And this is what we know about him.
He was born in another country, forced to leave his own hometown, he was an immigrant. Many years later that experience would cause him to make us look differently at one another. Look through a different lens. Feel through a new heart. And speak through a new vocabulary.
His name is Jesus.
He made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth
and every tongue acknowledge
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2:7-11 NIV)
His name is Jesus.
But it could easily be Jesús. Or Jose. Or Carlos. Or Kevin. You might not even recognize him when he comes. But you ought. You might not know him but does that matter more than how you might greet him, treat him, welcome him or cast him aside? I think not.
But if you know Jesus. Do what he did. Love as he loved. Give as he gave. And be one with the One as you are with one another.
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” (Philippians 2:1-4 MSG)
His name is Jesus. And what Jesus did for Jesús...Jesus did also for you.