A Thought on Jesus and Paul

It is perfectly legitimate for a Christian to distinguish between Jesus and Paul – for instance when Paul lapses into the puritan work ethic that comes so naturally to him.

There is an air of relaxation about Jesus, a touch of the gypsy, of the Huckleberry Finn.

Jesus, weary from the journey, sat down just as he was
on the ground by the well. It was about noon. (John 4:6)

I love that image of Jesus, “sat down just as he was on the ground” in the heat and dust.

Such a shame that in every painting of this scene he is sitting on a stone bench or on the wall of the well, looking dignified and superior – or worried.