I can only imagine

It is old news for us. We’ve heard this before. And it has been nicely edited together for us in a couple books. Yet imagine what it might have been like to the average person living at the time, some 2,000 years ago, hearing some of these things which happened.

On occasion, I have tried to imagine what it might have been like if our modern day media lived at the time of King Herod. As news of events happening reached journalists, what might they have written down in some ancient newspaper (had they been around then). 

In my wacky imaginative mind, I picture headlines like this:

Census begins!

The special census declared by Caesar Augustus is now under way. People from all over the empire are returning to their ancestral communities to be counted ….

Bethlehem unable to house overflow of census visitors

Bethlehem in Judea has announced does not have enough room to house the enormous amount of people coming in. Bethlehem is best known as the birth place of Israeli King David ….

Shepherds claim to see angels

The group of shepherds outside the village of Bethlehem are claiming to have seen a host of angels appear to them during the night ….

Foreign wisemen following unusual star

Wisemen from the Persia area have started an unusual journey leading them toward Judea. They are following an unusual star in the west which they are saying is guiding them to the birth sight of a new king. Spokesmen for King Herod Agrippa are denying anyone in their household has given birth recently ….

Nazareth woman claims virgin birth

(Innkeeper’s wife tells all!)

The wife of an innkeeper in Bethlehem has said she recently assisted in the birth of a child from a Nazareth couple who stayed in their barn. The woman claimed she became pregnant after a visit from an angel who prophesied about the event. The woman’s husband also confirmed they had not slept together. The innkeeper admits his wife did have wine out in the barn at the time of the birth ….

Seeing Angels: a regional psychosis?

Collisium announcer and self-proclaimed prophetess, Joy Beharium of Rome says visions of angels are likely a sign of mental illness ….

Fortunately for us, the Holy Spirit has helped us put the signs and events together for the birth of Jesus Christ which were prophesied about centuries before. We understand now what God was showing people back then in bits and pieces. They didn’t see the whole picture like we do now.

As we look forward to celebrating the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s birth, I also remember some words of Jesus: “There will be signs (attesting miracles) in the sun and moon and stars; and on the earth [there will be] distress and anguish among nations, in perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea and the waves, people fainting from fear and expectation of the [dreadful] things coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with [transcendent, overwhelming] power [subduing the nations] and with great glory. Now when these things begin to occur, stand tall and lift up your heads [in joy], because [suffering ends as] your redemption is drawing near.”

The story is not over even now. The greatest headlines are yet to come. Keep watching ….

And Merry Christmas!

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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