I don’t work at the Barna Group.
But I think it’s safe to say that 97.368% of Christians – if given the opportunity to travel back in time – would travel back to the time of Jesus. Of those people, 87.593% would want to see the crucifixion. The other 12.407% of us would want to see “other” events in the life of Jesus Christ.*
That’s right. I said 12.407% of us.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that viewing Jesus’ crucifixion would be an amazing and holy and emotional experience, but if I’m going to drop my hard-earned coin on time travel (I’ll be an early adopter of time travel technology, and we all know that early adopters pay through the nose to be first in line) I want to learn something from Jesus. That’s why I’d go back in time to see Jesus and the money changers.
It’s the best of both worlds, really. You’ve got some crazy, intense action, and you get to watch the Lord dole out His righteous anger. That’s something I can use in my day-to-day, you know what I’m saying? By watching Christ’s example, I can bring that lesson back to the present day and apply it to my life. Feel free to disagree with me, but that seems like a time-travel opportunity NOT squandered.
In other news, the holiday season is officially underway and you know what that means: marathons of Biblical archaeology shows on The History Channel. I love these shows and their titles always intrigue me even though I’ve seen them countless times: “Who Was Jesus?”, “Discovering Adam”, “Eden and Mesopotamia”, etc. I love ‘em. Can’t get enough of ‘em.
Today, I’ve combined my love of Biblical archeology documentaries with my fascination of Jesus and the money changers. Two worlds collide. You win.
Two questions: If you could go back in time to Biblical days, what would you want to see? Also, what are you looking forward to as we kickoff the holiday season?
*Someone call David Kinnaman and have him verify these numbers.