Here’s what I’ve been thinking. It’s random, and I have no idea where this will go.
Are you ready?
Picture Jesus, healing a blind man, and then pulling out his cell phone and saying ‘Let’s get a selfie of this.” Snap.
Then, as the blind man is thanking Jesus for giving him sight, Jesus says, ‘Hold on a minute, I have to post this to my twitter page. People want to see miracles like this!”
Culture is obviously very different now, than it was then.
But I’m guessing this scenario would never have taken place, if Jesus had a selfie stick. That’s not the way he operated.
How many times did he tell people not to tell others about what He was doing? When Peter confessed that ‘Jesus was the Christ, the son of the living God’ in Matthew 16, look at how Jesus responded in verse 20.
“And He gave the disciples orders to tell no one that He was the Messiah.”
Earlier, in Matthew, Jesus healed a man and then said,
“See that you don’t tell anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed, as a testimony to them.” (Matthew 8:4)
Why does Jesus not want people to know what He is doing? Wouldn’t it make sense to market Himself the best He can, knowing His time on earth is short?
Jesus had a plan to follow. He had specific, time-sensitive, prophecies to fulfill. And He knew there would be plenty of time for publicity after He came back to life.
He knew the ‘Great Commission’, the most inspirational charge known to human history, was coming. And that would inspire generation upon generation to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16: 14-16)
So next time you take a selfie, or see someone else go for the selfie stick, remember that Jesus has a plan for you, and for your life. And He wants you to be a part of hat plan, to tell others about Him.