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Jesus Tattoo Billboard – The Campaign Behind It

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Jesus Tattoo Billboard – The Campaign Behind It
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A Texas billboard of Jesus is causing quite a stir. That’s because it depicts Jesus in a way that many people are not used to, tattooed. An anonymous group has designed 59 billboards throughout Lubbock, Texas, that shows Jesus tattooed with various negative phrases.

While it might seem like they are against Jesus and Christianity, the group says the reason behind the billboards is not negativity towards religion.

The reason for the negative words is to prove a point that Jesus can transform the negative things in persons life into positive ones. The billboard is part of a campaign to spread love and the story of Jesus. The billboards direct readers to a website where they can watch videos and read more about the story of Jesus. During the video, viewers can see the negative phrases tattooed on the body of Jesus disappear and get replaced with positive words. The campaign hopes to show people from all walks of life that Jesus loves and can help everyone, regardless of their sins or the baggage they carry.

“We’re finding that those who visit the website and watch the video come to understand the message of the campaign. Certainly, like with all deeply personal relationships, not everyone approves of the image of Jesus with tattoos, but we welcome the controversy because we understand that a dialogue on the issue is the best way to spread the message,” said Ashleigh Sawyer, media relations coordinator for Jesus Tattoo.

While the Jesus Tattoo Billboard may have been created with the best of intentions, not everyone likes it.

“I don’t like the picture. I think it’s very derogatory,” said one resident.

Many other Texas residents were also offended by the depiction of Jesus. Others embraced it, saying it was a clever way to get attention and reach out to people who may not be typical Christians or churchgoers .

“I thought that it was cleverly done because, basically, it’s a visual of Jesus taking the sins of people and covering them and taking them from an outcast or something and giving them a new start, which is what the gospel is about,” David Wilson, a senior pastor at Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock said.

The group behind the campaign hopes to add more billboards across the country and even internationally.

Image from Jesustattoo.org.

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  • mm

    God Will Not Be Mocked. The falling away is happening before our eyes as Christ warned. The attach on Christians is coming.

    • Dont Believe The Hype

      Idiot

    • Jack

      mm is stating a Fact !

  • Pastor Akande A J

    We should understand that, there was never a camera picture of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because there was no such technology during that time. All similar pictures were mere figments of finite human imaginations. None of world renowned archeologists can give us the carbon dated evidence of His ‘skeleton’ because His Body never rot. He resurrected. So the REAL picture of JESUS is love, joy, kindness, goodness, happiness, patience, longsuffering, meekness, mercy etc in the heart and life of a born-again christian. ‘..Christ in you, the hope of glory’(Colossians 1:27;Acts 11:26) So Jesus bore all our indelible sins ‘tatoo’ on His body on the cross and have all dissolved in His precious Blood ONLY for those that will CONFESS their sins and ACCEPT HIM as Lord and Savior.God bless you. Amen. Pastor Akande John.

  • Pastor Akande A J

    Though, I have not watched the video clips of Jesus Tattoo, I believed that, the intention of the makers was to present Jesus Christ in the most simplest way most people would understand the message of the gospel of Christ. The urgent need for everybody to repent and prepare for the soon coming of our Savior Jesus Christ is highly imperative. Yes, Jesus is right here to ‘untattoo’ the worst ‘indellible’ tattoo of SINS in our HEART and to give you total delieverance. ‘The thief (satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am (JESUS) come that they might have LIFE, and that they (I and you) might have it more ABUNDANTLY.’ KJV (John 10:10) So, I commend the efforts of our beloved ‘Jesus Tattoo’ team. God bless you all. Amen.

  • Scott Bosco

    Excellent.

  • Cherry

    oh sure, it’s an ‘anon’ group. If only we had some real journalists, we would know who was behind this campaign. Soros? Media Matters? It’s just another in a long line of propaganda from the Progressives to drag Christianity into the dirt and dilute the message so the message will be meaningless.

    • Tim johnson

      It is meaningless. It was made up by middle east sheep herders 2000 years ago. “I heard he walked on water”, “well that’s nothing, I heard he changed water into wine”. An unmarried couple were having a baby and that gets you killed in that time and that region. They made up a story and those gullible people believed it. We, more advanced and logical shouldn’t believe that hilarious hoax.

  • Jib

    What’s the big deal? They are just adding to a fairy tale anyway. Basically just fan fiction.

    • Manuel

      Which also means you were derived from a —-. Which intern means you and I mean you are the fairy tail.

      • J P

        It is a fairy tale and you need to learn how to spell.

    • Teresa Henson

      In all due respect to your opinion..if it is a fairy tale..then it is one of the most awesome ones I have ever read!..and if it is..we have nothing to lose..but if it ain’t (and I firmly believe in JESUS and that HE died for our sins)..then those who choose not to believe will stand before HIM and then his eternity will be decided..I would much rather believe than take a chance on spending eternity in hell that was prepared for the devil and his followers..just sayin…

  • JOE

    As a true believer and minister, the message is true. Christ died for all of us. He took our sins away and allowed us to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. Please consider what he has done for you and I. His death redeemed us all! He took all of our sins so that we may live forever in His Kingdom. All that He asks in return is to believe in Him and love Him. What an incredible relationship.

    • Teresa Henson

      Indeed it is Pastor Joe..an awesome relationship..and until you accept Him and Believe in Him..you just don’t know..:)so many are missing out on this!

