“I Was Naked” – Crazy Things Jesus Said – Matthew 25:36

I was naked. Crazy Things Jesus Said - Matthew 25:36

‘I Was Naked’ – Yep, Jesus said that too.

Jesus said a lot of crazy things, and believe it or not, the phrase ‘I was naked’ was one of the crazy things He said. It was right before He said that He was sick and ended up spending some time in jail too.

Just in case you don’t believe me, here’s the entire quote right out of the Bible.  Matthew 25:36

I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me. – Matthew 25:36 amp

Is It Time to Call The Tabloids?

Imagine if there had been YouTube or the Enquirer had been around at that time. Jesus was absolutely the most controversial person alive at the time, and some of the statements He made were undoubtedly the subject of some hilariously inaccurate rumors.

This statement would probably would have ended up as a mash-up remix and would have been viral by sheep shearing time the next day. Humor aside though, what was Jesus doing naked, sick, and in jail???

Naked… Sick… In Jail…  Jesus???

I honestly love the way Jesus communicated His ideas. He would make an outlandish statement and then follow it up with an explanation that was life changing. Jesus followed this particular statement up with another one in Matthew 25:40.

‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ – Matthew 25:36 amp

You see, Jesus was doing what He did best. He was bringing all of the relevance of religion into the reality of right now.

 

Are you overlooking Jesus?

What would you do today if you were invited to a local prison and saw some 30 year old guy in the corner of a cell naked and puking his guts out.  Seriously, would you think to yourself… “I wonder if that’s Jesus in there?”

I highly doubt it, but that’s the point He was making. The way you embrace the people in this lifetime is the Christ will embrace you in the next.

 

Practical Christianity.

If you roll up your windows and pull into the other lane so that you don’t have to look at the homeless woman asking for spare change, then go ahead and wave at Jesus standing beside her next time.

Every week, 30,000 deaths occur from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions. Of those, 90 percent are children under the age of 5.  (source – Charity Water) How many of them are ‘the least of these’ that we overlook?

It’s not just about those who are homeless and hungry though. What about those people who are just faces in your day.  Pretty faces, ugly faces, happy faces, sad faces, kind faces, and cruel faces. Each face we meet is an opportunity to express love and gratitude to Christ.

Entertaining Angels

Every person you meet today was created in God’s image and is loved deeply by Him. So much so that He views our actions towards them as actions towards Himself. Hebrews 13:2 even says that by showing hospitality to strangers, some people have even entertained angels without knowing it.

 

The Challenge:

Jesus understood that religion can very quickly become just that.  A religion. His desire is for us to embrace something that was much more significant.  A relationship.

Because of that, I have a simple and yet powerful challenge for you today. Everywhere you go today: at work, at home, in the store, walking to your car, or sitting in a restaurant – look for Jesus. I want you to acknowledge Your savior in every single face you meet today. How would you respond if it were Him looking back at you through their eyes.

If you are bold and committed enough to try it, I’d love to hear how it impacts you.

Crazy Things Jesus Said by Jeremy Binns

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Jeremy BinnsWhen I'm not trying to save the world from the coming zombie invasion, I love my wife, hug my daughters, write, photograph, listen, observe, explore, and worship.View all posts by Jeremy Binns →

  • Rob

    What??? Seriously? Are you a believer or atheist being sarcastic? Hard to tell… The son of god? Creator of the universe couldn’t help his son sitting in jail?

    • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

      Hi Rob, thanks for stopping by. If you’ll read the next verses in this passage, I think it becomes apparent that the point that Jesus was making was that ‘the way we treat people’, even the obscure who we often overlook is a direct reflection of the depth of our relationship with Him. Passing by those in need is, in this story, just as if we had passed by Him. Hope that answers both questions. …just in case though, yes I am a believer.

      • Rob

        Hey Jeremy,
        While I grew up as a Catholic as a kid going to Sunday school I always had doubts but felt if I asked questions about God in church I would be ridiculed. It’s seems even today as an adult I can’t speak about religion to my family, Christian associates and friends. It’s like Taboo! Since studying the bible, I have to say I am shocked! I have more doubt and questions than ever.

        People feel uncomfortable when you question god… Jesus… The bible. Why is that?! Most Christians I know have never read the bible?

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

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