Hiding and Covering Up Out of Fear
An interesting photo that I found on Facebook depicts Jesus at the resurrection, an event that is going to be celebrated in a few weeks throughout the modern, western world. Typically, this scene has Jesus rise from the dead with a discrete white cloth artistically draped over his genitals. It is strange how humans delude themselves into imagining that somehow, if you are good enough, holy enough, your sexuality and genitals simply disappear.
It’s hard to imagine holiness and the crude human body which burps, belches, farts, urinates and defecates. Surely holiness would make all of that disappear, wouldn’t it? And, if one were holy enough, there would be no sexual urges to torture us.
Yet, in the Garden of Eden, before the Fall, Adam and Eve didn’t wear clothing to hide their genitals in God’s presence. There was nothing about nudity or nakedness that was shameful. I mean if God wanted us to be clothed, we wouldn’t have been born naked. We wear clothing as a cover-up, an act of hiding the truth of who we are. Jesus was born naked, was circumcised naked, was baptised naked, and died naked. In between birth and death, he fished naked like all the other fishermen of his time, he bathed naked, he slept naked, and he was tortured naked. The thought of these truths are too much for us to handle, so we deny truth and create a myth that somehow, a pure white cloth somehow materializes out of thin air and floats around Jesus’ body so that his genitals would never be seen.
We know Jesus ate and drank. but the thought that he might have to take bathroom breaks is too much to cope with. Surely God doesn’t piss or shit; I mean, he’s God, isn’t he? And I am sure that if the floating white fabric should fail to cover him, our eyes would immediately be blinded so that we wouldn’t see anything that rate as pornography on Facebook. It’s hard to think that God is a sexual pervert for making us in his image, nude. Satan convinced humanity to think that nudity is shameful. God teaches us that we can’t get to heaven by denying him and his creation. We can’t get there by hiding from him behind lies, clothing, excuses or anything else that we use to hide behind because of fear.