  • KiCk iT

    There are more than 10 commandments: Leviticus 28 “Don’t tatto your self. I am God.
    I like the intended message not the way it is represented.

    • gracie

      it also says don’t eat pork. you are no longer under the levitical law, but the law of grace. move on.

      • Teresa Henson

        That’s true Gracie..:) a lot of people don’t understand that..:)

      • Fred

        Agreed, we now are not under the law. But Jesus was under the law and therefore it would be sin for him to be tattooed.

  • KiCk iT

    Sorry Liviticus 19 verse 28

  • Israel

    I think this is the dumest thing I ever seen. Everybody knows the story of Jesus and what he did for us all. Your body is a temple which belongs to God, and is not yours to tattoo, I have tattoo’s but didn’t know that before I got them,,, but I will never get another for now I know the truth. Tattoo is big business these days, yet its not right to scar our temple.

    • Rachel

      You can honor God with your tattoos and use them as a way to witness to others. Personally I do not like them.

      It’s important, however, to look at the verse in context. This passage in Leviticus, including the surrounding text, is specifically dealing with the pagan religious rituals of the people living around the Israelites. God’s desire is to set his people apart from other cultures. The focus here is prohibiting worldly, heathen worship and witchcraft. God forbids his holy people to engage in idolatrous, pagan worship and sorcery which imitates the heathens. He does this out of protection, because he knows this will lead them away from the one true God.

    • gracie

      your comment shows your inorance of your own book. jesus’ own words indicate that you are not bound by the old testament law, but by the new law of grace. however, if getting a tatoo offends you, then, by all means, don’t get one. that does not make it ok for you to make a judgement against others and their tattoos.

    • Funsley

      Isreal may God in his mercy forgive you and he will nt count it as a sin to you in jesus name.

    • Teresa Henson

      Hello Israel..glad to hear you know the truth!..AMEN..I really think (my opinion) that the bill board tells it like it is..JESUS DIED FOR ALL SIN..even people that put tatoos on theirselves..but we all harm our (temple of God) bodies in some way..bad food, smoking, drinking, etc..but HE still forgives!..for HE doesn’t see these things when we are forgiven..HE only sees our hearts!..take care!

  • Mercy

    I don’t know what Jesus would think of this because I am not Jesus. What I do know is that Christ is right about everything and he is exactly who he said he was. I have been to some of the worst places in the world and could have easily been killed but because I prayed and trusted in Christ, I literally came out untouched. For those who think I am exaggerating, I am not. For those who think I had something to do with my survival, I did not. It was trust in Christ and in prayer.

    Christ’s greatest attribute is his mercy for all souls. Even the greatest of sinner can find mercy from Christ. All a person has to do is turn and inch towards him. His whole life was a lesson for all of us. It was the ultimate lesson in teaching by example. His whole life was filled for mercy for all people — even those that killed him.

    When I was in some really God awful places, I prayed the Rosary and I recommend that to everyone. When you pray the rosary, you meditate on the life of Christ and by doing this, you will see just how much he struggled but you will also see how he persevered. Life is a struggle — it is a test and a lesson in perseverance. Christ showed us how to meet that challenge.

    I guess the most important thing I can say to anyone struggling out there is that Christ loves you. Don’t ever be afraid to go to him. Christ is not like man. Man may disappoint you but Christ will not. Trust in him always.

    • Jack

      It is so good to no a man who Beleaves in Jesus Christ.Many People need to whack up and beleave in God and Jesus.

      • Tim johnson

        I believe that 2000 years ago fables were written about a man and the stories got bigger and bigger until they became stories that he did miracles and was the son of god and now 2000 years later there are millions of people who were told these fables since birth and they for some crazy reason believe it. Seriously think about the outrageousness of the story of jesus. It makes an enlightened man shake his head in disbelief.

        • gracie

          you actually believe that you are right, without proof, and everyone else is wrong, with their own experiences validating their beliefs? that is called delusional. the history of the man jesus is well documented. the supernatural is well documented to this day. you are seriously closed minded.

        • Funsley

          Jesus is a son of God and he died and he is risen from the dead.but God made it clear to u in the book of leviticus 19 vs 28 that we should not tattoo our body.

          • Fred

            Although I agreed that Jesus would not tattoo himself because he was under the law as you pointed out in Leviticus 19:28 … Jesus told Paul that we are no longer under the law so I feel tattooing is acceptable (though I would never get one)

    • Dorothy Carlton

      Very beautifully put and so true! I also have experienced miraculous answers to persistent prayer.

    • Teresa Henson

      AMEN!…Mercy I totally agree that is was GOD and prayer that took care of you..for there have been circumstances in my life that only GOD/JESUS could have took care of it!…:) you keep on for Jesus!..God bless!

  • Ms Glenda Laboy

    I Think there ungly look like ink all over body.But poeple want look ungly there skin nasty.Jesus was clean person.

    • J P

      Wow. Learn how to spell.

    • gracie

      ms glenda, jesus was a clean person, as are all observant jews, but the idea here is that he took on all the ugliness of the world so they wouldn’t have to. that is biblicly sound doctrine.

      • Teresa Henson

        So true!…HE died for all sin..ALL and that includes tattoed people..:)

  • Dreems711

    He looks like the Geico cavemen

    • Tim johnson

      The story of jesus was made up by people not much more advanced mentally or civilly than cavemen.

