Jesus Social Media Problem


Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
Jesus media platfrom was "word of mouth", Jesus with the Samaritan woman, one of his "press agents".

Picture courtesy of Voice of Hope Studio,

Jesus was the ultimate “influencer”. People hearing about his miracles and his teaching were flocking to him. He had to move out of town into the wilderness because the small towns etc of the day couldn’t handle the size of the crowds. He had to withdraw up mountains or in boats out on the Sea of Galilee, just to get some peace and quiet to talk to God. Nobody was more popular in Galilee/Israel than Jesus.

Most of us online have Social Media accounts, one of the first things they want you to do is to add more friends. They will suggest people with whom you went to high school, college, church, friends of friends etc. They notify you of friend requests, one click and you become their friend or one of their followers. Your friends can put up things on their page, share photo's etc and you will see them right there on your page.

After a while you may notice that some people are maybe not who you thought. They put up videos, pictures, and stories that are offensive. Maybe slander and malicious gossip, profanity or even worse pornography or hate speech. All of this stuff then gets attached to your page. Your page should reflect who you are, does it?

Social media gives you options. You can hide the posts, snooze the Person for 30 Days, unfollow them, but remain friends, or block them, which unfriends them and keeps them from being able to contact you about anything and removes them from your list of friends.

Jesus had a social media problem. In less than 2 years, he had a huge congregation. If the goal of the church is to get as big an attendance as possible, then Jesus was on his way. But Jesus cared more about his mission than his popularity. He didn’t come to see how many likes and thumbs ups that he could get. He didn't care about attendance records. Jesus came to lead people to God. But many were there for the wrong reasons.

Jesus confronted them, “The truth of the matter is that you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you believe in me. But you shouldn’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. No, spend your energy seeking the eternal life that I, the Messiah, can give you. For God the Father has sent me for this very purpose.” - John 6:26

In the Synogogue in Capernam, he finally rattled them so much, most left. He talked of them eating his flesh and drinking his blood, which sounded like cannabalism, and blasphemy. Horrified most turned away, and it was only at the last supper, the disciples who trusted Him and had stayed finally understood.

If you are his Child and are walking the walk and talking the talk, does your social media reflect that? We are ambassadors of Christ what sort of impression are you giving of him? What do your real motives/values look like on social media?