Perspective: def n: 1) A picture drawn in such a way, esp. one appearing to enlarge or extend the actual space or to give the effect of distance.  2) a mental view or outlook.

That being said, let me paint a picture for you.  I’d suggest you close your eyes to better envision this but then your eyes would be closed and you couldn’t read this so let’s skip that step.

Picture this.  Take a journey beyond sight and sound…. no wait.

Ok seriously now.  Imagine a day worker hanging out outside home depot.  Imagine a teenage girl – maybe 17 or 18 – who is pregnant and unmarried.  Now imagine a kid that grew up in the projects.

Now take that picture in your head of those three people and call them Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.

That’s not perspective, that’s what scholars call a close approximation to the historical truth.  Joseph lost his family land and had to take up “Carpentry” which meant less of building tables and cabinets and more working on construction projects.  Mary was a young girl (the word so often translated as “virgin” has a connotation or assumption of a young age) and was unmarried when she was pregnant with Jesus – teen pregnancy.  Because of the financial strain and hardship in the region due to various taxes and the constant fight against roman rule, it is unlikely that Jesus grew up anywhere other than the 1st century equivalent of the projects.

Perspective is what happens when you call every day worker the man who raised Jesus, when you call every pregnant teen the woman who raised Jesus, and when you call every kid trying to make it on the streets “Jesus.”

“I assure you,: whatever you did for on of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.” Matthew 25:40

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