Since today is World AIDS Day, I thought it’d be appropriate to dust off this provocative article from 2009 by theologian Russell Moore:
Jesus has AIDS.
Just reading that in the type in front of you probably has some of you angry. Let me help you see why that is, and, in so doing, why caring for those with AIDS is part of the gospel mandate given to us in the Great Commission.
The statement that Jesus has AIDS startles some of you because you know it not to be true. Jesus, after all, is the exalted son of the living God. He has defeated death in the garden tomb, and defeated it finally. Jesus isnt weak or dying or infected; hes triumphant and resurrected.
Yes, but, what were often likely to miss is that Jesus has identified himself with the suffering of this world, an identification that continues on through his church. Yes, Jesus finishes his suffering at the cross, but he also speaks of himself as being persecuted by Saul of Tarsus, as Saul comes after his church in Damascus ( Acts 9:4 ).