Friday, December 24, 2010

This Just In...

I often wonder if Jesus was born in the 21st century what it would be like; what would the headlines be? Would anyone know or recognize Him?

"Woman Gives Birth - Claims She is a Virgin" - Three days ago in the small town of Minot, North Dakota, a 15 year old woman who claims to be a virgin, gave birth to her first-born, a son. Most are skeptical of her claims but thus far, nobody, doctors included, have been able to prove her wrong. Many of the local religious leaders have gathered to assess the truth of her claims and what, if any significance this brings. Some claim her son to be some deity, but most have passed the story off as a cleverly crafted lie.

"Homeless Group Claim Divine Vision" - A group of homeless men and women claim to have come face to face with an unexplained being(s); "something from heaven," one man said. Apparently, they were bedding down for the night when they were met with a vision. 'We weren't drunk, we weren't on drugs, we know what we saw, and we believe,' a woman interviewed for the story proclaimed. "I will never be the same" she went on. Few believe their claims, but it made news on an otherwise quiet evening in December.

"Strange New Star Appears" - A fierce battle has developed over the past few weeks between scientists, astronomers, astrologists, and religious leaders from around the world, as a bright new star has suddenly appeared in the night sky. Nobody can doubt that the star exists, for it is the brightest thing in the sky. Still, nobody seems to know where it came from. NASA, in concert with the European Space Agency, have agreed to move the Hubble Space Telescope in position to capture some images of the new star in hopes of learning its secrets.

I used to think, when I was young, that certainly I would have been one of the ones who would have believed. Now that I'm older, I often wonder...would I have believed? Would I have recognized Him? Or maybe like Thomas, would I have only believed if I saw with my own eyes?

"I wonder as I wander, out under the sky
How Jesus the Savior did come forth to die
For poor or'nary people like you and like I
I wonder as I wander..."

1 comment:

Dick Gardner said...

Thank you,Mike. Very well done, and thought provoking. Makes me wonder how I would have reacted to this news!