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What If Jesus Came Back Like That

January 11, 2012

There is a great song out there by Collin Raye called What if Jesus Comes Back Like That. In the first two verses it describes a homeless man and a drug-addicted baby girl and it asks the question – what if Jesus came back like that? Then he reminds us that Jesus came the first time under very meagre circumstances – he had a great affinity with the poor! The song then closes like this:

What if Jesus comes back like that
Where will he find out hearts are at
Will he let us in or turn his back
Hey what if Jesus comes back like that
Yeh what if Jesus comes back like that
Will he cry when he sees where our hearts are at
Will he let us in or turn his back
Hey what if Jesus comes back like that
Oh what if Jesus comes back like that

Well it’s a stirring reminder, at least to me, of the importance of being loving and kind, even to those who aren’t entirely like us. There is no shortage of Bible verses that tell us that God desires mercy from his people, that he cares for every living being and that he has a special compassion for the down-trodden. And I hate to say it, but we in the so-called Christian Nations are bringing ourselves into judgement by our terrible treatment of the poor.

But friends where our cruel societies fail – that is where we who profess to believe in Jesus need to pick up the slack. We need to be the ones who are out there feeding the hungry, giving a drink to the thirsty, welcoming the strangers, clothing the naked, taking care of the sick and visiting the incarcerated. It’s not good enough to say “That’s what welfare is for”, “They made their choice now let them live with it” or “We’ll always have the poor with us.”

The state will never meet all the needs, not every down-trodden person had a choice and even those who did still need the love of Jesus and well yes we will always have the poor with us; hallelujah!

Did I really just praise the Lord that we will always have the poor with us? Yes I did – not because I am happy that they are poor. But because I am glad that we will never run out of opportunities to serve Jesus. You know, our salvation is based on our faith – but we can’t really trust our feelings to say that we have faith until we have evidence of it. Well what evidence is there – I think it’s quite simple.

When we do the things Jesus would do, say the things Jesus would say and love the way Jesus would love – then we have evidence that we have faith in him.

So what does this have to do with a hobo or a crack-addicted baby? It’s really quite simple – Jesus loves them, he would run to them, he would help them with their needs and he would have a kind word for them. Yet some will still get hung up on the word-picture of saying that Jesus is a hobo or a drug-baby. Yes it’s true – Jesus next coming will be a universal event, but the song isn’t trying to teach about the second coming. It’s asking if we would treat people the same if we looked at them and thought about Jesus – something he himself said.

Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me. Mat 25:40


From → Church, Society

  1. First to comment.

    That sort of news only stacks up on my fear. But it’s true. I also ask myself, at times… “What if Jesus comes back like that?” Would He really be faithful? Would He really never leave us and forsake us? What if we’re not authentic? What if He says to us, “I don’t know you”? There just doesn’t seem to be an end to the arrays of questions that could possibly be asked about doubting our salvation.

    • Don’t be afraid! God is always faithful, and it is he who places in us the faith that is acceptable to him, it is he who adds authenticity to our walk. Jesus will save! Just be open to the leading of his spirit and come to Jesus every day. He is the one who will place upon your heart the conviction to do his will, and in your arms the strength to do it.

  2. I love this song. Great post!

  3. @David

    The only word that comes to mind when reading your insight is this: Profundus

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