The Day I Shot Jesus: Chapter 6

The hotel was one of the evidence that the wisdom of God cannot be paralleled with man’s wisdom. Using technology that was way beyond man’s imagination, the 180-storey hotel had been built in a record 73 days. The segment of construction that took the most time – 6 days – was the 18-feet foundation that utilized a new type of concrete that solidified within 5 minutes. Usually a building like this would have taken 2-5 years minimum to construct in the pre-rapture days (depending on the country that got the contract) but the presence of heavenly beings – 85 angels and the supervision of the owner who had studied heavenly architectural engineering – this edifice broke all records when construction concluded over 80 years ago.

I realized the person portrayed in the second statue that stood about 8 feet away from Jesus. It wasn’t a coincidence that it was his statue that would be placed besides the Lord’s; he was (& is) the owner of the prestigious hotel. As the statue of David stood 15 feet high, one could tell without researching into the pages of history that the man represented by the artistic musgravite is indeed a great man. This hotel was one of the luxurious properties that David had erected. Although he wasn’t in Jerusalem at the moment, he is one of the busiest person I’ve been trying to photograph. 12 days earlier, I had finally locked in an appointment to give a session to one of the greatest grandfather of Jesus. David’s Date will be September 29, 2037. I had less than 4 months to be prepared.

Come to think of it, I almost forgot to give Tosin her birthday gift. Clocking almost 160 years is something to be grateful for. Ever since I’ve known the almost-6feet glorified being, her hunger for education has challenged me. Consequently, she had written over 132 books on diverse topics and is currently working on a title she calls FULFILLING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY DESTINY. I reached into my pocked for the gift I had planned for her. Maybe I’ll give her after the session with Jesus, I thought.

John headed towards a group of women that seemed to have been expecting our arrival. With all the attention on me regarding this session of the Millennium, my previous self would have been brimming with shyness. However, I had gotten used to being treated as royalty whenever I’m on an assignment for the King. Infact, there’s a special way Jesus makes every citizen of the kingdom – whose life he administers – feel special. One day I would not forget was the day He had sent David to my residence in Akonko on my birthday 4 years ago with a special song jointly composed by David & Jesus. Talk of one of the joys of serving. The goose bumps on my body that day were as big as the pimples I had as a teenager. I think I’ve digressed a bit. Where was I? Oh, yes, the company of women.


I recognized that voice from anywhere. Its interesting how one would know the voice of a friend from the many voices of the 4.27 billion people on earth. Especially when you’ve spent quality time in the heavenly residence of someone you consider a sister. Favour shouted my name 2 more times before jumping on me and giving me a kiss on my left cheek. "We’ve been expecting you"

If you were an onlooker, you would have thought that this re-uniting "couple" had not seen each other since the second coming. If you were an onlooker, you would have been so wrong to think that. Though I had met Favour in 2012 (at Daystar Christian Centre when I taught her photography during a 2-week skills acquisition program), she was one of those that had resurrected in the twinkling of an eye to meet Jesus in the air during the Rapture. We had reunited in our residence in heaven and I had met her recently (just 4 weeks ago) in Alexandria (in Northern Egypt) during one of my documentary photography projects. I had visited Egypt to take pictures of the streets wherein Apostle Mark was dragged by horses to his death because he was preaching the Gospel.

She quickly grabbed my hand and held it tightly as if she was about to give me a tour of the hotel. She proceeded to introduce me to the other 5 ladies that were awaiting our arrival. Apparently a small dinner had been planned for 12 midnight for the photographer that will shoot our Lord.

Time stamp: 11:32pm

I was introduced to Mary Magdalene, Martha (Lararus’ brother), Ruth Obed, Ruth Graham, & Ruth Munroe. I had met the first 3 women a few years earlier but this would be the first time I would meet Billy Graham’s wife & Myles Munroe wife.

To be continued…

The Day I Shot Jesus: Chapter 1

10 MINUTES TO OUR FINAL DESTINATION.” The Captain’s voice made me a little nervous. I had boarded the underground oceanic train that ran across the New Atlantic Ocean. The sight was unbelievable. Who would have thought that an underground train from New York to Israel via the ocean will be feasible. The year was 2137 and I had been commissioned to provide portraits of His Royal Majesty, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ.

He had seen a portrait I did for prophet Jeremiah & Adam in the year 2136 and had been intrigued. He decided he was due for another session. The last time He had a photo shoot was in 2092 in Israel. I would be the 3rd human being (1st African) to give His Royal Majesty a session. How would I go about it. I wondered what specifically intrigued him about Jeremiah and Adam’s pictures. What a honor indeed it would be to carve a portrait for the one that created my being. Almost as if he could hear my thoughts, he interrupted: PEACE. Suddenly I had this overwhelming peace and confidence that this was indeed one of the reasons he had created me…..for such a session. It would be a session after which the world would see another side of Jesus that they had not seen. More importantly, this would be the first portrait that would be taken by a man and exhibited in the Lord’s Temple in Heaven. What a privilege.

We passed Jerusalem Institute of Technology and I realized I had just 2 more minutes to the underground train’s final destination. I took a last glance at the last portrait that Jesus took. Though blind & crippled in his pre-rapture life, Sou was able to get a portrait of Jesus laughing his heart out. You could see from the picture that the photographer had really said or done something that made the King of Earth burst out in laughter while simultaneously using his hands to cover his eyes. I looked at the scar on His hand. He didn’t have to go to the Cross but I’m glad he did. The picture had gone viral and was still considered the most downloaded “real” picture of Jesus in Human history. Who would have thought Jesus could laugh like that.

I turned to my assistant, Folu, and asked if all was good to go. He replied in the affirmative. He confirmed that the makeup artist had arrived at the New Gate Hotel in Jerusalem. Considered the headquarters of the world, Jerusalem had blossomed (in all spheres) in the last few decades as a result of the physical presence of Jesus.

I took another glimpse of my camera before getting off the train. I had just purchased the new SILT K5 which came with a whopping 2.16 zettapixels image sensor. A picture taken with this baby will result in over 2 billion trillion pixels if I take time to count. That should be enough to document the session. I felt fulfilled knowing that the camera’s first assignment would be to snap the creator of the universe. I smiled.

“Phone call for you sir,” Folu interrupted. It was the makeup artist. She was wondering why we are yet to get to the hotel. “Don’t worry Ofure, we’ll be there in 6 minutes.” I dropped the call and hurriedly boarded the…..

To be continued….