Pikaboo! Jesus Sees You!

By: C.N.

Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? As kids, we were always excited to find the secret egg with the good candy in it (We don’t want any candy corn! Give me a Snickers! I get a little loopy when I’m hungry. Haha). As a sports fan, I always bought the trading cards to find the golden goose (Michael Jordan, Sammy Sosa, Brian Urlacher, classic Walter Payton, the works! Where have you been all of my life?!). We could be presented with 200 different cards or eggs, yet our minds and hearts were focused on finding that one jewel-the one that was unlike any other, the one that we had a close connection to, the one that we truly loved, the one that we couldn’t live without. This is exactly how Jesus Christ feels about us. It’s no secret that we’re all sinners (we all say, do, and think things that we shouldn’t), but Jesus Christ loved (and continues to loves) us so much that he died on the Cross to save us from our sins. Jesus is constantly looking for lost souls to bring to him; I like to think of coming to Jesus as ABC-Admitting that we’re sinners and asking God to forgive us of our sins (and helping us to not sin anymore); Believing that Jesus Christ is God’s son (God in bodily form), died on the Cross, rose on the 3rd day, is in Heaven with God Almighty (his father), and is coming back for his children; Committing our lives to Jesus (putting God first in our lives and following Jesus every step of the way). Jesus is always looking for people who don’t know him-the people are the sheep, and he is the shepherd (someone who takes care of the sheep). This brings us to the story of the Lost Sheep in the Bible.

When Jesus lived on earth (33 years), teaching the people about the Kingdom of God, he had many haters (are y’all mad?!). One particular group of people, the Pharisees (they didn’t believe that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world or God in the flesh), always tried to make Jesus look bad (while they looked like death and made Shaggy from “Scooby-Doo!” look like the most handsome man in the world). The Pharisees wondered why Jesus always talked to and spent time with sinners (His homeboys! His road dogs! His “day ones!” His ride or die partners! His BFFs!). Jesus replied by saying the following:

Matthew 18:12-14 (KJV): How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Jesus shut that conversation DOWN! He made clear to the Pharisees that it was his mission to save as many souls for the Kingdom of God as possible; God does not want anyone to be lost and to miss Heaven. Jesus Christ will kick it with the sinners (with the jams playing, sweet tea, BBQ and all, y’all!) to bring them to him; he will go to the pool party with ninety-nine healthy (saved) people to find that one sick (lost) person to cure. When a lost soul comes to Jesus Christ, Heaven starts partying like it’s 1999 (it’s time for the Electric Slide, y’all!)! When that one lost sheep comes to Jesus Christ, the angels in Heaven start singing, dancing (let’s do the New Jack City bounce!), playing instruments (rock out, dudes!), clapping, rejoicing, and praising God. Our baby has come home!  Our baby has come home! Come here and give Momma some sugar! Suki suki, now! Jesus will always search for lost souls (much better than we search for lost car keys, wallets, or glasses…on our faces-don’t judge me. Haha), and there isn’t anything that the naysayers can say or do about it (didn’t Mother ever teach you that bumping your gums gets you nowhere?!). Thank you, Jesus! Hallelujah! I wonder how this scenario would play out in modern times (my creative juices are flowing again, and Niagara Falls doesn’t have anything on this stream!)? I can’t help myself! Let’s get to it! NOTE: I will be utilizing modern-day language, technology, and ways of living in this story, as we’re picturing this happening today.

Pikaboo! Jesus Sees You!

By: C.N.