      • gracie

        you only show your ignorance when you make such obviously ignorant statements

      • Teresa Henson

        SORRY YOU BELIEVE THIS..IF IT IS JUST A FAIRY TALE..THEN WOW!..IT’S THE MOST AMAZING ONE I EVER READ..AND IF IT’S NOT!..WHEN WE ALL DIE ONE DAY..AND DEATH IS INEVITABLE..IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO ALL OF US ONE DAY..THEN THOSE WHO DID NOT BELIEVE..WOW TO THEM..I DO BELIEVE..FOR I FEEL HIM IN MY HEART!..I RESPECT YOUR COMMENT TIM..SO PLEASE RESPECT MINE..TAKE CARE!

    • Crystal

      Read about the Caucasus-Eurasian Mountains. That’s where there name Caucasian comes from (the neanderthal/cavemen). So this depiction of this fake Savior aka. Cesare Borgia is on point. The Savior was a black man (Rev.1:14-15). The truth shall set you free, if you want to be.

  • Lisa

    Well, the billboard imagery makes perfect sense to me. As a Christian myself, I really think followers should get over this idea of everything Jesus did as this pretty, clean process. He devoted his time to the very people many “Christians” look down on and cast aside. LOOK AND LEARN, FOLLOWERS.

    • Teresa Henson

      WOW LISA!..VERY WELL SAID..:) AND YES JESUS DID JUST THAT..HE DID NOT DIE IN VAIN..BUT FOR THE VERY WELL THINGS THIS AD STANDS FOR..:)

  • LoveforJesus

    Matthew 7:1
    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Who are we to judge?? Nobody is perfect and everyone has battled some demons or felt lost. We should feel proud that the word of Jesus is being spread to other who might be feeling lost and confused. God has a way of helping people in need. Good job Jesus Tattoo may the God bless you and what you are trying to do for others.

    • Teresa Henson

      AMEN!..AND GOD DOES LOVE PEOPLE WITH TATTOOS..HE DOESN’T SEE THE TATTOOS..JUST THE HEART!

  • love

    I was surprised it wasn’t a black or Latino Jesus with all those tatoos ;-)

    • Teresa Henson

      I KNOW WHAT YOUR SAYING..:) BUT ALL KINDS OF RACES HAVE THEM..:)

  • John

    I think those who have a problem with it need to open their minds. So many so called Christians habitually misqote & misinterpret the Bible. It is my understanding that Jesus wanted us to shake a few trees and question authority when it clearly goes against biblical teachings. Furthermore, the same people who enjoy their rights of
    freedom of speech & expression, seem hellbent on denying others the same rights

    • Teresa Henson

      HELLO JOHN..THE ONLY THING I WANT TO SAY..IS ABOUT FREEDOM OF SPEECH..(YOU DON’T KNOW ME..BUT I AM A VERY NICE, CARING, LOVING, PERSON WHO HAS BEEN FORGIVEN OF MY SINS..AND I DO STILL MAKE MISTAKES)…BUT IT’S SAD THAT THERE ARE TIMES I CAN’T EVEN HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH ABOUT SAYING I BELIEVE IN GOD, JESUS, AND CAN’T HAVE PRAYER IN CERTAIN PLACES..THOSE SHOULD BE MY RIGHTS JUST AS OTHER BELIEVERS..:)

  • Mark

    Sickening

  • SiNn

    First of all, read the article. Don’t just look at the pic and comment. Secondly, the bible, the new testament was written by people who didn’t even exist when Jesus supposedly walked this earth. They were not witnesses to christs resurrection. The new testament was written 200 years after jesus died. Just the fact that there is an old testament, and new shows you that the story is tainted. And the many books the Romans through out aswell.

    • gracie

      i don’t know where you get your information, but you should check your sources. you are provably wrong on every point, except for Paul who did not personally know the man Jesus. early historians records confirm the validity of the gospels as being written by men who knew the man jesus. these are historians who were greek, roman, jewish, etc. non of whom “believed” check your stuff before you spout. you make yourself look foolish.

      • Fred

        Jesus knew Jesus. He meet him on road to Damascus and he wrote by revelation from Christ(God). Galations 1:12 For I [Paul] did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

        • jeremiah

          You mean *Paul knew Jesus. Gotcha though.

  • gracie

    as usual, people commenting who know nothing about jesus, the bible, or spirituality. it is interesting tho to me that the ones griping the loudest are the same who insist on their fundamental constitutional rights. like freedom of speech. if you are truely an american christian, you should be applauding. if you are for this current administration, you should be ashamed of yourselves for the way you treat those who exercise their freedoms to speak about islam, vs the way you treat those speak against christianity. shame on you for your lack of honor, integrity, and general poor character. by the way, i am not religious. have no use or religion at all, but injustice irks me as it should all of us.

    • Teresa Henson

      HELLO GRACIE..I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU ARE SAYING..AND I RESPECT THE FACT THAT YOU SAID YOU HAVE NO USE FOR RELIGION..JUST WANTED TO SAY FOR OTHERS..I AM A CHRISTIAN..AND YES PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT JESUS/THE BIBLE BEFORE THEY SAY CERTAIN THINGS PERTAINING TO (WHAT YOU SAID IN THE OPENING OF YOUR COMMENT)..SO JUST WANTED TO SAY ..TO ME..CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A RELIGION..IT IS A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS IN MY HEART..:)THAT’S HOW I FEEL.. THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENT..HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

  • Crystal

    This doesn’t offend me at all. Because the Savior didn’t have blond hair and blue eyes to begin with (Rev.1:14-15). Therefore, the so-called Jesus (Mexican name) is a figure made up by evil men so that The Most High’s chosen people would feel and be belittled to serve this idol. So tat up your Cesare Borgia all you like. This is just another delusional distraction for Elohim’s children.

