoy His walks to and from Nazareth? Did He have a fondness for the lilies of the field? Did He smile a lot? If He did, did it start to hurt His face from smiling so much? Did He have a favorite color, or did He favor every color? Did He smell like wood? Or mortar? Sweat? Was His hair ever in disarray? Can you name the color of His eyes? Was His voice smooth? Did He have to clear His throat a lot before a sermon? Did He like spiders, or at least have a tolerance for them?
The list of questions goes on and on. Think about the many things Jesus liked. Did Jesus dislike anything? The next post is “What was Jesus Like? Part 2”. Jesus of Nazareth Disliked Many Things.
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