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The Good News: The Original Status Update

“The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!”, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”, “Blessed is the king of Israel!”Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!” John 12:12-13, 17-19

This week, my personal email address of almost 15 years was wiped clean due to an issue with my e-mail service provider. After nearly 4 days without service from my provider, I was finally able to log in and discover the extent of the damage. Everything was gone. During the outage and afterwards, I (along with many others) took to Twitter to tweet my displeasure with my feelings of loss regarding the company to not only the CEO, but any media outlet that I could think of. Because of this, said company requested I communicate directly with them instead of publicly on Twitter while they worked to find a solution. I was getting retweeted at an impressive rate; therefore, I was not surprised. The only good media/attention is the one you can control or is favorable to you. Anything else, you try to circumvent.

So is that how it was during Jesus’ lifetime with the powerful religious leaders, the Pharisees? As Jesus walked through the countryside teaching and healing, the Pharisees were so afraid of His message spreading they sought to downplay exactly what was happening however they could.  Whenever a miracle was performed, they wanted to blame it on the devil or criticize Jesus’ motives and label them blasphemous, even when the proof of Jesus‘ deity and identity was before them.  Yet As He walked from town to village to town, the Good News became harder to silence.  And with nothing but the testimony of witnesses, those he taught and healed; those who witnessed His death; and those who experienced His resurrection,  Jesus became the most revered and disparaged man to ever live.  All without social media.

From the moment of Christ’s birth, the enemy tried to kill Him and stop His future ministry.  The Pharisees tried all they could do to silence the message of love and salvation that Christ came to give – even nailing Him to a cross.  And after His resurrection, the persecution of His Church would have died in any other arena – instead the belief in Christ grew, spread, and flourished.

Centuries later, subtle and without realizing it the attack on Jesus is still occurring.  It is being done by reason and law; no longer can a cross even be on federal lands (although our money says “in God We Trust”) without someone attacking the validity of the cross and the right for it to be present. Christmas is no longer about celebrating His birth; it’s about celebrating materialism. More than we realize during our lifetime, Christianity is under its greatest attack ever.  Yet just as the Pharisees did not succeed in silencing the witnesses, neither will we be silenced.  Our voices, our testimonies, can be heard because there has never been another time in history where the world can instantly learn and hear about Christ. There has never been a time where the masses can be reached as they are today. And it starts with you. It starts with me.

During this Advent season, when we celebrate the coming of Christ into this world and His birth, I encourage you to tell the true meaning of this time of celebration.  Today there are nine days to Christmas; nine days to share your testimony about Christ and why His birth was so important; and nine days for you to be a witness.

Don’t let those who doubt Christ silence you. Won’t you share Him today?