    • jeremiah

      First off: Jesus comes from the Latin form of the Greek (Iesous), a rendition of the Hebrew (Yeshua), having the variants Joshua or Jeshua (meaning: God is salvation). The Latin/Hispanic community has been using a version of “geeze-us”…”hey-zeus” for quite some time, but the origin is Jesus’ name goes way back, and actually be closer to the name Joshua. Second: You’re right, he didn’t have blond hair and blue eyes: He was a Jew, so he had dark hair and olive skin. The verse you’re quoting in Revelation is in reference to Jesus’ glorified state “eyes like fire, feet like bronze, it wasn’t detailing his on earth/facebook profile pic. What does his appearance have to do with the context of the news article? The tattoojesus.com videos are not depicting an idol (false god), but it depicting the Jesus of the Bible. I’m not sure what you’re trying to communicate. You call him “the Savior,” and then paint him as a “figure made up by evil men.” I’m not sure where you stand? Not trying to be judgmental, just hoping you can clarify your point.

      • Crystal

        Oh boy another one of you, lol I know about the latin words, the greek words, and there were no I’s and J’s 500 plus years ago…blah blah blah I repeat there were no I’s and J’s. YHWH, The Most High, Elohim etc. Yashuah/The Messiah/Savior. This is what do all day long. I love the olive skin that you point out. Olives are green and black. However, when the oil is pressed it’s golden or green.The Most High called the Israelite’s His olives. However, I don’t seen green people walking around. Just like wool/sheep hair is kinky like dread locks when it’s not refined.The men of the bible had dread locks (Num.6:5, Eze. 44:20, Levit 21:5, Judg. 16:13, 1 Sam. 1:11, and Judg. 16:19). Yes, I know about the Hebrew slaves in Egypt who were taken from Africa (Deut28) and those same people are in America and were scattered amongst the nations(Deut.7:7-26) (the tribe of Judah and Benjamin). I can quote any verse to you and back it up with proof any day or time. This is not the Messiah/Yashuah/Savior or your so-called Jesus of the bible. Man has destroyed truth and many have awakened from their slumber. Carefully read Deut 28 and see which nation of people line up with the curses. What nation of people have no heritage (Psalm83:1-4) ? Jewish is a religion and a nation of people. The Messiah said He came for the House of Ysreal (Matt. 15:21-28). Egyptians, Arabs, Africans, etc. were all BLACK. The white race came from Canaan, Ham’s son when Ham sinned and thereafter an evil nation produced Esau. There were two nations of people at war. Esau and Yacoub/Jacob. Esau=white and Yacoub= black. Read the the story of the 2 brothers and how the Most High hated Esau for his evil deeds (Mal. 1:1-4) and You know why the Messiah spoke in parables? Because everyone who understand or accept TRUTH. And that is why people today cannot not digest truth. So, is it possible to love The Father and not his chosen people (Exod.4:22).? It is not! The bible was written for the Hebrew Israelites who are not African, but who were slaves brought from Egypt/Northern Africa…the 12 tribes of Ysreal/Israel. The Son is not white. The Most High never wanted His chosen people to mix with the heathen the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11). What nation of people are ruling today and always have been? The Israelites are the lost sheep of this world. They were suppose to be the head. And as the human body has it, if the head is sick, the whole body is sick. That’s why there’s so much madness and evil in the world. However, one day it will cease. May God be with you!

        • Crystal

          In the sentence above, I was stating that the Savior used parables to weed out those who didn’t know him. People were frustrated because they didn’t understand his teachings and they left and wondered back into the world. Remember, the Messiah started out with many apostles and ended up with 12(Luke 6:13-16). This is what’s happeneing today because many are coming forth with truth. Subsequently, many cannot believe that a nation of people who are looked down upon, can be the chosen people. YHWH made us in His image from dirt. Therefore, His son wouldn’t be made in His image? That makes no sense. What nation of people have a rhythm in their hearts to praise Him so, and their leaders have steered them in the wrong direction (Jere. 23 and 50:6). What nation of people is hated by all, even themselves and have no leader (Eze. 34) ? The so-called African American aka the Children of Ysrael/Israel. May you open your heart to truth. Also, read Obadiah, because time is winding down. May god be with you.

          • jeremiah

            The Messiah had many people who followed him (not apostles (that came later)), and he handpicked the 12. I’m still not sure what you’re getting at. The Messiah came through Israel, yes. And I love the Jews. But the Messiah didn’t just come for the Jews. He came to save the world, indiscriminate of your ethnicity. What is your “religious” affiliation, by the way? May help me understand a little more clearly where you’re coming from with your theology.

