Hey there! It is us again, Steven, Isaiah and Solomon (SIS). Welcome back to our Blog Post 3, the finale post! In this entry, we would be discussing on several "fun-facts" that occurred during Jesus' life, while using creative content via social media to depict a "Modern Day Jesus Point of View"! Lets go!
Disclaimer: As Christian-writers, we took into full consideration what might be sensitive to others. If you feel uncomfortable in any part of our blog post, please feel free to talk to us and we will definitely accommodate your requests. We only want to inject humour into the learning of world civilization and history, to create a deeper understanding and empathy into the different times and eras of others. - SIS.
1. JESUS AND HIS BIRTH!
Jesus Christ. A Jewish preacher and a religious leader who can be often said was the central figure of Christianity. Also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, Yeshua, the Messiah, and the Son of God, Jesus Christ was born in 4 B.C.E, around 2020 years ago! According to academic studies, the exact birth date of Jesus Christ is unknown.
Why then is 25th December commonly celebrated as Jesus' birth date? Well, it all comes down to Pagan beliefs. The Encyclopædia Britannica says that church leaders probably chose it “to coincide with the Pagan Roman festival marking the ‘birthday of the unconquered sun,’” at the time of the winter solstice. According to The Encyclopedia Americana, many scholars believe that this was done “in order to make Christianity more meaningful to Pagan converts.”
However, 25th December still remains as the modern-age remembrance of Jesus' birth date due to the long-standing celebration of it over the many centuries, as well as society's lack of receptiveness to change.
2. JESUS, A CARPENTER!
Before beginning his spiritual ministry, Jesus Christ was often assumed to be a carpenter. This was as such because Jesus' step-father, Joseph, was a carpenter by trade. In the scripture, Jesus was often referred to as the "carpenter", or "the carpenter's son".
However, there were 2 uncertainties that were often tackled by academics. For starters, it was vaguely unclear as to whether Jesus was a carpenter or not. In the two passages of the Bible mentioned above, there were only two instances where Jesus's carpentry background was mentioned, and they were of similar accounts. As the scripture was only "questioning" Jesus's actual profession. Hence, it was not specifically clear as to whether he was a carpenter. Furthermore, the specificity of Jesus' job was questioned along with the translation of the Greek Word for "carpenter". It seemed, as mentioned by this article, that there was multiple evidences that the Greek word for "carpenter" could have been loosely translated from "handyman", "craftsman" or "contractor". From a modern-day point of view, our take on it is that Jesus' profession would be similar to a construction expert who handled the architectural design, both planning and physical aspects of a landmark.
Although this piece of information would not lead to a historical breakthrough, it did paint us a more vibrant approach to Jesus' career paths before his spiritual journey, as compared to the static Biblical Scripture.
On a lighter-note, we can't help but to wonder, then, what would Jesus do if he had such expertise in the modern-day context? Hmm. A simple search on jobstreet.com has actually pointed us to career paths as a "Site-Project-Engineer", "Technical Engineer", or even "Production Technician"! Interesting career paths for the son of God :-).
3. JESUS CAN MULTIPLY FOOD!
One of the most significant events in the spiritual journey of Jesus’s life was "The Feeding of 5,000", which was often known as his first miracle. According to the Gospel of John, Jesus managed to feed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. He did this by breaking the bread with his hands and passing them down to his disciples, who then continued to pass the food down to the masses. This was an incredible feat, and in fact, “Christ did not just meet the need; He lavished them with so much food that there were twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish left over”. There are also reports of a similar miracle, The Feeding of 4,000.
There are many questions brought to the table on the significance of the breaking of bread, and why the Almighty did not choose to simply snap his fingers and create food for everyone out of thin air but would rather spend his time distributing the bread piece by piece after breaking them. This can be attributed the fact that Jesus wanted the people to place their trust in him, he would do more than provide for his people, but would give them an abundance of what they need. Also, online discussions have hinted on numerical symbolism. In the Feeding of 5,000, Jesus takes 5 loaves and feeds 5,000, which is a reminder of the 5 books of the Jewish Law (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy). In the Feeding of 4,000, Jesus takes 7 loaves of bread and 7 baskets were resultant. The number 7 is symbolic of completeness in the Bible, as seen from the 7 days when God made all creation.
Not fully accurate as these depictions are often inferred, but it's good food for thought, huh? (pun intended!)
4. JESUS & THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BREAD!
How is bread even relevant to Jesus Christ? Well, one of the more frequent questions posed by many when it comes to Christianity, is the significance of bread! As seen in previous points, Jesus fed thousands simply by breaking and distributing bread. Bread stands as an important keystone in Christianity, with it symbolically representing the body of the Lord himself in prayer sessions. The bread used in religious communions is called sacramental bread and it is one of the two symbols of sacrifice of the Eucharist, commonly known as Mass Service.
Breaking of bread has 2 meanings. Firstly, it represents the physical body of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, where he died for the sins of humanity. Secondly, it represents the communion of Christians coming together to recognize the blessings bestowed upon them.
