I admit, I occasionally like to imagine that Jesus and the disciples played ultimate Frisbee during the quieter moments of their ministry. If you’ve read this site for a while then you’ve seen me express my belief that Jesus had a great side arm throw, was more than willing to “lay out” for a long catch and was humble enough to not always walk on water to catch discs that were poorly thrown.
But was Jesus really an athlete? In the last few months I’ve seen action figures of him rock climbing, surfing and riding a bucking bronco. I thought they were funny. I can see the humor of Jesus grinding a rail and getting, as the kids say, “radical.”
When my friend Jessi sent me this photo from a flea market though, my laughter was replaced with confusion. The longer I looked at the paintings of Jesus playing hockey, basketball, soccer and football, the more questions I had.
1. Is Jesus blocking that kid’s shot in the basketball painting? He looks like he is concentrating intensely and is planning on sending that ball into the crowd in a fierce moment of rejection.