Saturday, April 7, 2012
“So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken”-John 2:22
I’ll have to admit that I’m a little out of touch with a lot of today’s technology. I know how to send and receive emails and I do have a Facebook page, but other technologies like Twitter are confusing to me. Those type technologies seem to report nonsensical facts like, “I’m having meatloaf for dinner” or “I’m going to bed in ten minutes.” I wonder if someone would have tweeted events a couple of thousand years ago? I wonder how Jesus’ resurrection would have been reported?
I’ve read several articles about the psychology behind today’s social media. People today are in need of community like never before. The vehicles for connection have changed drastically. Town square meetings and Friday night socials are no longer valid in our fast paced, transitional society, so people are connecting through vehicles like Facebook and Twitter.
The quality of these connections is questionable, but the motives are certain: people have important news they need to share with each other. It’s the same as a written letter in the 1880’s or a phone call to family in the 1930’s…our lives are validated by connection with those whom we love. Though us sharing about our favorite team winning a game may seem pointless, we want others to know. We want others to share life with us. In this fragmented and splintered world, we need connection.
Every generation has needed this connection. It all started back in the first few chapters of Genesis. Before the Fall, God looked at man and saw that it wasn’t good for him to be alone. Yes, he solved the problem through creating the concept of marriage (between a man and a woman, by the way) but the need went deeper. Though God is the only “all in all” for mankind, we need people too. It’s why we need the connection to others. And it’s why we need to share with one another.
Jesus had predicted His death and resurrection multiple times. But most people, especially the disciples, didn't grasp the reality of what would happen. When Jesus died on the cross, they freaked out- not just Peter, but all the disciples. They’d forgotten about the plans of Jesus.
Three days later, the disciples remembered. Remembering is so important because recalling the works of God is always a lesson in faithfulness. Why? Because He is always faithful. He never forgets and He never comes up short. Yes, Jesus died, but three days later he rose from the dead and the disciples remembered all He had said. And the twittering began.
If the technology had existed, the disciples would have shared with everyone they knew about the resurrection of their Master, Teacher and Savior. Their sorrow of their leader’s demise would have quickly been replaced by the exciting reminder, “As you may have heard, Jesus died on the Cross, but what you may not have heard yet is JESUS IS ALIVE!” The disciples just had to share the news.
Of course, the reality of the life of Jesus is just as valid today as it was back then, but I suspect most tweeting this Easter will be about the presidential primaries or the beginning of baseball season.
This Easter, may we all share in the reality of the wonderful life of Jesus. Let the Tweets and the Facebook pages be filled with the joy of His resurrection.
That’s a tweet worth reading.
By Eric Joseph Staples ©