Last week’s blog ‘Reverent or Irrelevant: Have we lost respect for God?’ provides a great segway into this week’s discussion. You’ve heard it before. You’ve probably seen it on t-shirt, bumper stickers, and coffee mugs. ‘Jesus is my homeboy’ has been a common phrase since the early 2000s. I’m sure most of the people that use the phrase do not mean any disrespect by it, but does that make it right?
What is a homeboy? Someone who will probably share a pizza with you. Your homeboy is the person you add on your team for 2-on-2 basketball. If you ever need to borrow some money, you ask your homeboy first. For us ladies, our homeboy is that guy that will help us move into a new apartment. Our homegirl will always find time to listen to a drawn out story, accompany us on a shopping trip, and volunteer to be a ‘plus 1’ for any awkward event. I feel that we all can agree that friend and homeboy/homegirl are somewhat interchangeable terms in that sense.
I’m sure if Jesus were physically here with us, He would probably would share a pizza, play basketball, help with car trouble, and be our ‘plus 1’ to an event. By our definitions, that would qualify Him as our homeboy. Jesus would also comfort, heal, and direct us when we needed it as well. Our homies couldn’t ALWAYS do those things even if we wanted them to.
Anyone that is able to love me so much they would die for me deserves a title far greater than ‘Homeboy’.
Well in addition to all of that fun stuff, Jesus experienced excruciating torment was beaten, spit on, given vinegar, nailed to a cross, and pierced in the side for you? Anyone that would do that loves you too much to bear the common title of ‘Homeboy’, right?
If that’s the case, we should all feel a certain way when our Savior is referred to as someone’s ‘Homeboy’. Jesus is so much more than that! We have been made right with God because Jesus sacrificed His life. If that is something a ‘Homeboy’ would do, then why haven’t your homeboys or homegirls done it yet?
Here are 2 reasons to consider the next time Jesus is referred to as ‘Homeboy’:
1. Jesus is God.
Jesus and God are One. (John 1:1, John 1:14) Not only do Scriptures reflect this, but Jesus said it Himself in John 10:30, “I and my Father are One.” Because Jesus is God, we should refer to Him as such. He took a huge demotion on our behalf! He experienced sadness (John 11:35), hunger (Matthew 4:1), anger (John 2:13-17) just like us. Jesus has as much authority, sovereignty, and holiness as God does, but He separated himself from the Father to put on an earthly body just to die for us. Which leads me to the 2nd reason Jesus is not my Homeboy.
2. Jesus is Savior.
Jesus was born as a baby in a stable. Jesus willingly came out of eternity into time just for you and me. He humbled Himself as a servant to come rescue us from our sin. (2 Cor. 5:18-20) He traded heavenly bliss for earthly sorrow in order for us to have right standing with God. Because of my wrong and your wrong, Jesus had to come. It was only through Jesus that we, as sinful people, could gain access to God again. (Romans 5:12-21) We could not gain salvation without Jesus! There is no other way to gain eternal security, but through Jesus. (Acts 4:12)
Jesus’ death alone qualifies Him as more than a homeboy. He also got up. Can your homeboys do that?
I am honored to even be loved by Jesus so much that He died just for me. He not only died as a sacrifice you and me, but He also calls us friends. The Bible says “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) What an awesome title to be given by the Savior of the world!
Jesus loves me, died for me, got up for me, considers me friend, and talks to God for me. Jesus does everything my homeboys and homegirls cannot do. Our homeboys and homegirls could be our ‘go-to’ person, a relative, or really close friend. One thing a homeboy is not, is our Savior. Jesus is NOT my homeboy.
Check out the pic above. That’s ‘Buddy Christ’ if you didn’t know. He has his own Wikipedia page, long resume, and is featured in commercials. This definitely re-enforces the ‘Jesus is my homeboy’ mindset.
What do you think? Is Jesus your homeboy?