Steve Turner

If Jesus Was Born Today

Poem by Steve Turner

If Jesus was born today
it would be in a downtown motel
marked by a helicopter's flashing bulb.
A traffic warden, working late,
would be the first upon the scene.
Later, at the expense of a TV network,
an eminent sociologist,
the host of a chat show
and a controversial author
would arrive with their good wishes
-the whole occasion to be filmed as part of the
'Is This The Son Of God?' one hour special.
Childhood would be a blur of photographs and speculation
dwindling by his late teens into
'Where Is He Now?' features in Sunday magazines.

If Jesus was thirty today
they wouldn't really care about the public ministry,
they'd be too busy investigating His finances
and trying to prove He had Church or Mafia connections.
The miracles would be explained by
an eminent and controversial magician,
His claims to be God's Son recognised as
excellent examples of Spoken English
and immediately incorporated into
the O-Level syllabus,
His sinless perfection considered by moral philosophers
as, OK, but a bit repressive.

If Jesus was thirty-one today
He'd be the fly in everyone's ointment-
the sort of controversial person who
stands no chance of eminence.
Communists would expel Him, capitalists
would exploit Him or have Him
smeared by people who know a thing or two about God.
Doctors would accuse Him of quackery,
soldiers would accuse Him of cowardice,
theologians would take Him aside and try
to persuade Him of His non-existence.

If Jesus was thirty-two today we'd have to
end it all. Heretic, fundamentalist, literalist,
puritan, pacifist, non-conformist, we'd take Him
away and quietly end the argument.
But the argument would rumble in the ground
at the end of three days and would break out
and walk around as though death was some bug,
saying 'I am the resurrection and the life...
No man cometh to the Father but by me'.
While the magicians researched new explanations
and the semanticists wondered exactly what
He meant by 'I' and 'No man' there would be those
who stand around amused, asking for something
called proof.

Comments about If Jesus Was Born Today by Steve Turner

  • peyton (1/24/2020 1:13:00 PM)

    you are a great poets(Report)Reply

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  • Daniel PartlowDaniel Partlow (5/29/2008 4:32:00 PM)

    Great insight Steve. You remind us that Psalm 82 is as relevant today as it was in the time of David, and in the time of Christ. Here is my modernized rendition of it: http: //

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  • Morella Gerardus (3/14/2008 10:25:00 AM)

    Hi, You had me thinking. But you right. May God Bless you with His wisdom so you can keep the good work. You are very talent. All the best to you,(Report)Reply

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  • Winter Lees (5/28/2005 10:50:00 AM)

    this is one of a kind poem keep trying and i will give this poem a ten you have a true talent which is morethen i can say because i have only made 4 poems but anyways good luck and i would love to see more of of your work(Report)Reply

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  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (3/11/2005 7:47:00 AM)

    you are absolutely correct! i think if Christ truly existed in these times, he would indeed be mocked or exploited. poignant and well written!


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  • Michael Shepherd (3/11/2005 6:51:00 AM)

    I just wish the Disciples could have read this and had a hearty laugh around a table somewhere...(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003