The Making Jesus Real programme is centred around the belief that we are the image of Jesus to all those people around us. We are His representatives and our actions should reflect His values. Jesus also made the comment that we are part of his family and that the ways we treat others should be reflective of the way we would treat Jesus.
"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the
least of these who are members of my
family, you did it to me."
Matthew 25: 40
The program is aligned with Religious Education programmes and Values Education programmes throughout Australia. It calls on students "to work for peace, justice and the promotion of the common good of society" (Good News for Living, 2005, p. 110). The National Framework for Values Education in Australian schools (2005) states that all schools should be "ensuring values are incorporated into school policies and teaching programmes across the key learning areas"' (p. 3).
These include the values of:
- showing care and compassion
These values also encourage students to do their best, treat others fairly, be responsible for their actions, follow principles of moral and ethical conduct and to stand up for the rights of others (Paving the way to Values Education, 2005, p. 2). The Making Jesus Real programme fully supports these values.