  • jeremiah

    These billboards and the corresponding website are an “illustration.” Fellow Christians: please look at the context of the mission here – the spirit of the message, before criticizing the delivery. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:22: “…I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” Application: Think outside the box. Jesus did/does it every day. Please, please, remember Jesus’ heart. Don’t be a slave to the law. A huge part of Jesus’ mission included being…”wounded for our transgressions,” Isaiah 53:5. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Jesus got marked up for us, had our sins transferred to his account. Get it? Can you not see the forest for the trees? Watch the videos with an open heart. People need Jesus, not legalism. Oh, and I’ve got tattoos – full sleeves – that have helped me share Christ’s gospel with dozens of people. That’s a perk. I really got them for me though. I love art. My body is the temple of the Spirit, absolutely. So I glorify God with it. I’ve never met a person that judged me for the tattoos. I guess I’m fortunate to have not encountered Christians that look at the outward appearance over the heart. I’m sure I will rattle a few at some point, but that’s small fry stuff to me. They can hate on me if they want, but I’ll keep loving as the Lord supplies. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13.

    • Teresa Henson

      AMEN! JEREMIAH…I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!..I REMEMBER WHEN MY SON GOT HIS FIRST TATTOO..OMG!..THEN I REALIZED GOD STILL LOVES HIM AND HE DON’T SEE THE TATTOOS..ONLY THE HEART..I KNOW THE BIBLE SAYS WE SHOULD KEEP OUR BODY (GOD’S TEMPLE) CLEAN..BUT THAT CAN INCLUDE A LOT OF THINGS..EVEN EATING FOOD THAT IS BAD FOR YOU..SMOKING..ETC..BUT THEN AGAIN…IT’S THE HEART THAT GOD SEES AND WANTS FROM US!..YOU KEEP ON KEEPIN ON FOR JESUS!…:)BTW..WOULD YOU PLEASE PRAY FOR MY SON…HIS NAME IS MATTHEW..HE IS 24..HE GAVE HIS LIFE TO CHRIST WHEN HE WAS ONLY 7..BUT HAS WANDERED AWAY..YOU DON’T KNOW HIM…BUT GOD DOES..I BELIEVE IN PRAYER..SO PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WOULD MAKE HIMSELF MORE REAL TO HIM AND PUT HIM ON THE RIGHT PATH..GOD BLESS!

  • Cathie

    Awesome video- make sure to watch it before commenting! I am glad to see at least one church group is getting back on the right track- helping people find God’s plan for their life.

    • Teresa Henson

      AMEN TO YOU CATHIE!..I TOTALLY AGREE!…:)

    • Fred

      I won’t watch it. It depicts Jesus in the act of sin. Leviticus 19:28 You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: Thus, a tattoo is a SIN UNDER THE LAW.

      • http://webproneews Cecilia

        That’s not Jesus! Its Cesar Borgia.

  • Robert Klauka

    I wonder if they realize that it’s a sin according to the Bible to tattoo yourself. Just sayin’!

    • Teresa Henson

      Hello..yes it is not good to tattoo ourselves..God says to keep our body clean..but drinking to much coke and eating things that are not good for us harm our body too..GOD does forgive ALL sin..HE did mine..even tattoos..for HE does not see them..but HE sees our hearts!

      • jeremiah

        Robert:Teresa: I’ve been a Christian for 15 years, graduated from a Bible College, and have been working with troubled youth for 10 years (all that to say: I’ve been in the Bible for quite some time, both reading and teaching) this isn’t me being snooty/just a “point of fact.”)). Can you please give me one verse, that is not taken out of context, that backs up your statement. Although this article isn’t about Christian’s getting tattoos I’ll indulge your appetite to snip at legalities. Just in case you missed my comment I’ll repost it here: These billboards and the corresponding website are an “illustration.” Fellow Christians: please look at the context of the mission here – the spirit of the message, before criticizing the delivery. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:22: “…I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” Application: Think outside the box. Jesus did/does it every day. Please, please, remember Jesus’ heart. Don’t be a slave to the law. A huge part of Jesus’ mission included being…”wounded for our transgressions,” Isaiah 53:5. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Jesus got marked up for us, had our sins transferred to his account. Get it? Can you not see the forest for the trees? Watch the videos with an open heart. People need Jesus, not legalism. Oh, and I’ve got tattoos – full sleeves – that have helped me share Christ’s gospel with dozens of people. That’s a perk. I really got them for me though. I love art. My body is the temple of the Spirit, absolutely. So I glorify God with it. I’ve never met a person that judged me for the tattoos. I guess I’m fortunate to have not encountered Christians that look at the outward appearance over the heart. I’m sure I will rattle a few at some point, but that’s small fry stuff to me. They can hate on me if they want, but I’ll keep loving as the Lord supplies. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13.

    • bobbi jo

      Where does it say in the Bible that tattoos are a sin?? What makes them dirty? If tattoos are dirty then I am going to see a a lot of people in Hell. Pigs, gluttons, the world is full of all fat slobs and drunks. Gluttony is also a sin and that is all I see are people shoveling food down their gullets like animals. Furthermore, people wear earrings too, that is desecration to the body too I guess. I have seen all kinds of religious figures with tattoos. There is nothing dirty about tattoos. Next time you are slobbering and sweating all over your bed partner keep in mind how dirty you both are getting.

      • j

        Leviticus 19:28, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord.”

      • michael

        Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.

        –Leviticus 19:28 (NIV)

        • Cristabel

          You do realize that these are part of the old law, when we had no hope at redemption. When Christ came and sacrificed His life for the world, he released us from the bondage of the Law that was the Old Testament.

