Who was Jesus? (3)

Dear brothers and sisters,

“Who was Jesus?

Jesus was a child who was born in a manger. (Luke 2:7)
He was a carpenter when he grew up. (Mark 6:3)
Then he was a rabbi (which means teacher) (John 1:38),
the rabbi who had no place to lay his head. (Matthew 8:20)”

(Who was Jesus? (1))

So Jesus was a rabbi who had no place to lay his head.

How was the person who had no place to lay his head?

” When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’

Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.'” (Matthew 8:18-22)

The Son of Man was Jesus. Jesus often called himself the Son of Man.

A place to lay his head could be his house or a person who gave him a shoulder to lean on, a place to give him rest, a place where he can share all his sadness and joy, a place he can rely on.

“No place to lay his head” means no house and no one.  So the person who had no place to lay his head is poor. He was poor both materially and mentally.


How could Jesus live as such?

Jesus could live without place to lay his head because he didn’t worry. He said,

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.'” (Matthew 6:25-34)

Jesus didn’t worry materially and mentally, because he only sought God’s kingdom and righteousness.

So Jesus was a rabbi who had no place to lay his head.

Have a Jesus day.

Phạm Thu Hương


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