Biblical Reference: Matthew 18:12-14 (KJV); Luke 15:3-7 (KJV)

*Jesus is hanging out at the village block party with his homies…those filthy scoundrels!*

Pharisees (with their noses so far in the air, they can smell Saturn’s behind): Look at this nonsense right here. What is Jesus doing? He’s supposed to be this holier than thou “Son of God,” teaching, preaching, healing and helping others, yet he’s talking to those scums of the earth. That guy robbed a bank last week, that girl stole someone’s car and drove to Cancun (just to come back looking like the Kool-Aid Man’s sister; so…much…sunburn), and I’m pretty sure that kid just got kicked out of school for fighting (thug life meets “clean up my house and kill all of the bugs” life; East Side!). Why would Jesus hang out with them? They’re all going to end up in jail one day, which is only going to make him look worse. Let’s go talk to him.

*The Pharisees confront Jesus, really thinking that they’re doing something impressive…those misguided miscreants*

Pharisees: Jesus?! Jesus?! Can we ask you a question?

JESUS CHRIST: Sure. The floor is yours.

Pharisees: Why are you hanging out with them? They don’t obey the law. They don’t listen to authority. They do everything that you tell them not to do, they don’t care, and they think that they’re getting away with something. How are you telling people to turn away from their sins and turn to God, yet you’re breaking bread and drinking fruit juice with the enemy? Doesn’t that seem a little contradictory to you? Aren’t you worried about people thinking that you’re a hypocrite (someone who does the very things that he/she tells other people not to do)? That’s why so many people don’t want to go to church as it is-too many hypocrites (there’s always room for one more!).

*Jesus prepares to verbally destroy their entire existence with a very smooth response-so cool, calm, and collected. Flex.*

JESUS CHRIST: How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Pharisees: We understand that you want to save souls, Jesus, but you can’t save everyone. Some people are just born to be scandalous. Do you see that woman with the blue flowery dress on? Let’s just say that she likes to drop it like it’s hot for a few Abe Lincolns. She told us that she loves that life, she’s going to continue to dance like that, and there’s nothing any of us can say or do about it. Trifling!

JESUS CHRIST: What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Pharisees: We understand that, Jesus. But what about this loser in red? He just got out of jail for killing three people in cold blood! He’s a monster! How can you know what he has done and just sit there, eating spaghetti and greens with him (mmm…and some cornbread)?

JESUS CHRIST: How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Pharisees (about to lose their minds…oh, wait): This is ridiculous! We’re not getting anywhere with him. He keeps saying the same thing over and over again; it’s like talking to a wall or a spoiled brat-everything goes in one ear and out the other (erm, Pharisees? Walls don’t have ears. You all clearly aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer)! We might as well give up trying to reason with Jesus; he’s determined to be with these worthless ingrates (Pharisees, you might want to stop spewing that hot garbage from your diarrhea holes before Jesus gives you a divine double forearm to the throat or a Holy headbutt (POW! I knock the evil out of you in the name of the Father! Just kidding…Jesus is love. Haha)). Let’s get out of here, guys. These disgusting worms (people) are making me itch (and you all make our skin crawl as well, Pharisees).

JESUS CHRIST: How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Jesus loves us all and will always be on a mission to save lost souls for the Kingdom of God (there’s no “Mission Impossible” over here!). Jesus Christ is the shepherd, and we are the sheep. If we admit that we’re sinners and ask God to forgive us of our sins (and help us to stop saying, doing and thinking bad things), believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, and commit the rest of our lives to following him (putting him first), we shall be saved. While the ninety-nine are healthy and doing well (or so they think), Jesus is looking to bring that one lost sheep back to him (come here, baby!). Thank God that Jesus loves a little sinner like me (and forgave me for throwing sour cream at my teacher back in the day. Grace). Let us live, let us love, and let us spread the gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere that we go (we’re not worried about no stinking haters! God’s got this!). May God bless and keep you all, and as always, I love you all!

-C.N.

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “Pikaboo! Jesus Sees You!

  1. As always, I love your enthusiasm for these topics and your ability to somehow make me laugh while I am reading throughout. Your catholic perspective and writing is really powerful and I want you to continue making more content like this.

