This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. ≈ Psalm 118:24
Once… when I searched for evidence that Jesus Christ lived in history, from sources other than the Bible. I came across confirmation… from Josephus, Lucian, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, the Babylonian Talmud, and a few other historical works. In grateful humility, those sources spoke of proof. Affirmation for rational minds and doubtful believers that Jesus lived on earth. But, “Why wasn’t there more written in secular records?”
A miracle-working man… drawing attention and challenging rulers. Speaking hope to the downtrodden… fellowshipping with Jews and Gentiles, men and women… even little children. Surely, people heard of His presence from near and far. A man with a beard, teaching about the kingdom of God… preaching love your neighbor… even love your enemies… Wow… Who wouldn’t write about such a person? An answer, seemed baffling… just beyond my grasp.
Then at a conference, I heard a keynote speaker affirm that “history is changeable” and we can affect that change. His words were profound. I thought about them for months. How can we amend static bygone space and time… to change history? Could this be… the flip side of an idea that I had grappled with for years? Remembering a favorite childhood fable, The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen (1837), a tangible thought emerged. Maybe, some history is held captive by misrepresentations… Maybe history is changeable, merely by telling the… Truth.
Perhaps… more people would have written about Jesus in secular works, if they weren’t afraid of the powerful leaders of their day. Just a thought… we may never know the answer to the question.
Yet… by acknowledging… oppressor and oppressed, conqueror and conquered, marginalized and glamorized. And yes… the right and the wrong… the good and the evil… By holding up a standard and measuring with the Word. Respecting the relationship between past, present, and future, we become aware. Recognizing disconnected, desensitized, and dehumanized concepts, we become informed. Unifying, to fortify… our need for each other… and our responsibility to each other. We emerge, to embrace, our mutual journey in human destiny as ordained by God.
Though history may have omitted many important facts. When history is accurately transformed, it affects the present and changes the future. Whether written in stone or with invisible ink. Life merits, confessing omissions and fallacies… In hopes that one day, all men, women, and children will live fearlessly in the present… courageously look forward to the future… and recognize that each day is history.
Yes, Truth… affects history… no matter when it is told… Truth improves the present and changes tomorrow. Let the truth of another day… make this a better day.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.