This post is inspired by a creative and reflective time of worship led by the Master of Arts in Vocational Practice - Church Practice stream students at Tabor College today for their subject "Leading People in the Presence of God."
Just for fun, imagine if social media existed 2000 years ago and Jesus' status indeed read "Risen"? I wonder what responses to His status by those first confronted with His resurrection may have read like?
Let's take a lighthearted look at how those first on the scene might have responded in 21st century social media language:
"Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed...Then the disciples went back to where they were staying." (John 20:8-10)
Peter & John's status: BRB
"Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”)." (John 20:16)
Mary Magdalene's status: <3
"After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord." (John 20:20)
Disciples status: LOL
"Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28)
Thomas status: OMG
Back to reality. Each of these eyewitnesses responded to the resurrection of Jesus with an urgency, love, joy and faith that gave witness to an event that still has the power to change lives today! What is your response when you are confronted with the resurrection of Jesus Christ?