Benjamin Button redux

F. Scott Fitzgerald published the short story entitled The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 1922. It tells the tale of a man who ages backwards.

This case of backwards (adult to infant) contrasting the forward that we know (infant to adult) stimulates a comparison between Jesus’ life and our growing relationship with God. Jesus left his rightful place in Heaven to be born in a dirty stable. His homeless journey of rejection by the religious leadership concluded with torture and death on a cross.

We, on the other hand, begin far from Heaven, separated from God by sin. Through belief in Jesus as Savior, though, we embark on a path that leads us progressively closer to our God where we find peace and hope. Our transformed lives deliver us ultimately to Heaven and God’s presence.

“Thank you Jesus” seems immeasurably insufficient…

3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

4 “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” (John 3:3-4)

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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