Michael Job: Serious drama as modern day Jesus sets social media ablaze…Who exactly is this Jesus?


Photos and videos showing a man dressed as Jesus Christ have been widely shared on social media across Africa.

But who is the man and what was he doing?

One tongue-in-cheek tweet, shared more than 8,000 times and retweeted by among others South African opposition politician Julius Malema, says “a pastor from South Africa invited Jesus Christ from heaven to preach in his church”.

But the photos are actually from an event late last week in Kiserian town, which is about 25km (15 miles) south-west of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

Who is this “Jesus?”

According to his Facebook page, this “modern-day Jesus” goes by the real name, Michael Job, an American preacher and actor. He was in Kenya attending an interdenominational Christian event as a guest speaker.

He resides in Orlando, Florida. According to the BBC, he has been playing Jesus at The Holy Land Experience theme park, which describes itself as “a living, biblical museum.”

On Monday, he shared photos of his visit to Kenya with the caption: “I truly praise God for these awesome men and women of God of whom have served Jesus with all their heart. God has used them powerfully and they have been such a huge blessing in my life this past week. Thank you so much for blessing my life!”

From a video he uploaded to his Facebook page over the weekend, Kenyan agricultural and furniture shops are visible – the same ones that can be seen in the photos purporting to be taken in South Africa.

Tweeters have generally been making fun of the photos and how pastors in Africa like to claim miracles.

One that has been shared on some blogs alleges that “a Kenyan pastor claims he has found Jesus Christ walking on the streets of Kenya”.

The photo in the tweet is actually of Mr Job preaching earlier last week at the Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa (Pefa) church in Kitengela town.

In videos of his Kenyan sermons, the US preacher promises miracles and healing – for which he has received some criticism on social media.

Deported from Kenya?

He was in Kenya as part of a crusade dubbed the Kiserian Mega Interdenominational Crusade. The three-day event was under the theme Soul Harvest Campaign.

He was one of two guest speakers from the United States and was also labeled Actor of The Movie, The Life of Jesus. The other guest speaker was Rev. John Kipeen.

A viral story by an online portal Daily Afrika has also been widely shared on social media with the headline: “Kenya government deports Jesus, arrests pastors who invited him.”

It claims among others that the arrest was because Michael Job had been “going round taking money from Kenyans to perform miracles, secure seats for them in heaven.”

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