          The whole point of the commandments and the law was to show us that it isn’t humanely possible to meet all of God’s requirements for salvation and that only Christ could meet all those requirements for us.

          If I get a tattoo, and it doesn’t blaspheme God, how am I sinning? If this were the case than anyone who had tattoos and then accepted Christ could not be saved; which is completely untrue. God takes us as we are throughout the rest of our lives, He is constantly working in us, changing us.

          Many people’s ideas of Christianity and Jesus are so ignorant.

        • jeremiah

          To michael and J: I don’t know if you’re Christians or not, but a huge part of the dispensation of Grace (period of history when Jesus stepped onto the scene), is that we are no longer under the Law, but under Grace (Rom.6). Granted that doesn’t give us license to wallow in the mud, but understand that God is concerned with the heart. Period. The ten commmandments were given to show us God’s standard of holiness, the Levitical laws piggy-backed. And in the context of Lev. 19: Man, it’s about keeping his people from paganism, listing specific practices that pagans used to pacify, envoke demons. Is that even close to an association with tattoos today? I think not. If our society made that association I wouldn’t have any. Beside the fact that you’re missing the point completely…Our bodies are meant to honor the Lord. My tattoos have brought me countless opportunties to share my testimony, and the love of Jesus with people (got my tattoos after I came to the Lord, BTW). Not once, NOT ONCE, has an unbeliever that I’ve talked with been turned off from Jesus because of my tattoos. It’s Christians, on blogs like this that are haters. I’ve also moved a lot, and had the privilege of worshiping beside hundreds of other Christians in the US. Again, not once, have I had a sharp word against me because of my tattoos. My life is a testimony to Jesus. My desire is to see Him glorified in all that I do, and the words of so many bear witness to that (that’s not gloating, that’s me saying it’s a heart issue…a heart issue. Is what I’m doing honoring to God, or not. Period. Don’t be modern day Pharisees. Love and Truth will win over legalism every time.

  • gracie

    normally, i don’t bother commenting on religious stuff, but when it involves directly, the man jesus, sometimes i make an exception. it would help most of you to read your own book with an open mind, that is with your brains IN. those of you who scoff as if at a fairy tale, you should examine the facts and actually documented historical accounts by non-religious historians. you make yourselves out be as foolish as those religious nuts that believe anything they’re told. both positions show you to be lazy, ignorant, mouthy, foolish people who have bad opinions and the lack of wisdom to keep your ignorance to yourselves.

    • Sam

      Love it!

  • Trini

    I love it!

  • BeeBee

    This is just another marketing strategy :-p

    • jeremiah

      No, man. It’s a message of hope. They’re not asking for money, and they’re not “selling” Jesus. Jesus can take care of himself, but he did ask his followers to spread the Word, and this is a creative way of doing just that. Bare minimum, in a world filled to the brim with violence and corruption, faith offers hope. But faith without substance is vain. If you want to validate your doubts you’ll search for info to do just that. And likewise, if you want truth (absolute truth, not subjective (pertaining to man’s whimsy)) it’s out there. Jesus said if you seek you’ll find, and I’ve found, that his promise is not empty. If you want to seek for truth check out Ravi Zacharias and CS Lewis to start with.

      • BeeBee

        I dont think so dude. You sound brainwashed.

        • jeremiah

          Well, if studying other points of view, going against the fickle, ever-changing norm, is what “brain-washing” means nowadays than I guess I’m guilty. Brain-washed is what happens when people stop digging for truth, take what they’re given at face value and then go with the flow. Come on, man, I just challenged you to look at a view that may/or may not be different than your own and you tell me I sound like I’M brainwashed?

  • Steve Dremel

    The whole point of the thing is to convey a simple idea…Jesus took our negative marks on himself so we could have positive ones in their place.

    Paraphrased from Old Testament (Isaiah), extant 300 years before He was born, “…The chastizement of our peace is upon him…”

    FREE SPEECH ROCKS and, imho, Jesus has always been offensive to Unforgiving, Self-centered Hypocrites!

  • Steve Dremel

    Jesus and His simple message of love and forgivness have alway been offensive and disturing to a guilty conscious.

    Its a SIMPLE message…good for bad…life for death…love for hate…He takes the negative in trade for a positive.

    Concepts like that really bother Haters and Bigots. It intrudes on their pitiful existence and makes them feel guilt for being jerks.

    • jk

      I hear ya. But why is Jesus depicted as a white guy? Jesus was born in the middle east, he should have darker skin and facial features of that ethnic group. The Church Fathers Saint Jerome and Saint Augustine of Hippo argued from a theological perspective that Jesus must have been ideally beautiful in face and body. So lets make him slim, trim, pretty and WHITE. That’s kind of racist don’t ya think? It’s obvious nobody has any clue what he really looked like. So why not depict him as a middle-eastern man……like where he was born. At least that would be geographically correct. But that makes too much sense.

      • dpw

        Maybe on this particular issue the Muslims have a point: our God should not be depicted at all in human form, as it might be at least disrespectful………..or not…..

      • http://webproneews Cecilia

        Middle Easterners today look nothing like they did over 2000 years ago. What we call the Middle East is actually, on observing a map, Northeast Africa. Remember, his family ran into Black Egypt to hide. He must have looked like the Egyptians to pull that off. He should not be portrayed, but since he is, let’s do it honestly. Scripture says “burned bronze skin and woolly white hair. Put that on a billboard and sit back and watch the “stupid”.

