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Wow never really thought about Jesus's teenage years thanks for sharing this!


What a great image. Anybody here read "Lamb" by Christopher Moore? I wonder sometimes how Jesus spent his teenage years.


Wow! The comments reveal a fascinating judgement based on our expectations of perfection in him. At least one first century account claimed that he looked to be just an ordinary man. What I thought when I looked at the picture was of the nice young men that I have met here and there all my life, personable, open, accepting. This is as it should be. And, Monk, I think you have a good point in that he'd have never been accepted by the very people he was seeking if he didn't come across as being like them.


This conversation reminds me of the Gospel stories about Jesus and the people He ran around with. And yet, Sinless though He was, He was attractive to those people who are less than perfect, some how some way, He was. Even in those days people complained about His welcoming of those "unclean" types. I think the question is, how can we be like Him, no matter how we envision His human form.

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."

Luke 15:1-2

Ben H

I don't see this as a humanity vs. divinity kind of thing. Jesus was fully human and still is fully divine. What the picture illustrates to me is a Jesus that seems arrogant about who He is. It communicates a "hey look at me" attitude. I just don't think Jesus wore His divinity like that. Being cool is one thing, being a show off is another, but I can see how some might equate being cool with being a show off. Maybe in a way found in "American Grafitti" or "Grease".



I don't care much for it as "art," but I like the thought of Jesus the teenager. I'm afraid I lean toward a pretty human Jesus in his formative years, and since I don't think making out with a girlfriend is a sin, then that would be okay too. However, I tend to agree that he is probably receiving the girl from some danger. I also wonder why people feel so threatened by the thought of Jesus being pretty normal as a teenager. Since Scripture and tradition are silent on those matters, it doesn't seem to hurt to speculate a little. Speaking of which, everyone should rush out and buy Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. Wonderful reading. The only thing really offensive about the painting is how much he looks like Brad Pitt. Now there is something to get upset about.


Interesting flow of conversation, I knew this would be provocative. I don't understand how connecting with the very Humaness of Christ in any way disconnects us from His Divinity, as Karen said: "True human, true God" You can't have one without the other. I also think it is very intersting what the conversational flow reveals about our own feelings, fears, and presuppositions.

Dave - The Cubicle Reverend

We are to see the light and love and Christ in us. I'm not talking about that though, not Christ in us, but Christ the incarnate, the human being. If Christ were "just a man" then why bother following him at all and not say any other prophet? If he were just ordinary would the 12 gotten up so freely and followed him without a thought? Probably not. Christ the pimped out teenager out to grab attention for himself is not a Christ any of us should want to follow.

Mark W.

In his expression in this image, I get a sense of pride--a bravado that conflicts with the Beatitudes and goes against the humility his mother surely modeled and taught him.


he's got a six pack, i think Jesus would have a six pack. as a Jew wouldn't he have a bit more hair? &:~)

Ben H

He looks cocky to me. I thought that before reading any of the comments. It is also a modern way of looking at a young Jesus. I doubt there would have been a tattoo. There have been paintings of a black Jesus and even a native American Jesus. It doesn't surprise me that someone would illustrate a modern progressive Jesus. Unfortunately it also represents the immorality that so many teenagers accept.


once you read everyone's comments you can see where it is they are coming from. For me, I see it as brillant painting that stirs something inside of me that is quite uncomfortable. By doing that I am brushing the side of God.

Now for a non-avoiding comment. I see Him as someone looking into the world saying to quote Bon Jovi, "Have a nice day."

Damien Scott

I find the comments fascinating. Thanks for posting a thought-provoker.


Someone above said that Christ "wasn't a typical, ordinary, every day person." But how, then, are we to see Him in each other?

That is just exactly the mistake of honoring only the divinity in Christ, without at the same time acknowledging the truly human in Him. Two natures, in one being; not one divine nature, only pretending to be human. True human, true God.

Christ can be anywhere. Christ can be anybody.

The rapper on the street corner? Christ.

The prostitute on 42nd street? Christ.

The homeless man sleeping on a grate? You betcha. Christ.

If we cannot learn to see Him in them, we will never be able to see Him face to face.


I get the impression the young woman was running to Him from somewhere else, perhaps from the forbidding Roman soldiers. She is looking back to the danger. Just my two cents

Dave - The Cubicle Reverend

here's the thing, it does nothing for me. nothing. It doens't show the true nature of Christ. It's just there. Christ wasn't a typical, ordinary, every day person, not even as a teenager. In this picture he's just ordinary.


cocky yet sultry. not exactly how i'd picture a 16 year old jesus. but who knows- he was human right?


almost a little too pimped out. i almost expect funkmaster flash to be in the painting.


i don't think i like the implication of the young woman holding up her blouse and the smudge of white make up on his cheek. somehow the almighty, sinless son of god being caught making out with his girl friend doesn't jive with me. but maybe it's not an issue.

Damien Scott

Loving it. I am trying to decide whether to go whole hog for the museum quality print. It would be a striking addtion to the new house.

Jerome Gracian, a collaborator of St. Teresa of Avila, wrote a book about the glories of St. Joseph in which he said that Joseph had to be handsome, because it would not be appropriate for the Mother of God to have an ugly spouse. He also said Joseph had all his teeth, because it would have been an imperfection to have lost any. He did not, however, say whether or not Joseph had a full head of hair. In surviving portraits, Gracian is notably bald.

We are so weird!

Dave, the Cubicle Reverend

He looks phony to me. Not real, typical and quite ordinary. Not what you'd expect of the true son of God.


He looks a little bawdy, to me. :0)

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