How Well Would Jesus Do As A Barista?

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.

From Jericho, a view of the wilderness where Jesus possibly spent 40 days in prayer and fasting.

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.”

Flavors. Check.

Colors. Check.

Textures. Check.

Plants. Check.

Animals. Check.

Mountains. Check.

Seas. Check.

Stars. Check.

Galaxies. Check.

Mosquitoes. Check.

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.

I’d recommend watching Caine’s Arcade, a video link at The Ordained Barista.

This week, I’m writing about 7 Reminders You’re Getting Older at Geezer Guys and Gals.

Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes

Two men. Two eternal destinies. One common hope.

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About tnealtarver

I've traveled and spoken around the world but always love to come home. There I eat exceptional meals, drink coffee to my heart's content, and get loved like nowhere else on earth. I believe a community centered in Christ should be all that and so much more.
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10 Responses to How Well Would Jesus Do As A Barista?

  1. Chris Patton says:

    I would like to try to imagine Jesus blogging.

    What would He talk about?

    Bold or subtle?

    Purposeful or rambling?

    Give calls to decision or just leave us with thoughts?

    Millions of subscribers or just a committed few?

  2. tnealtarver says:

    Your questions make me process the answers through the Gospels. What did He talk about? Who did He talk to? What questions did He raise? What stories did He tell? For certain, we know He responded to comments. 🙂

  3. Boy do I love this post! And not just because of the link either (THANK YOU) but because this post makes us think about what Jesus ministry would be today, and that makes us think about our ministry! And that is really the entire point behind The Ordained Barista—that we, not matter what we do, have been conferred with Holy orders to be Jesus hands and feet no matter what we do as a profession! Lawyer, blogger, carpenter, Police Officer, accountant, you have been called to be Jesus representative! Thanks for this great post!

  4. tnealtarver says:

    If that wasn’t the point of the post, it is now. 😀
    Yep! If we are ambassadors for Christ, then we do represent Him wherever our work (which is His work costumed in our lives) takes us.

  5. Kari Scare says:

    Jesus could do any ordinary job really and fit in anywhere because the Bible tells us He wasn’t really anyone who stood out in appearance. So, as we look at our mechanic (who is really a computer technician these days) or our jeweler or the cler at the gas station, we can picture Jesus standing there.

  6. tnealtarver says:

    An interesting connection I hadn’t thought to make.

  7. Yes, Jesus would love being a Barista. He may just do that for us one day (Luke 12:37)!!!
    I really enjoyed how specific you got on the flavors and textures and such. I’d not thought of that in depth.
    Mosquitos were designed to suck on fruit and their design was altered to remind Adam that there were consequences to sinning (ditto thorns and thistles). Grrr, that Adam (and Eve for believing the lying lowbelly in the first place)!
    A couple of years ago I had a dream about my heavenly dwelling. It had creamy walls with wide woodworking trim and lots of wooden furniture; the feeling I had was of great warmth, coziness and welcome. I’ve never put any stock in dreams, but the next day I remembered Jesus was a carpenter and is preparing a place for us right now. Mmmm, I bet it smells like walnut and such up there!!

    • tnealtarver says:

      You do have a good full-textured imagination. I actually explore through fiction both heaven and hell in Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes. I believe you’re accurate with describing our eternal home as warm, cozy, and welcoming. I also believe, when we do community in Christ well, those same terms describe our love for one another. I appreciate your thoughts.

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