Jesus seems to love bread, and there is a joint at Upper Serangoon Road that I would recommend, since I have visited it several times due to its close proximity to my (Solo's) house! It is called The Bread Table, and isn't it punny. Love it!
5. JESUS CAN CONTROL THE WEATHER AND WALK ON WATER!
You're joking, right? Jesus could control the weather? Well, yes, and no. Yes, because there was a scripture in the Bible which depicts just that. According to the Gospels, one evening Jesus and his disciplies were crossing the Sea of Galilee in a boat when a furious storm came up. Upon his disciples fearing the worst, Jesus displayed his supernatural ability to calm the elements, much to the comfort and safety of those on board. To add on, Jesus then went to test the faith of his disciples by encouraging them to walk on the water. However, only Peter was brave enough, but he still faltered, due to a slight lack of faith. He ended up sinking due to fear from looking out to the wind storm in the distance. All this was just to test and confirm the faith of his disciples, to ensure that they trust in him with their whole heart.
Despite this individual account of Jesus being able to control the weather and walk on water, we cannot conclude that he actually had the omni-authority to manipulate the elements.
In the context of the Gospels, the significance of this event showed that his disciples did not have the wholesome faith in their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, despite him being there with him. This is usually tied to modern-day believers, in an example of how faith in religion can falter when hardships come by.
If we could, we would definitely request for Jesus to reverse the effects of Global Warming and Climate Change! Seriously, all these whacky weather phenomenons are getting out of hand... can't we get some snow over here?!
6. JESUS TURNS WATER TO WINE!
Another miracle that Jesus performed was the transformation of water to wine. This was documented to have happened during a wedding at Cana, right after the wine was not sufficient for the guests attending the event. His servants brought him six stone jars for which he told them to fill with water, before turning the contents of the jars into wine. Following that, he instructed his disciples to draw wine from the jars and hand them out to the guests unbeknownst of what just happened at the back. This was a significant milestone in his journey as the son of God as he was initially reluctant to perform the transformation of water into wine. He only did so after his mother egged him to, which was rather interesting as he said to her: “Woman, why do you involve me? My hour has not yet come.” (John 2:1-11). This confirms that Jesus was still on the fence about receiving his higher calling, and required a small push from his mother before carrying out his dues. Nevertheless this act of changing water to wine brought his disciples closer to him in faith, and has been retold time and time again through the Bible as one of the miracles Jesus performed in the earlier days.
This miracle is significant to many religious Christians, as the empty jars represented the "emptiness and incompleteness" of the old covenant age, and Jesus was seen as the one who could "fill" the incompleteness of humanity.
Now let us just tell you that Jesus would be the absolute crowd pleaser at all the different clubs in Singapore. Zouk, F-Club, you name it, you got it! Free drinks on the house for everybody!
7. JESUS AND HIS LONG JOURNEY!
In the past, Jesus treaded the Earth on foot with a trusty pair of sandals. Exactly how far did he travel? According to accounts in the Gospel, it is estimated that he travelled a staggering 3,000 miles during his earthly ministry after being baptised, and that does not include the other 18,000 miles he walked since birth under inhospitable weather conditions and having no proper place to call home as he was constantly on the move. All of that was done on foot, wearing a pair of sandals. Now, that is real insane, given that we barely walk 1 mile a day!
The sandals that he wore throughout his earthly ministry have been adopted as one of the more important relics of Christ, and now currently resides in the Abbey of Prüm as its highlight since the Carolingian period.
In the 21st century though, it is not probable that Jesus would "walk" everywhere he went. Heck, even riding a bike seems ridiculous! So What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)? Jesus is going to call an uberpool, for sure! Be sure to key in his promo code "JESUSISTHEWAY"!
8. JESUS AND THE LAST SUPPER
Alas, The Last Supper. An iconic event, remembered through the famous portrait of Jesus and his disciples feasting on their final meal together, The Last Supper also signified the end of Jesus' spiritual journey on the Earth. According to the Bible, Jesus already had foreseen a betrayal from one of his disciples, Judas. Jesus also predicted that one of his disciples, Peter, would deny him in fear of being held accountable to the law as well.
Jesus was crucified the very next day, which signified the end of his mortal journey, but also the "beginning" of forgiveness for humanity.
If Jesus was based in the 21st century, it would definitely be phenomenal and it would be interesting to see how differently things would have turned out. Would he be using social media to spread his message? Or would he isolate himself from information technology, and go traditional? Usage of social media would definitely make his job a lot easier, due to globalization and the ever ‘shrinking’ world we live in. But at the same time, credibility of social media is constantly diminishing. More importantly, Jesus managed to create an extremely long lasting legacy throughout the 2 millenniums through his actions from 4 B.C.E to 33 C.E. From feeding thousands with 5 loaves of bread to walking on water and even to changing water to wine, these significant events ended up spurring on the growth of Christianity as a religion.
Thank you everyone for reading, it was honestly such an enjoyable experience.
Signing off one last time, written by Solomon, Isaiah, and Steven (SIS).