When Isaiah prophesied about the wounds of Christ, I do not think that he intended to predict the appearance of a bruise of Jesus that actually appeared on another person.
National news covered the innocuous appearance of the image of Christ in a bruise sustained by an elderly woman. People who treated her were also so moved by this “discovery” that they even posted pictures of it around the clinic.
Surprisingly enough, Mary Massa is a Christian, as are those who found the bruise anything to hoot about. I wonder what they would have seen if they were Muslim? But then again it is against Islam to produce an image of Muhammad… does that include “miraculous” appearances?
In the news is a woman who spotted an image of Jesus Christ on her daughter’s iron. She says that it was uplifting and inspirational.
I can’t help but wonder if there could be another explanation:
Apparently Dan Brown knew what he was talking about. It seems that Dr. Jose Luis De Jesus claims to be a direct descendant of the one-and-only Jesus Christ. Not only is he the great-great-great….grandson of Jesus, Dr. Luis (a.k.a Jesus Christ Man) is actually the Second Coming of Jesus and has established himself as the president of the Government of God on Earth.
What’s more, he has changed the date of Christmas to April 22, which is his own birthday. He has declared that there is no such thing as sin, and embraces the number 666 as his own as well as the simultaneous title of Antichrist.
In what is titled the “Thesis of the Reformation,” he puts to death what he decrees as “2,000 years of theological lies.”
In light of recent conversations and buzz among people in the Christian community regarding problems that really do need to be addressed, it seems all the more important to remember what a gift we have in our freedom of religion.
Back in 2002 a book was published under the title A Vida de Jesus by cartoonist Gerhard Haderer. This a delightful, yet sacrilegious romp through an alternative life of Jesus. Its illustrations are vibrant and detailed as the author takes us through what really happened at his birth, the cutting of the umbilical cord, the horror that the wisemen felt at the crying and wailing baby, to the growing halo around the child’s head. In childhood the young Jesus attracts 12 friends in part because his halo light was great for playing games late at night.
No doubt this was not a biblical account of the life of Christ, nor was it meant to be. It was published and sold in several countries in Europe, including Greece. Not sure if modern Greeks are usually tolerant of religious differences, but they were not pleased with this particular publication. Haderer was legally accused of blasphemy and was handed a suspended sentence of 6 months to boot!
The United States may be wrecked with many problems these days, but fortunately we to not have to live with such turmoil. Even today we read about how North Korea is killing Christians for their faith. This is not a problem of the yester-years, people are continuing to be martyered for what they hold in their hearts and minds.
Take some time to stop and be grateful today.