If you are Christian like I am, we all carry within our mind’s eye a picture of Jesus or as how we think He might have looked. My picture of Him is not dead nor is it stoic as so many pictures I see. It is because I believe in a Jesus who was very much ALIVE. I see Jesus dancing and singing and in many ways I am very Jewish myself, at least in my own vision of how Jesus lived His life, and how I wish to live mine.
What I notice when reviewing so many Jesus paintings, is how STOIC, are most of these pictures. Most Christians I know within their mind sees Him nailed on the Cross or in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane including many other somber settings. What they forget is that Jesus was very much a Jewish man, so to Jesus dancing was His way of life and because His life was a vibrant one.
To start his calling off, Jesus’ first miracle was of changing water into wine which was at a marriage at Cana. Whether it was at His own marriage (most Jewish men were married which was and is an important part of their culture) and Him being called Rabbi, it could have been His own marriage or simply He was attending the marriage of a family member.
However, Him being a Jewish man, it is certain that Jesus danced at this Wedding and many other similar Jewish feasts and celebrations.
Here is another reference of dancing and singing Jesus made, in Matt 11:17, when He stated, "'We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.”
My personal picture of Jesus is one of Him dancing is because as He said, “The Kingdom of God” in not a time or place (EXTERNALLY founded), but lies within you”. And I believe that Heaven is a place in which singing and dancing are permitted and can be a fun place to live.
Yes as we dance our bodies should be lively and we become very much ALIVE. In fact, we should be dancing every minute of our day to become as vibrant. It is this ALIVENESS of Jesus that is my ideal on how my life should be lived as I believe; yours as well.
Well if you will remember, Jesus message was that we adults need to become child-like again. Well, for years I couldn’t figure it all out until one day I saw a miracle. I saw two little girls at the ages of about 3 or 4 holding hands and skipping in church. I said, to myself, “Hell I can do that”. So every morning whenever, I awake I put a skip in my step, and I do the same while at work or at home, Well, guess what, by applying this simple gospel message, skipping has changed my life forever. Why, because my whole attitude on life from that day on, has never been the same.
As a final statement I have added Raj Rghunathan Ph. D. “Grow to Be a Child” In July 12, 2011 of Psychology Today, suggestion. He advises, “In sum, becoming childlike really takes a variety of abilities: awareness of why we lose our childlikeness, courage to challenge society's views about what's worthy of pursuit, and, finally, intelligence to figure out an alternative set of rules by which to live. In short, it isn't child's play to be childlike; in fact, it takes great maturity to be childlike.”
And because Jesus danced and probably skipped too, and celebrated life, so should you.