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About jonbirch

animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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  1. Jen says:

    It’s Jesus in disguise – no beard and long hair

  2. janetp says:

    Jon, that is so brilliantly succinct! :)

    Jen, Jesus WAS in disguise. Lots of people were dressed like him and had hair like him. I wonder what he looks like now … ?

  3. sarah says:

    Like it.

  4. Robb says:






  5. Caroline Too says:

    ouch, we so expect Jesus to be the one who puts things right…

    but sometimes he just sits down beside us and joins in our weeping

    but maybe sometimes, because we’re looking for a successful, sorting-things-out Jesus

    we don’t notice that he’s weeping, and so we don’t get to sit beside him and share his tears for our world

    and maybe that’s why people don’t get to see Jesus when the look at us (hence the disguise?)

  6. subo says:

    I got really miffed at the weekend when some people were enjoying a good old gossip (not that I don’t sometimes), this time I got mad and told them not talk about people behind their backs, after which I got told I was a X%$?@ – and felt bad for overreacting, but on reading the gospels find Jesus walking away from situations where people were comparing him and John, or other stuff, – well, gave me a sense of perspective anyway. will bite my tounge next time

  7. andy amoss says:

    The implication that the character speaking to Jesus would expect having Jesus in his life to lift him into hope, rather than cause him to feel and own all the things described more, is brilliant.

  8. becky says:

    Man – I JUST found this quote before I went to bed – woke up. Saw this cartoon. Coincidence? I doubt it.

    What would Jesus do—if he ever saw what you and I are doing in his name? Weep, as he wept over Jerusalem. What would Christians do? Head for the doors.—John Caputo, What Would Jesus Deconstruct?

  9. Too many think that we just need to sit around and wait for Jesus then everything will be sorted out. The plan WAS that we’d have the authority through him to make the world a better place but something got lost in translation. I can imagine JC and his dad having the weekly meet and asking, “Did they do anything yet?”…”Nope”….”Well we’ll give ‘em a bit longer then”…..”Over 2000 years already! How long do they need????”

  10. andy amoss says:

    That reminds me of the old Bill Hicks gag about Christians adopting the instrument of Jesus’ death as their symbol, like Jesus ever wants to see a cross again, and Jesus telling God “they’re still wearing crosses dad, screw ‘em, i’m not going back yet, uh-uh, no way!”

  11. smudge says:


    and not just the overt message [about how He feels]…but the underneath one, describing how the insensitive triumphalists get on my nerves.

  12. Mark says:

    Great stuff, Jon. There seems to be no place in Christianity for sadness, sorrow and maybe even despair. We want to make everything alright; ‘Jesus is the Answer’ right!? Another response could have been ‘Let me pray for you…’ as if it is not OK to feel these real emotions.

  13. shelly says:

    Love this one. *nods*

  14. Linus says:


    peanuts cartoon: Linus, holding a placard that says “Jesus is the answer”. Snoopy takes one look, goes off and makes his own placard, it says “What is the question?”

    trying to follow Jesus involves as much taking up crosses as it does finding peace and hope.

    That’s why its so important that corporate worship should involve songs of lament and passionate prayer and deep unrest as well as the happy clappy stuff, (personal hobby horse)

    Coming into some kind of contact with the creator God should provoke and challenge and transform and frighten you. If you’re expereincing something that numbs the pain, desensitizes you to the needs and sufferings of others and results in complete inaction… that’s not an encounter with the LORD, that’s a lobotomy.

    Disclaimer: meeting with God is also about experiencing vast love and becoming aware of your inherent and immense value. But this results in an even deeper concern for your fellow creatures of immense value, not in an “i’m alright jack, now i’ve got Jesus” attitude.

  15. AnneDroid says:

    Fab, Jon. Really fab.

  16. Timbo says:

    But, doctor, I am Pagliachelli.

    Thanks for this one. Reminds me of the best thing Adrian Plass wrote, just that, “He’s in it with us.”

  17. jonbirch says:

    re. ‘jesus in disguise.’ i thought i should ring the changes and stop with the tired old stereotypes of what jesus looked like. or… i did not want to spoil the last frame by making the joke obvious in the first frame. or… bald men are quicker to draw. or… if you’d worn a crown for 2000 years you’d be bald!
    i think i’ll go with option 3… bald men are quicker to draw… i know me and essentially i’m lazy. :-)

    btw… thanks for the compliments people. this idea came as i was drawing it. that’s rare as normally the idea comes first… (or not at all!) :-)

  18. becky says:

    10. Loved Bill Hicks – I’ve seen bits of his routine posted on various You Tube sites – not sure how ‘legal’ it is but it’s there. And he’s right – the last thing Jesus would want to see when he comes back again would be a crucifix. I hope he would want to see though a risen cross.

    Sam Kinison (pentecostal preacher turned stand-up comic) also does a bit “Jesus the Miracle Caterer” along those lines.

  19. drew says:

    great Jon

  20. janetp says:

    Linus (14): Nicely put. :)

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  23. Linus says:

    thanks Janet =]

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  27. Serg says:

    Нечто подобное уже видел…Посмотрю-применив эту темку на результат.Спасибки.

  28. Jimmie says:


    I loved this.

  29. suem says:

    This reminds me of the words of Blake, something like “Jesus was the only God and so am I and so are you.” Great stuff!

    Do we see Christ in our fellow human beings? ARE we Christ to our fellow human beings?

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