  • jk

    Why is Jesus always depicted as a white guy? If he was born in the middle-east, he would have had darker skin. He would also have different facial features like those from the middle-east region. I guess the creative designers/illustrators back then thought it would be a better marketing promotion if he was white.

    • jeremiah

      Come on, man. It’s about the message. Don’t get hung up on minutiae.

  • Jason

    this is very disrespectful to my god. you hearing people are ingorant and ashamed for doing this jesus don’t have tattoos i don’t like it! It wrong and disgusting for what ya’ll did on that billboards ya’ll make me sick and upset for treating our creator like that!

    • Teresa Henson

      Sorry..you’re missing the point..

  • Jason

    ya’ll are idiots jesus is not white! read your bible jesus is all in one race god and jesus created different race you friggin idiots! Jesus is white,black,brown,all color race ALL IN ONE! GOT IT MORONS!

  • Jason

    ya’ll are idiots jesus is not white! read your bible jesus is all in one race god and jesus created different race you idiots! Jesus is white,black,brown,all color race ALL IN ONE! GOT IT!

    • jeremiah

      Woah, dude. Take it easy with the mud slinging. You’re attacking and generalizing. There’s only a few comments about his race. John 1:3 says, “through Him all things were made.” So yeah, I agree with your statement about him creating races. But, I think, despite the misguided comments you’ve read, Jesus was born a Jew, from a Jew, so he looked the part (dark hair, olive skin). And, I’m excited to see Him in heaven, not sure what he’ll look like. But the issue is more about what he did for us (taking our sin, redeeming us, bringing us into a relationship with God).

    • http://netzero mars

      PRAISE the LORD Jason: I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OFFENDED by Jesus ALWAYS being portrayed as some white man! Jesus was from the middle east and probably more likely resembled bin Laden instead of some blue eyed blond hair European actor!
      Quoting from a line in this article the writer says: “The reason for the negative words is to prove a point that Jesus can transform the negative things in persons life into positive ones.” How about transforming the NEGATIVE white Jesus image and admit to the FACT that he was a person of COLOR!

      • jeremiah

        Dude. Lighten up. Don’t make this a race issue. If you’re truly concerned about Jesus, you’d see to the heart of the message, and applaud these people for trying something different to reach a generation and society that has been lost because of the Church’s overly-dogmatic, judgmental attitude. This isn’t a skin issue. This is a heart issue.

    • liz

      Jesus was born and lived in what is now the Middle East. Jesus loves all races (he may have been aware of them while he was alive, but most likely rarely saw other races), but he most likely had a dark complexion. So did his blessed mother. Jesus didn’t create different races (lolwut), races like Asian, African, Eurpoean, and Native Americans existed during the time he lived, and thousands of years before.
      History, logic, science and religion can all mesh together seamlessly if you have the ability to accept new information and apply it to what you already know and believe.

    • Regina

      Soooo….Jesus is a rainbow?

  • Eric

    Instead of outcast, it should have said Thug Life

  • chocolategirl926

    I am interested to know how many of the people who are complaining about the billboard actually watched the video? It’s brilliant in sharing the message of Jesus’ love for us.

  • Fred

    The billboards are pictures of Jesus sinning. Leviticus 19:28
    You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves… Since Jesus came to fulfill the law (Mat 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.) he would never be tattooed.

    • jeremiah

      Are you serious? It’s an “illustration”…AN ILLUSTRATION of a hardcore Biblical truth, depicted in a way that our generation (younger particularly) can relate to. He bore our iniquities. Jesus warned his disciples in Matt. 19:14 against an attitude similar to yours. “Allow the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Don’t be a Pharisee.

    • Charles Empey

      You are right. Jesus would not commit any sin, although in His sacrificial work on the cross, He became sin for us. He took upon Himself our sins, therefore, justifying us inspite of our sins. There is no justification for any sin, but there is forgiveness and acceptance of our Father in heaven through the substitutional work of Christ on the cross. So, whether we have tattooed our body or pierced it or commit any other offense to the law of God, Jesus willingly stood guilty for it in our place. In Christ, before the Father in heaven, I don’t have sin of anykind any more. This billboard, when calmly annalyzed, reveals the Savior ready to take on the sins of all who will come to Him no matter the sin. What we may count as too dirty, too lost, Jesus stands ready to take it on Himself as soon as that individual stops and receives Him as His personal Savior. Jn. 1:12; Second Cor. 5:21; Rom. 8:1 (Pastor of Crestview Baptis Church, Lamesa, TX)

    • Tessa

      You are taking that verse out of context. The practice of “tattooing your bodies for the dead” was a pagan one where family members attempted to gain favor for their loved ones in the afterlife. I don’t know if Jesus would or wouldn’t tattoo himself. I do know there is a big difference between tattooing yourself and tattooing yourself for the dead.

    • Catherine

      I thought it was a beautiful depiction of how Jesus Christ took ALL our sins upon himself.

      Fred, you need to be reminded of when Jesus was called out for healing on the Sabbath as it was against the law. Remember our Lord’s response. This is a similar and I believe it’s a good message delivered in a creative way to get people to think about Jesus Christ and His message and to offer hope to young people in a way they can relate.

