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Turn Off T.V. Jesus

Is that Jesus on your television? Do yourself a favor. Change the channel. I was reading the Beatitudes a few weeks ago and found myself well….bored. I prayed God, you are not boring, what am I missing?

TV Jesus

I realized I was reading this passage of Scripture with T.V. Jesus in my head. Do you know T.V. Jesus? You know who I’m talking about, right? He speaks calmly with a monotone voice and mysteriously says, “Follow me.” In my head, T.V. Jesus has perfect flowing hair and glows while He walks on water. T.V. Jesus stands up in a boat and calmly speaks, “Peace” to the storm and it obeys. T.V. Jesus walks around with doves flying above and arms outstretched as He walks down streets and into towns.

Jesus TV

The Problem

The problem with T.V. Jesus is that I have NOTHING in common with that guy. I can’t relate to T.V. Jesus At. All. If this is your only perception of Jesus, it can keep you from really knowing Him. It’s why I tend to read Paul’s letters or Old Testament books. I can relate to those people. They were human…all the way human. Then I remembered a very important fact.

Jesus was human too! He was completely human.

Philippians 2:6-7 reads, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.”

It helps me to think of Jesus before He started His ministry. He had a mom and an earthly dad. He had brothers and friends. He got tired and needed food, water, and rest! He was completely human and completely holy! It’s challenging for me to wrap my head around human Jesus!

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After I prayed for God to show me what I was missing, the story of Jesus in the temple popped into my head. Matthew 21: 12 talks about Jesus turning over tables because He was so mad people weren’t respecting the temple!

I can relate to that Jesus! This is passionate Jesus! This Jesus has emotions is more relatable. This guy pitched a Holy fit! His righteous anger caused a scene and cleaned out the house!

This realization showed me I don’t know Jesus like I thought I did. If I really knew Jesus, I’d never get bored with the Scriptures. I don’t think God wants me putting Jesus in boxes either. He doesn’t want me to have a T.V. Jesus and a passionate Jesus. His desire is for us to simply know His son, Jesus of the Bible!

Re-Learning Jesus

So I’m on a new quest to re-learn Jesus. This will take the Holy Spirit, prayer, and slowing down when I read the gospels. I’m also reading Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge. It’s really helpful in allowing you think that Jesus actually had a personality.

Humans have personalities. Some are more colorful than others. The thought of Jesus hanging out and cracking jokes with his friends almost seems a bit sinful. It shouldn’t. God made His people in His image and lots of Christians have fun and joke with their friends.

We have to turn off T.V. Jesus and re-learn who the real Jesus is.

It must happen to grow in Christ! Jesus shows us who God is! The Jesus of the Bible never gets boring because God never gets boring.

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The good news is Jesus wants us to know Him. He wants us to know Him so badly He died so that we can have the relationship with Him! My re-learning who Jesus is becomes my favorite part of my Bible study. He is so faithful to show up as I study the Bible with the lens of learning who He is based on Scripture, not television. Jesus is worth getting to know. Do whatever you can to get to know Him! That is when the good stuff starts happening. Jesus was the best person who ever walked the Earth, let’s strive to get to know the real Him.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that every eye who reads this comes to know your saving grace through Jesus. I pray you help us learn who you are as we re-learn Jesus. Help show us who you are as we read your word. Help us to learn to love you with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. Father, forgive us for putting Jesus in boxes and open our eyes and ears to hear the truth of who He is when we seek Him in the Bible. Help us to see that Jesus really is everything.

In Jesus name,

Amen

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Lauren Tonge

Lauren is a teacher, turned stay at home mom, turned Bible teacher, Faith blogger, and Radio Personality. She is married to Joel and mother to three daughters. Lauren is passionate about helping women learn to recognize God’s voice and understand the truth found in Scripture. She has an active faith and is called to encourage women to launch into the life God has designed uniquely for them. She received her MSEd from the University of Georgia. She serves as a Small Group Coach, Marriage Enrichment Teacher and leads women’s group at her church in Bethlehem, Georgia. She loves weekends away with her family. Laundry and housework are her enemies but she is learning to worship through it. Her favorite part of the day is hanging with her little ladies and husband of 10 years. She blogs at laurenbtonge.com. Follow her on twitter @lbtonge

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  1. Cascia Talbert August 30, 2016

    Lauren, I was really confused as to what you are trying to say here. I believe that we need to turn off the television every once in a while to focus on Jesus and be more like Christ in our lives. However, I don’t know if that is exactly what you are saying here.

    We need to lead more faith filled lives and act more like Christ, not just by following Him and learning about Him through reading books. In order to become saints in heaven there is a lot more to that. When I watch TV sometimes I ask myself, “Would Jesus watch that?” Yes he was a human just like us. If Jesus were walking on this earth today would he watch that violent television show? Probably not. When my children watch TV I ask, “Would our Blessed Mother allow Jesus to watch that when He was a child?” Most of the shows the answer would be no.

    We need to become more like Jesus in our actions and our thoughts. Go ahead and watch television. Just make sure that the show you have on isn’t glorifying sin and violence. Maybe one day make a sacrifice and offer it up to the Lord, do it for a prayer intention and turn your television off for the day.

    I hope you can clarify what you are trying to say here. It is a bit confusing.

  2. LAUREN Tonge August 31, 2016

    Thank you so much for your feedback. I definitely want my writings to be clear. My article has nothing to do with actual television, but more the Jesus that comes to mind when we think of Him. When I think of Jesus, I struggle to think of Jesus according to the Scriptures and just think of the “tv” version of Jesus..or the “Sunday School” Jesus in pictures or what was used in Flannel boards as a child instead of Jesus who was completely man and completely Holy. My goal was to get people to seek the Bible to learn who Jesus is an adult and really get to know Him as to grow in their understanding of who God is. Jesus is everything and so worth getting to know!

  3. Rheanna August 31, 2016

    I used to picture Jesus radiating holiness and walking with doves, but that was before I really developed a close relationship with him. The more you get to know him the more you can relate to him and have a friendship with Jesus. He was just as human as you and I and it helps me in my daily walk to remember that.

  4. LAUREN Tonge August 31, 2016

    Yes! Getting to know the real Jesus is way better! Thanks for stopping by!