The Internet – Today’s Tool for Evangelizing
In 1st century Palestine, the only tool available to Jesus Christ for telling people about His message was personal contact. As someone from a poor family, Jesus had no formal education and only His feet to carry him wherever He had to go; while having only His person seems like it would certainly have seriously constrained the spread of His message, it was truly a blessing for the people He encountered. Can you imagine what it must have been like for the Apostles to meet Jesus face-to-face for the first time along the shores of the Sea of Galilee? I’m jealous even as I write this… they could look into His eyes, see His smile, hear His words! Although Isaiah wrote in Chapter 53, in verse 2… He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him … the men who would become the Apostles knew from their first encounters with Jesus that there was something singular about this man. The Apostle Peter’s reaction, after beholding the enormous catch of fish that occurred after Jesus asked him to let down his boat’s net after an entire night of unsuccessful fishing, was recorded in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 5, in verse 8… When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
Jesus did not have any of our modern aids to assist Him in spreading His message… no newspapers, no magazines, no radio, no television, no mass gathering places like stadiums, no telephones, no internet. He had barely more than 3 years for His entire ministry on earth. Despite these limitations of time and technology, His message has remained: 1) unchanged, 2) unchallenged, and 3) unparalleled in the history of the world with regard to how widely it has been both spread and believed. Christianity alone is able to make these claims… no other religion that has ever existed, exists now, or will exist in the future has been able, or will be able, to make these claims.
Jesus had so little, and He has accomplished so much. We have so much, and we have accomplished so little.
The passage of time has resulted in additional ways to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world, and the Internet is far and away the most prevalent and powerful. The knowledge in the world at the present time, as compared against that of 1st century Palestine, is like comparing a finely maintained and tuned Ferrari race car against a bicycle with a rusted chain and flat tires. The increase of knowledge in the world was foretold in Daniel, Chapter 12, in verse 4… But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge. Indeed we have far more knowledge in these last days than we have ever known. However, we also have far less wisdom than we have ever known.
The best possible use of the Internet is to give glory to God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Hence this blog for the ever-increasing and ever-continuing glory of God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ and God the Holy Spirit.
What I pray to my Almighty LORD and Savior Jesus Christ is that this blog will stir a love for Him in folks that do not know Him.
The time is short.
God alone knows the time when He will bring His just, pure, holy and righteous judgment upon the nations of the earth.
Even so, come LORD Jesus! Amen.