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It’s all too obvious that, even if Jesus returned this year in clouds of glory, there would be those who wouldn’t acknowledge him.
The author John Updike said if Jesus did return sometime soon the event would be cut down to size by the TV evening news. It wouldn’t be the lead item.
“Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe,’’ he said.
Years ago, acclaimed US broadcaster Edward R Murrow caused a bit of a fuss when he observed: “If we were to do the Second Coming of Christ in color for a full hour, there would be a considerable number of stations which would decline to carry it on the grounds that a Western or a quiz show would be more profitable.’’
If Jesus was on his earthly mission today, he might be cited by the AMA for practicing medicine without a licence, the Liquor Licencing people for making wine without a permit, the Department of Health for opening graves without a permit, the Equal Opportunity folks for practicing discrimination and PETA for sending demons into a herd of pigs. Not to mention the interfaith movement for declaring that one way is right.
The miracle is that Jesus’s mission and message remain relevant and widely heard despite the attempts over centuries to tone them down.
Jesus continues to challenge conventional ideas of what’s right and wrong, to cut through hypocrisy, to inspire protest against injustice, assure the oppressed that they are loved and valued, and to instil hope that another kind of community is possible,
Whether that’s possible all hinges on whether Jesus was, as he said, the Son of God, human but divine and capable of saving us all.
There will always be those who try to downplay Jesus as just a social reformer, or a long-haired peace activist.
But a mere hippie or moral teacher could not have made this unique impression on mankind.
Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. When Jesus returns this time, we’ll all know it.