I came into my little study this morning to find my "Jesus is homeless" bag in the rubbish basket. What?! Who has done this?! Further investigation is made and I discover that my wife is responsible. Gulp?!
'Please tell me why'.
'It is theologically incorrect.'
So methinks about it for awhile.
I believe Barby is right. Jesus is not homeless. Far from it. Not only does John 14 make it clear that he has a home in heaven which he is preparing for those who are his, but 1 Cor 3 (and elsewhere) would suggest that Jesus makes his home in the hearts of those who are his right now - whenever they gather, wherever they are.
The 'Jesus is homeless' idea comes from a desire to demonstrate that Jesus has compassion for the homeless and because he walks this world enfleshed in his people, so should his people. However is it not a little ironic - even self-defeating - to announce this concern by speaking of the homelessness of Jesus? Quite the contrary. As the homeless who are his gather together, Jesus actually makes his home among them. WOW! What a truth...
Meanwhile those who have homes who are his consider that part of their mission task in the world today is to provide homes for the homeless. This is done with the hope not just that the homeless will be 'homed' but that they will respond positively to the gospel which motivated this 'homing' activity as they hear it shared with them ... so that they too will join Jesus in his John 14 home one day.