The other night I heard the Mega Millions was $648 million and two people won. I looked at the winning numbers and they were integers I was familiar with. I now regret not playing.
That said, I have played the lottery a few times … and lost each time. There’s that moment after you lose where you feel the need to console yourself. “Well, who needs all that money anyway?” “It probably would have changed me too much.” “I still have my family and health” and the ever-classic, “I still have Jesus.”
In this light, Jesus is seen as the ultimate parting gift.
I can’t help but wonder if Jesus hears these inner monologues and thinks to himself, “How about that, I leave the splendor of heaven, incarnate myself in human form, suffer and die for the evils of the world and invite all of humanity to a restored world of love and life forever … and I’m seen as the consolation prize.”
We would assume that Jesus doesn’t talk to himself like that – this is my projection of course but the point remains, if [Read more…]