An e-mail from Jesus spurs thought

Published 12:23 am Sunday, April 4, 2010

My e-mail inbox can appear a little like a cross between Bourbon Street at Mardi Gras and Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

E-mail seems to come so fast that it’s often difficult for my feeble mind to keep up.

On Thursday (the only day I counted), the total was just under 250 e-mails, which did not include piles of spam messages that are automatically routed into the trash.

But on Friday morning a single e-mail caught my eye. There in the “from” column was the name of the sender: Jesus Christ.

No kidding.

On Good Friday, as Christians around the globe were about to remember the crucifixion and celebrate the resurrection of the Messiah, He was taking time out to send me an e-mail.

To see this at first was a bit surprising and a little unnerving.

Sure, I know that He is always around us and always watching, but suddenly seeing evidence of that staring back at you from an unusual place is enough to cause a momentary pause.

Could it really be a message, an e-mail, from the Son of the Creator of the universe?

If God can do anything, He could certainly send me an e-mail, correct?

The subject line, typed in all caps, was too much for me to skip over and not read: URGENT WARNING AND DIRECT THREAT!!!!

Clicking on the message, I quickly saw that the e-mail was from a Yahoo! e-mail account: jesuschristthemessiah111@yahoo.com.

I’m not sure, but I think God would probably have His own domain name or, at the very least, He wouldn’t have to have the “111” behind His Yahoo! address.

The message as it turns out, although it was signed “Jesus Christ,” appears to have been sent by an Oklahoma church.

Their message was intended to be a warning that Christ will come soon. His arrival may happen this spring, or at least that’s how I read the message.

The simple e-mail got me thinking on Friday.

What would Jesus be like if he returned today and walked among us?

Would he be the homeless man that we walk past without much of a second thought?

Could he be the person we cut off in the Walmart parking lot to get the “good” parking spot?

Or maybe he would appear as the baggy pants wearing hipster in a sleeveless T-shirt, walking down the street listening to his favorite jam on an iPod.

My guess is that he could be any of those, if he wanted to be.

Chances are that if he were walking among us for any period of time, he might partake in all the modern trappings that many of us take for granted.

He’d probably be on Facebook and have a bunch of “apps” on His phone.

Maybe He’d Tweet his daily life on Twitter.

And, if He wanted to work incognito, He would probably have short hair.

Or maybe He’d be blonde or look Latino.

The fact is that none of us know when He’ll return or how He might appear.

So maybe my Good Friday shout out from Jesus wasn’t really from the big guy upstairs, but maybe, just maybe, His lesson was still in there.

He’s always there for us and is always with us, even when we least expect Him.

Happy Easter to all, and let’s make sure we remember the greatest gift ever given to all mankind — if we’ll just accept it with faith.

Kevin Cooper is publisher of The Natchez Democrat. He can be reached at 601-445-3539 or kevin.cooper@natchezdemocrat.com.