    • Ashley

      Are you sure? Because in Revelations it says, when He comes back He will have “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” written on His thigh. I’m fairly certain Jesus isn’t going to borrow a pen before hand to write that down, so perhaps my Savior will be tattooed when He comes back.

  • Vegas Cowboy

    Wow an amazing video, Jesus took our sins to make us live ans so many people are quick to comment on this video with out watching it. i too have tattoos and scars in my life that only one that can redeem. Thanks for posting this video and will pass it along

  • http://WEBPRONEW SAM

    JESUS WAS A JEW & IT’S AGAINST JEISH LAW TO DEFILE THE BODY

    THIS IS JUST MENTAL MASTURBATION

    IT’S BORING

    • jeremiah

      Jesus is the Son of God, first and foremost. During his earthly ministry he identified himself as such (not saying he wasn’t born and raised in an Israelite community). And Jesus fulfilled the law, and introduced a new dispensation, one of Grace by faith. Mental masturbation? Is that what it did for you…’cause that’s not what I experienced, and doesn’t seem to be the consensus for anyone else. What makes it boring for you?

  • http://www.webpronews.com James

    Good. Now people will know why the Native American mascots need to be changed.
    Because it is offensive. What part of offensive don’t the racially hatred people do not understand?

  • http://webproneews Cecilia

    Uhm….that’s not Jesus. It’s a picture of a white man with a crown of thorns. That’s the sacrilege.

    • jeremiah

      Uhhh…yep,it’s not Jesus. Well-executed observation. Neither are any of the thousands of other representations depicted in books, walls, canvas’, movies, TV shows, voice overs, or another other dramatization. It’s a depiction/representation. Not sure how the representation in the film is sac-religious. Is it the “white” part that bothers you, the crown of thorns, or what? No one is stating that this ACTOR is Jesus…it’s a depiction. Loosen your belt a little and breath.

  • DAVID CALVERT

    your right

  • fred

    Does not appear that this group that is trying to bring people to Jesus knows much about him. Depicting Jesus as having Tatooed himself is contrary to what the Bible teaches about Tatoos

    • jeremiah

      Did you watch the video on the website? Dude, you missed the point, anyway, but I’ll jump on your train for a second. No where in the short video does it show him tattooing himself. Their sin transfers to his body, a visual representation of what Jesus did for us spiritually.

    • tim

      the point isnt saying Jesus has tattoos the tattos represent the sins he took away from us, and took on himself, it’s a metaphor

  • Nunya

    Whilst you all are splitting hairs over this garbage, the atheist here will be doing some volunteer time to actually HELP people in need. Good grief, you people can’t even follow your own book and rules.

    • jeremiah

      that’s not a fair statement.

  • TRUTH

    This is what you call an anti-christ false gospel – depicting a so called “jesus”, doing things that he did not and would not do. This is blasphemy, and it is wrong.

    Tattooing is an abomination in the sight of God Almighty, and it’s also breaking the COMMANDMENT not to make any “graven image” (exodus 20:4).

    HERE’S TRUTH: This video depicts people who have tattoos getting changed by a false “jesus”. When people with tattoos get saved by the TRUE JESUS CHRIST, they become ashamed of their tattoos… which by the way do not change because they are permanent.

    • jeremiah

      You are one of many who can’t seem to look past the skin to the heart (“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart”). Look (really look) at the message, because that’s what unbelievers are seeing (the message of hope and faith in Jesus), while you’re getting bent out of shape on a legality (like the Pharisees), whom Jesus was constantly correcting for their graceless approach. Dude, take the moat out of your eye. I am fairly sure, you are stewing as you’re reading this…so hellbent on defending “your” position, that you close off any other voice but your own.

      • jack

        jerimiah, brother, you make the MOST sense by far on here…esp oct 12 1:16pm…keep up the good work! (btw…I LIVE in Lubbock…and am SO proud that this started here, just one of the many, increasingly frequent “signs” [no pun intended] that God is reaching out to as many of His children as possible…IT’S TIME TO LISTEN UP PEOPLE! OPEN UP THOSE COLD, CLOSED HEARTS! LET GOD IN! DO NOT IGNORE THE MESSAGE!

    • jeremiah

      “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” You call yourself, “Truth.” You best take heed, man. The Lord is your judge.

    • jeremiah

      So you’re saying every single “depiction” of Christ: ie: in song, paintings (millions of which have been created over the course of hundreds of years in the church community), etc. is sinful. That’s absolutely ludicrous. I’ve stepped into dozens, and dozens of churches, (and just as many denominations) and have seen “depictions” of Jesus in every single one. Just curious…have you read the New Testament? If not, give it a good read (that means reading it, not picking and choosing ammo for “your” doctrine, and then come back to this post.

  • http://www.tattoolists.com James

    I’m not sure what the big deal is – can someone explain to me why people are freaking out?

  • judy

    After reading all the emails above, I keep hearing its our “Heart and a relationship with Him that God wants. After seeing the video of this website I just saw testimonials. What a blessing to hear how God is so close and waiting for us to redeem ourselves. I would have loved to have seen billboards showing Gods Love for us, not Tatoos. Yes, Jesus was pierced for our transgressions, and by his wounds we are healed. God is LOVE, not tatoos. He wants us to love one another. Just put up those words on a Billboard..55 or 56 of them in Lubbock, Texas and all over and see what happens. We must Glorify our God, Show his love for us.In Christ Jesus.

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