Let’s be honest. When we picture Jesus, the Son of God, we often draw him as an ascetic monk who spent most of his time reading, memorizing the Scriptures, praying, and hiding out in remote places.
To be sure, Jesus did do all those things.
But he also did more than pray, preach, and teach. He who gives life had a life.
And we forget that he worked alongside Joseph as a carpenter. When he returned to Nazareth and spoke in church, the town folk said, “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?” (Or “… carpenter?” depending on whether you’re reading Mathew’s account, Mt. 13:55, or Mark’s, Mk. 6:3. Either way, you get the impression Jesus knew his way around the woodpile.)
In John’s opening verses, he wrote: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcomeit” (John 1:1-5 NIV).
Let’s think about this for a moment.
Jesus, the Word …
… was/is eternal God. Okay, this is always tough to comprehend in my tiny brain, but Jesus of Nazareth lived before he was born. He communed with Father and Spirit. He was, is, and always will be. Read further in John and you get that clear impression (along with the rest of the writers in the New Testament). I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir at this point.
… okayed the Creator’s creation. “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
Despite a human referendum to recall the mosquito design, the little buggers continue to exist according to his wisdom and understanding. For the life of me, I have to admit being stumped on this one.
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit conferred on the entire process. And nothing happened without the cooperation of all three Persons. Jesus of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem, raised by Joseph and Mary, understood quantum physics before we even had a name for it. He understands the design of the 1966 Shelby Super Cobra with a dual supercharged 427 V-8 engine (I can only write the description out and wonder what all those words mean).
He knows Coca Cola’s secret formula and the Colonel’s 11 secret herbs and spices (which I suppose you can look up now on the Internet, but Jesus, the Son of God, doesn’t need to). He understands microwaves, radio waves, ocean waves, and “the Wave” (which I don’t get but I still participate when it rolls my way at a baseball game).
Jesus knows stuff.
So when I ask, how would Jesus do as a barista? I figure He knows beans about coffee since the coffee tree idea went through Him. Add vanilla bean, cinnamon bark, and cacao pod to the what-Jesus-knows list as well.
I’m curious. What’s something unusual you could envision Jesus doing?
*Barry Hill at The Ordained Barista started these thoughts percolating.
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