Jesus in Disguise

There was a song on the radio that had a couple of phrases that caught my attention, that I really liked and couldn’t get out of my head although I didn’t care as much for the rest of the words. This is written as though it were a song, but it has no tune. Any one interested in writing a tune to it, please let me know. This title is originally from a quote from Mother Theresa, I believe. Someone had asked her how she managed to do what she did with all those sick, dirty people and she had replied that she just saw them all as Jesus in disguise. I just love that picture!

Everyone you meet is Jesus in disguise

Jesus in Disguise

Verse 1:
He lives beneath a bridge but as
I look into his eyes
I do not see a homeless man
But Jesus in disguise.
The prisoner on death row sits,
An object to despise.
But if we look more closely we’ll
See Jesus in disguise.
A prostitute whose life is filled
With loveless sex and lies
Is just another person who
Is Jesus in disguise.
A child alone and hurting, who
With silent, anguished cries,
Calls out to you for comfort;
He is Jesus in disguise
A Christian who has lost his way,
Is lost in compromise,
Needs you to gently help restore.
He’s Jesus in disguise.

Chorus:
You searched for a mighty king
To wear a golden crown.
Too busy looking up for Him
You never did look down.
You searched but didn’t recognize
And walked right by Your King
You didn’t see past His disguise.
You never saw a thing.

Verse 2:
He takes the form of folk today
We may not recognize
Though dirty, humbled, bowed by sin,
They’re Jesus in disguise.
So help the poor, down-trodden, weak,
And try to realize
When you are helping them, you’re helping
Jesus in disguise.
For Jesus said,  Whoever helps
The least of these to rise
Does so for me; He’s telling us
They’re Jesus in disguise.
So don’t just walk past others.
If you look, to your surprise,
You’ll find that people all around
Are Jesus in disguise.
But one day we will see them all
As we meet in the skies.
And we’ll be there with Jesus who
Is no more in disguise.

Chorus:
You searched for a mighty king
To wear a golden crown.
Too busy looking up for Him
You never did look down.
You searched but didn’t recognize
And walked right by Your King
You didn’t see past His disguise.
You never saw a thing.
© 2012 Denise McKenney

Feel free to print, share or repost anything on this blog. I do ask that you let me know if you use one of my poems on your blog or at your church somehow. It might give me an idea of better ways to spread His words, which I am always looking to do. And of course, always keep the copyright symbol and my name with the poem so I continue to have the right to use them. You may not realize that if something is posted enough times without the copyright notice, I could lose the copyright and then someone else could conceivably file for a copyright and I would no longer be able to use my own poems! It has happened, so please make sure the (c) is always on the poem whenever you repost. Thanks!

God bless,
Denise McKenney

About dforchrist

I am a 50+-year-old Christian, live in Indiana with my husband and 3 cats, and love Jesus. God has been giving me the ability to write incredible poems lately as well as the urge to share them. I pray they touch you as He intends.
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2 Responses to Jesus in Disguise

  1. Wow – I’m so sharing this – thank you for sharing…what a great reminder of Christ’s words that when we do this for the least of these we do for Him…I’ve got God bumps!

    • dforchrist says:

      Thank you. It was all from God. This is one of those poems that came through me, but clearly originated with Him. I’m so glad it touched you enough to want to share. God bless.

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