Last night I read an article about the ten practices which should be eliminated from the church. The writer felt that sermons should be eliminated from the church service, which totally shocked me. They compared the length of the sermon to the attention span of people as a result of social media. They didn’t feel it was a valuable use of time and that there were more effective ways to teach in today’s society. So, for all of the social media people reading this book, here is your devotion for today. Please feel free to skip to the social media of your choice, because apparently, time is of the essence so you don’t have to read every version.
TWITTER: “Jesus wept.” John 11:35.Lazarus died. Jesus felt compassion for Mary & Martha’s loss and He cried. Reminded me of the loss of my mother. #JesusWept #Jesus #Lazarus #MissMom
FACEBOOK:“Jesus wept.” John 11:35.So when Lazarus died, Jesus wept with the other mourners. I have never quite understood this scripture. I get the fact that He was sad, but why in the world would he cry over it! He knew that He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, so why cry? Really? I just don’t understand. My BFF says Jesus just had that much compassion for Martha and Mary and the loss of their brother, therefore He cried. But that still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me. Would you have cried if you were Jesus and you knew Lazarus was about to be raised from the dead? It seriously CONFUSES me. If there were more than two words in the verse, it sure would help me understand. Why didn’t God give us more of an explanation? I need help understanding this short verse. What do you think FB friends? #JesusWept #Jesus #Lazarus #Confused #BibleConfusesMe #INeedAnswers #Help
INSTAGRAM: Great verse. So much meaning in two simple words. #JesusWept #Jesus #Lazarus
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Call me old fashioned, but I love a good sermon. One that convicts me, shares the gospel, and uses illustrations to which I can relate. It breaks my heart that social media is changing how we worship and how we teach the Bible. I have often joked about the verse, “Jesus wept,” being the easiest Bible verse to memorize. But this verse of two simple words is a power packed gem. It shows Jesus’ compassion. His love for Martha, Mary and the other mourners. He too loved Lazarus and felt a great loss. Or maybe Jesus shed tears because He knew that He was about to perform the greatest miracle of all time. A miracle, which was also His last recorded miracle in the gospel of John.
No matter what your social media preference is, or if you don’t follow social media at all, please don’t miss the point that Jesus is a compassionate, loving, Savior. He sees your joy and your pain. He longs to celebrate with you and comfort you. When you smile, Jesus smiles. But when you weep, Jesus weeps. No matter what you are feeling today, know that Jesus understands your situation and your emotions because He too once walked this earth as a man.