North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

Jesus with Skin. What does it mean to you?

There are several meanings which describe what living as “Jesus with skin” entails. Ephesians 5:1-2 states, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” These two verses clearly define this concept. However, some of the most significant ways in which we display the love of Christ is: when we treat others as we would we would have them treat us, help those who are in need, or just simply by loving one another. John 13:13-17 states, “You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” There is no one greater than Jesus, for His love is the most powerful, gracious and merciful. Showing who you are in Christ by being “Jesus with Skin” is a mission; a mission to reveal the beauty of Christ’s unconditional love. Matthew 28:16-20 states, “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him, but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Therefore, being “Jesus with Skin” not only means loving one another, it means that we act on our feeling of love for others by sharing the name of Jesus with those in the places where we live, work and play. When we live as missional people, we will want others to see Jesus in every facet our lives.