Often, I hear from the pulpit, radio, or a book that I am reading something along these lines, "If Jesus was alive today, he would hang out at such and such a place, doing such and such a thing." Now this may or may not be true. But what I find most intriguing about this statement is that we claim all knowledge about how Jesus would live today, but we still are trying to figure out the historical culture in which Jesus lived 2000 years ago. Would Jesus go to Starbucks, have himself a latte, and converse with the people there? This is a fair question to ask, but unless we figure out the cultural he lived in when he came, this question really is pointless. Jesus came at the right time to the right place. He was the promised Messiah to Israel not America! He came at the time that the Triune God determined him to come; the fullness of time. I always find hypothetical questions like these amusing in light of our little understanding of the cultural of 1st century Palestine. I would much rather try to understand those times and how Jesus lived then rather than hypothesize about Him and I sipping on a latte together at Starbucks after church.