    Thank you for the article. 🙂
    -Joseph

    1. Thank you so much, Joseph! As a black Baptist from Chicago (and a goofy, fun-loving gal at that…Haha), I love to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in any and every way possible. I love to laugh, I love to make others laugh, and I want to use my gifts for the Kingdom of God. There will be many more stories coming! Haha God bless you!

  2. You put a smile on my face again today and you make me want to have Snickers too lol…

    Your ABC tips for coming to Jesus is on point. To some people, admitting that they are sinners is easy. Believing and Committing life to Jesus would be difficult, especially in this modern era.

    One day a friend of mine was asking me “Will you say that you are a Christian? What does being a Christian mean to you?” My answer was “I believe I am a Christian. I was born and raised to follow Jesus. I went to church every Sunday. I was one of the youngest deacons at our church. I was active in youth fellowship. Being a Christian means I follow Jesus, pray everyday and show His examples in my daily life. However, there are people who say they are Christian but they don’t go to church, some others they were born and raised in a Christian family but due to life circumstances, they grow bitter and chose not to practice Christianity at all but they are still a nice, kind, and respectful people. So, I think it depends on the person and their choice.”

    1. Thank you so much, Ferra! Snickers are awesome! Haha We are all sinners, but the only way for us to truly give our hearts and lives to Jesus Christ is to admit that we’re messing up, making bad decisions, and need to make changes in our lives. Some of us are incredibly stubborn and don’t think that we do anything wrong, but God has his way of getting through to us and snapping us out of it. Haha To be a Christian, we must confess our sins to God, believe in the full Gospel of Jesus Christ and who/what he is, ask him to come into our lives, clean us up, and be our Lord and Savior, and follow him (prayer, reading the Bible, getting into a Bible believing, Bible teaching church, and putting God first in everything/all aspects of our lives). Jesus Christ is our example to live by, and he gives us the blueprint for being children of God. God bless you!

  3. Thank you C.N. for such a vibrant read!

    Your devotion to your faith is palpable, and you have a real gift for relaying hard-to-understand texts/concepts into fun and relatable contemporary culture. You went everywhere from Walter Payton to New Jack Swing to 1999! Haha! I loved it, you had me smiling while reading text with which I am unfamiliar. By the end, I understood perfectly, thanks to your energetic and engaging writing style.

    Your words are a joy to read. Keep up the great work!

    1. Thank you so much, Kris! I’m so happy that you’re enjoying the stories! I want as many people as possible to learn about Jesus, enjoy learning about Jesus, and (hopefully) decide to give their lives over to him. I’m just planting the seed, and the Holy Spirit will bring the increase. God bless you!

    1. Thank you so much, Debbie! I really appreciate your kind words! I love Jesus, love to laugh, and love people. Why not combine all three for the glory of God? I will definitely keep them coming! God bless you!

  4. Your stories are interesting not only to adults, but even more to kids. My niece always asks me to read her one of your stories for bedtime. I can’t wait to read more of your great stories. Thank you for your work.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Nataliya! Please tell your niece that I said thank you for enjoying my stories! Knowing that you both enjoy them just brought the biggest smile to my face. God bless you!

      C.N.

  5. I loved your story. You have a wonderful way of expressing your thoughts!
    But the part I truly enjoyed was your ABC of coming to the Lord.
    I’ve never thought of it that way before. But it’s something I’m going to start sharing with my 2 little grandchildren. What child doesn’t love the ABCs?
    Admit. Belief. Commit.
    I pray your articles reach many adults with God’s truth!
    Cheers,
    Suzanne

    1. Thank you so much for your kinds words, Suzanne! The “ABC” concept came to me out of nowhere, and I fell in love with it and instantly wanted to use it! I’m so happy that you can use it with your grandchildren (children certainly do love their ABCs! Haha). I really appreciate your prayers; the prayers of the righteous availeth much. I pray that the world will be receptive to the truth of Jesus Christ; this world desperately needs to turn to Jesus. I will pray for you and your family as well! God bless you!

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