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February Series Title: WWJD

(What Would Jesus Do) with the issues of our time?

 

February 28, 2021

Jesus the Refugee, the Immigrant

Matthew 2:13-15,19-23; John 1:12-14;6:38 (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

 

How would people of today have reacted if Jesus came to us, the same way as he did in the Bible? What if he didn’t speak the (majority) language (in our case, English)? What if he didn’t have the right documents? What if, with his darker skin and different religion, he came here to escape death in his native land? What if he kept using our health system at our cost (because he couldn’t pay)? What if he came as a refugee, or as an (undocumented) immigrant?

 

Actually, the Bible says that Jesus was (for a short while) a refugee, and his leaving heaven and coming to earth shows he was an immigrant. [Note: The difference between us and Him is that we began our existence on earth, Jesus pre-existed with the Father (cf. John 1:1-2) in the heavenly dimension before coming to earth].

 

Jesus on Earth
  1. Jesus, the Refugee (Matthew 2:13-14). Joseph had to take Mary and baby Jesus and flee and take refuge in Egypt because Herod was set on killing him (Jesus). Matthew 2:16 tells us that King Herod did orchestrate the mass murder of all 2 year old boys who were 2 years old and under in Bethlehem.
  2. Jesus, the Immigrant (John 1:12-14; 6:38; Philippians 2:7-8). Jesus left his heavenly home and came to earth as a baby. Like many immigrants he was rejected, and even killed!

 

Jesus in Us.  In order to better understand this Jesus, and to experience him more and more in us, here are four ways to respond to him: (Please read the Biblical passages – if you can from the Common English Bible – before you read the questions)
 
  1. Understanding ( Hebrews 2:17-18). Every life has a story, especially Jesus’. Why did he come? What more do I need to know? Is it his responsibility to reveal himself, or is it mine to find out, to understand him? Or is it both?
  2. Compassion ( Deuteronomy 10:18-19; Leviticus 19:34). Do I take the trouble to understand my past? How will I respond to refugees/immigrants when I discover that in reality they are in the same kind of circumstances that my ancestors were in the past?
  3. Hospitality ( Matthew 25:34-40; Hebrews 13:2-3). How do we respond to the “stranger” among us, especially if this stranger is a refugee, or an immigrant? What are the rewards when we do?
  4. Mission ( Matthew 28:19; Psalm 146:9). How can we fulfil the Great Commission without go-ing to those who are very different from us? How can we show the love of Christ through understanding, compassion, and hospitality to people who want us to welcome and accept them even if they have nothing to give us in return? [In reality, we will discover that they do/will have much to share that we actually need!].
 

Here are some websites that will help to grow and be involved as God-seekers and Christ-followers as we respond to refugees and immigrants:

Statistics about refugees in the world:

https://reliefweb.int/report/world/world-refugee-day-2019

Ways to be involved in the Doylestown area:

https://immigrantrightsaction.org/

Ways to be involved globally:

https://cwsglobal.org/

https://globalfrontiermissions.org/overview/refugee-work/