Have you noticed how often Jesus in the gospels you see Jesus touching the leper, healing the sick, freeing the demoniac, honoring women, inviting children to sit at his feet, blessing the blind man, honoring the foreigner—in other words, gravitating to those who live in the margins of life?
Think about it. Jesus identified with the powerless:
He was born into the world, not with pomp and circumstance, but in a borrowed manger by a woman accused of sexual indiscretion. Jesus was raised by a step-father.
He was quickly homeless when his family had to flee to Egypt.
There He was a foreigner living in a culture that wasn’t his families’ culture. Their Egyptian neighbors spoke a different language and served a foreign god.
He was poor. At his dedication in the temple Mary and Joseph offered the sacrifice allowed by those who were poor.
In his ministry He didn’t have a home, land, a wife, a salary or an animal for transportation.
He was often hungry (when he fasted) and he depended on others to feed him and give him drink.
He walked everywhere He went.
At his death he had one change of clothes and that was taken from him.
He was falsely accused of a crime and beaten within an inch of his life. He was physically abused.
He was stripped naked and mocked, that’s sexual abuse.
He was crucified between two thieves on a cross which was the most humiliating and horrible death possible.
Jesus continually laid down his rights and gave up power to identify with us—and with the least of these. No wonder he compels us to do the same.
This is why He could say, When you did it to one of the least (you helped them) of these my brothers and sisters, you’ve done it unto me. Matthew 25:40