The Day of GraceJanuary 29, 2022
El Día de GraciaFebruary 3, 2022
Have you ever wondered why people cling to the notion that Jesus was a homeless vagabond? That belief, in the most benign light, is a stubborn myth born of ignorance. At worst, it’s a devilish plot devised to defame the Lord and rob His heirs of their birthright. Either way, it’s an idea not supported by scripture.
Why is it important to prove that Jesus was a homeowner?
If I can prove to you that Jesus was a homeowner, your expectations will change.
The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. (Matthew 10:24)
If Jesus was not a homeowner, we have no scriptural basis for homeownership. If He was a homeowner, we have a scriptural right to homeownership.
The truth is, Jesus lived as a King because He was the King of Israel and the Heir Apparent to the Throne of David. Even though He was not coronated and He was not seated on an earthly throne, He was, without dispute, the King of Kings.
You believe Jesus was the hereditary King of Israel, right? In His day, most of the people in Israel recognized Him as their promised King, with the exception of the Sadducees and the Pharisees. The Magi recognized Him as the King of the Jews, as did Herod, as did Pontius Pilot. Even Blind Bartimaeus could see He was “Son of David.”
It makes no sense that the King of Israel, a greater king than Solomon, would be homeless. In fact, it’s an insult! Hmm… I wonder, who would celebrate the denigration of Jesus?
A marvelous thing happens when people stop reading the Word of God through the stained-glass windows of religion. Try reading this verse with no preconceived ideas:
Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. (John 1:38)
What does that say in plain speech? “They saw where He dwelt.” Read it again; it still says, “They saw where He dwelt.”
Jesus didn’t say, “Sorry, gentlemen, I don’t have a home. Please move along, there’s nothing for you to see...” No, He invited them to come into His house.
The New International Version says, “They spent that day with Him.”
If they were with Him all day, He would have fed them. If He invited them to spend the day, then His home must have been suitable for entertaining guests. If He entertained them all day, I can’t imagine that He was less than a gracious Host. Of course, He fed them; that was His custom.
Let me ask you a question: Do you think Jesus did the cooking, serving, and cleaning? I’ll answer that in a future blog.
This blog is one of a series of excerpts of my manuscript called Codex Rex — The Book of the King. Your comments and questions will help me improve the manuscript before publication.