JESUS HAD A SIX PACK
(Edited from posted in April 2015)
Since I was a little boy and as far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a strong belief in God and something “bigger than me and this world”. This was so much so that in High School I began to question everything I was being taught in the Catholic church, and set out on my own journey to “find God”. That search for “truth” continues to this day, but one very practical thing that never really made sense was how the world has portrayed Jesus, which has been a very frail, skinny, white, pale sickly looking man who anyone could take down with one punch to the face.
I believe in a very different image of Jesus Christ, one that I feel should have been adopted a long long time ago, and it’s based on very practical observations. I believe that Jesus was not frail or sickly, but rather a very strong and fit man with dark skin, strong forearms and biceps, resembling a very fit and toned MMA fighter of today. He probably didnt’ have the physique of a bodybuilder, and may have been more lean, but by all means had more muscle and endurance than most of us. How have I come to this conclusion?
JESUS WAS A FISHERMAN
The fisherman of today have it pretty easy compared to the days of Jesus. There were no motorized boats or machinery that lifted nets and brought fish into your boat. Lots of rowing by hand, pulling up nets by hand all day, every day. Unloading the boat of fish, packaging the fish, pulling the boats in, etc. A complete work out like this every single day would have to keep these guys fit and toned. The exaggerated depiction of Popeye’s forearms was not just the creation of a cartoonist, as I’m sure that fisherman developed huge forearms from all of this work. In addition to all of the manual labor that kept them fit, take into account their constant exposure to the sun which probably kept them nice a tanned all year round.
JESUS WAS A CARPENTER
Carpentry today can’t compare to the work involved in the days of Jesus either. Because of my circular saws, miter saws, jig saw, and my dewalt cordless drill, I can build in minutes what it probably took hours or days for them to build back in the day. And the energy exerted would be minimal.
If Jesus needed to build a table for someone, he had to manually cut each piece of wood, shave each piece by hand, and perform tasks that required strength and arm pressure. Wood work back then was not easy work and I’m sorry, but if you do your research on the many different facets of wood work back then one would have to come to the conclusion that these craftsman were building muscle while working.
JESUS ENDURED HIS EXECUTION BECAUSE HE WAS PHYSICALLY ABLE
Without going into detail about every task involved with being a fisherman or carpenter back in that day, I would hope that you can see how easy it would be to come to the conclusion that Jesus was not what the world has described to us for so long. I feel that one of the major reasons that Jesus was able to endure what he did during his crucifixion was due to his physique and fitness. The “frail” Jesus wouldn’t have made it past lashing #4 or #5, and yet Jesus withstood 40 FREAKIN LASHES with a weapon that was designed to rip his skin off!
Add to this the beat down that he received from the soldiers, the fact that he had to carry his own heavy cross to his own execution, and then having huge railroad type spikes driven through his arms and feet. The strength needed to continuously try to pull him self up and position himself to breath easier required a strength that the little white sickly Jesus simply wouldn’t have been able to handle. Many of us would have been dead before even making it to carrying our own cross.
JESUS WAS A BAD ASS
As you sip on your coffee this morning, prepare for lunch, or even as you make plans for this coming Easter Sunday, remember that the man behind the Easter holiday was plain and simply a Bad Ass. Whether you believe that he rose from the dead or not, Jesus was a real man who walked this earth, and history supports the fact that he was executed in one of the most gruesome ways possible.
His message was just as real, which in a nut shell was one of LOVE and FORGIVENESS. If you take anything away from the story of Jesus at least take that. Learn from his selfless life of Love and walk in it everyday. He gave us so many great lessons and tools to use to live this life and his story has stood the test of time and will continue for centuries to come.
Have a Great Easter everyone and eat lots of BBQ this Sunday. *smiley face here.
Photo artwork from Tjokorda Bagus Wiratmaja