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A Question of Time Travel

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Last night, watching the Journeyman finale, I asked my wife, if she could travel back to any time and place in history, where would she go?

She thought about it for a moment, looked at me and said, “I’d want to go meet Jesus.” 

There are times in a marriage when you feel eleven inches tall.  I was thinking I’d like to go back to Oxford in the mid 1950s, try strike up a student-mentor relationship with C.S. Lewis.  In the wake of her answer, I felt a little silly. 

I told her she’d have to learn Aramaic if she were to do that.  But then my imagination took over.  This is the Son of God.  He’d see her strolling down the dirt lane, and though the people on the road would look at her clothing 2000 years removed and assume she must be a wandering gypsy from south of Galilee, Jesus would likely pull her aside, smile in that knowing way of his, and say something like, “You’re not supposed to be here, are you?”

My wife would hear this in English, of course.  If Christ could heal the sick, give sight to the blind and raise Lazarus from the dead, performing a little work on her tongue and ears allowing her to speak and understand Aramaic would be such a small matter. 

She’d witness that part of Christ’s life that never made it into scripture; that part we can only interpolate from the evident traits available in the four accounts we have of his life.  She would witness his humor, his patience, his compassion, his humility.  I always imagine Jesus had a stellar sense of humor.  You’d need one, dealing with the likes of Peter’s pride or Simon’s zeal.  She’d see his fearlessness in the face of opposition.  Witness his cunning.  And his grace. 

There would be precautions, obviously.  Someone would find her a robe so she wouldn’t look so out of place.  She’d have to bury her shoes—the fabric of the space-time continuum is rather fragile, you know.  Although I’m sure the Roman’s would have appreciated Nikes. 

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Written by taj

December 20, 2007 at 12:24 pm

Posted in General, Marriage

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