Jesus and the Media

In the musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Judas Iscariot asks,

"Every time I look at you I don't understand, 
Why'd you choose such a backward time in such a strange land? 
If you'd come today you would have reached a whole nation; 
Israel in 4 BC had no mass communications." 

I always thought that this was just another one of Tim Rice’s catchy lyrics, but as I checked out the news on the web over lunch today I wondered, what if He had chosen modern times? Oprah and Barbara Walters would do almost anything for an exclusive interview. He would be followed by those television trucks with the extendable antenna and the station logo decals on the side. Paparazzi would hide behind every bush to get pictures of Him, the disciples, and of course, Mary Magdalene. He could have reached practically everyone on the planet.

Christ doesn’t work that way.

With Christ it’s all personal. When He was on earth it was His inner circle to whom He spoke. He frequently had to explain Himself to them in private because His words weren’t a sound bite for the masses. Even with the personal attention, there were many things His followers did not understand until events unfolded. It was after his resurrection that many things began to make sense.

Christ spoke up close and personal to those willing to listen.

He still does.

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