Jesus, the Foreigner?

By: Dev Menon

Deuteronomy 24:19   “When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 

The Living God instituted many laws to protect those who could end up being marginalized or ‘forgotten’ in society – such as this one to make sure that we are not too ‘efficient’ in our work, so much so that others have nothing to take for themselves.

Yet Jesus (and His followers) ends up becoming the beneficiary of His own law several hundred years later:

Matthew 12:1  At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 

Thus is Jesus an orphan? Perhaps only in the sense that they regarded him a heretic

Is Jesus a widow? Maybe only in the sense that his supposed church was dead

But most definitely – Jesus is a foreigner.

He is a stranger in a strange land, despite the fact that this is His world, and worse still, His people – yet they received Him not.

How much more, if Jesus is considered a foreigner on earth – that His people must also be considered foreigners and strangers, whatever their citizenship status. Any status conferred to us here must surely be considered temporary, and as easily as it was given, so easily could it be taken away – these are not our rights to claim.

What we have right to claim, through faith – is that we are passport holders of the heavenly Jerusalem. We claim all its benefits, with confidence.

Surely if this is our reality, then never would we treat a foreigner as one who has less rights than us in any earthly kingdom. We only claim our nationalistic rights when we cannot see we are members of a kingdom that is now, but not yet.

Remember where you came from:

Deuteronomy 24:22  22 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this. 

Remember your current status:

Psalm 87:5  And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; for the Most High himself will establish her. 

Then perhaps we will see people, all people, through different eyes.

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