Mark: Did you hear about the Temple?
Mark: Titus’ troops destroyed it last year. Just like Jesus said.
John: Yep. He called that one. Had a letter from Matthew and he mentioned it. He’s in Antioch or headed for Syria.
Mark (smiling) So, guess what year it is.
John: Why are you smiling?
John: Hmmm. According to the Hebrew calendar today is the 19th of Adar I, 3830. Of course it depends on whose calendar you’re using. The Romans don’t think it’s next year yet. Then you have Syrian, Greek and old Hasmonean calendars. Every new king or Caesar starts the calendar over (mumbling) …carry the two…divide by 4…(counts on his fingers)… Does anyone really know what time it is?
Mark (singing the Chicago tune): Does anyone really care? About time?
John (singing back): Oooh, nooo…
Mark (smiling): Barnabas says every time Jerusalem falls, we get a new calendar.
John: Yeah, that’s right.
Mark: So, he figured Jesus, as the reigning Messiah, gets to start a new calendar.
John: Makes sense.
Mark: Peter and Paul agreed, so I’m making the rounds handing out these new calendars. Check out the picture! We’re gonna mark time from Jesus’ birth. Therefore, the year is 71.
John: Uhm. I’m pretty sure he was born in 3756 or 57, not 3760. Pretty sure. Mary’s told me…3760 is about when they got back from Egypt and moved to Nazareth. I think your calendar’s off a few years.
Mark: Nuts! So, you’re saying it’s, like, 74? Wasn’t Jesus 33 when he was crucified?
John: Yeah, that’s what I’m saying, You calendar has him being crucified at 30.
Mark: Are you sure?
John: Almost positive.
Mark: Well, what am I going to do with all these calendars? Plus, I’ve already handed these out in Rome, Macedonia and sent boxes to Egypt and Gaul.
John: It’ll work out. What’s a couple of years, anyway?
Mark: I suppose. Wish we’d have talked with you first.
John: Don’t worry. If it’s meant to be, it’ll be. In Jesus, everyone finds a new start. Old things are gone, all things are new. This calendar is pretty impressive.
Mark: Yeah, had ’em made at Delvecio’s in Rome, near the fortress. Of course, they screwed the order up, they’d never heard of a week — put the Sabbath on a Sunday and went solar instead of lunar.
Tr8: Christ makes all things new. If he can restart time for the entire Earth, what might he do for you?