How do you imagine Jesus? When I was younger I actually thought he was Robert Powell (for those of you not old enough to know, which among my friends is alarmingly high!) he was the actor who played Jesus in the film Jesus of Nazareth. This was my only reference for Him which lined up well with what I had been taught from being brought up in the catholic faith. It all seemed to fit so well, the long wavy hair, piercing blue eyes, kindness in his face and the long white robe (the all important long white robe).
Is that what Jesus looked like when He walked the earth? Maybe, maybe not, I don’t know but it doesn’t really matter to me. The way I see Jesus when I think about Him, talk to Him or talk about Him is completely different now to what I thought back then. He is so relevant to us in the here and now and is with us in everything we face.
My Jesus, the one I have come to know and love for myself, is my best friend, my brother, the love of my life. I can laugh with Him, cry with Him, question Him, tell Him what I think knowing there is nothing I can do to stop Him loving me. He thinks I rock, He is my rock, I make Him laugh, I make Him cry, everything I do is an adventure with Him, I am free to be, no expectations, no limits.
When I am spending time with Him I see us walking along a beautiful white sandy beach with sand dunes, the sun shining on us, the sound of the waves on the shore and the wind blowing in our hair. He is wearing His jeans and a shirt, nothing on His feet, His dark but shorter hair being tousled as we walk along hand in hand. It’s my favourite place to be and the peace I know as we spend that time together is beyond description. There is no striving, no trying to impress or say the right thing. He knows me, He created me, I am at peace with Him and I am at peace with myself.
You can know that peace and the freedom to be known and loved exactly as you are without question. He is just waiting for you to invite Him in.
Sending much love to you