Sunday is Palm Sunday, which in Christian history marks Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem before he was persecuted, crucified and resurrected. Good Friday signifies Jesus’ death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and Easter celebrates his resurrection and hope, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.
I can’t help but think about how the apostles would have used social media to celebrate that Jesus was coming back to Jerusalem if it was set in 2016 in Johnson County.
Matthew’s Facebook post: Jesus coming to Johnson County — anyone have a donkey we can borrow?
Mark might have updated his Instagram with a selfie and Jesus, Matthew, Luke and John with the donkey and colt in the background.
Luke’s tweet on Twitter: Bring a branch and throw your coat onto Main Street to greet Jesus #BestFirstPalmSundayEVER
John would’ve posted a Snapchat video saying “Peace and success with the king” — with Jesus and the cheering and palm-branch waving crowd in the background — (like the LeBron James and DJ Khaled Snapchat after beating the Clippers).
I also surmise that a week later, after Jesus’ persecution and crucifixion and the undoubtedly confusing week for the disciples (and responses and comments from haters on their social media) they would have immediately shut down all their social media sites on the recommendation of their consultants.
Of course, Matthew actually used old-school social media and posted in Matthew 21:1-11:
As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”
This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,
“Tell the people of Jerusalem,
‘Look, your King is coming to you.
He is humble, riding on a donkey—
riding on a donkey’s colt.’”
The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.
Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,
“Praise God for the Son of David!
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!
Praise God in highest heaven!”