With the dramatic rise of social media, I wonder how the first Easter Sunday would’ve been different if the characters had used a smartphone?
Facebook would’ve quickly been abuzz after Jesus’ status changed from “dead” to “alive.”
Mary would have sent John a text to let him know that the tomb was empty.
John would have then tweeted, @ThomasDidymus, You’re never going to believe this!
Peter might have ran to the tomb, snapped a photo with his BlackBerry and posted it to his Facebook wall. And like all Facebook users, Caiaphas, the high priest would wish for a “dislike” button.
Caiaphas would later check in at the First National Bank of Jerusalem on Foursquare, getting bribe money for the Roman Soldiers, but it was too late because the video of them sleeping on the job had already reached YouTube and was being carried by all the major television networks. The resurrection would be lost in the rapid news cycle thanks to this new government controversy. Governor Pilate would have to resign in the midst of the scandal and the world would never be the same!
Of course we know that social networking was a couple of millennia away from the first Easter Sunday. The only social network was a group of closely knit disciples. But those men (without the use of smartphones), empowered by the Holy Spirit, absolutely transformed the world.
Though times have changed and technology has revolutionized the way we communicate, we must continue to share this story today. The story of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection continues to be the hope of a lost and dying world. As the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are trusted with the stewardship of that story. And like those first disciples, we cannot stop telling others about it.
The angels told the ladies at the tomb, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here, but He has been resurrected!” That is the very same message we proclaim today, 2,000 years later. If you ask me, that’s something to tweet about!