Updated: Jun 27
Jesus would wear a mask and so would the apostles. Now, in order to make this claim I’m going to zero in on the main focus of the ministry of Jesus while he was here: to save humankind from death.
In the Gospel of John 10:10 it is made abundantly clear what Jesus considered to be his purpose, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Now, in this analogy the thief is the Christian concept of the devil or the temper. The Bible says that the tempter is who called humankind to fall and as a result of that fall, “Desire... gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:15)” Now, this particular verse his harkening back to the story of the original temptation of humankind in the Garden of Eden, “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die! (Genesis 2:17)” But Jesus came to undo the whole mess. The purpose was to stop death in its tracks, “For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. (Romans 5:15)”
That is why Jesus did all that he did. His entire ministry was based around the idea of keeping people safe, making sure they were fed, healing the sick, and ultimately giving up his life because he believed that, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down their life for their friends. (John 15:13)”
But let’s say that you don’t buy any of that. Let’s argue that you just think that the whole thing is just a bunch of people following a social trend. “I have freedom and liberty to do as I wish!” you might say, well, then there is an answer for that too.
Paul directly addressed the issue of his own freedom and how he chose to use that freedom, “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them...To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)”
Even if you believe you have freedom to do as you wish, Paul made it very clear that he would relinquish his own freedom in order to be a good witness. Jesus exampled being someone who did whatever he could to save another person, even to the point of losing his own life.
Jesus would wear a mask. Jesus would fight for those who were sick. Jesus would do whatever he could to keep people safe. And if you claim to follow Jesus, you should do the same.
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