At our house we are not strict about much, but we pretty much will only watch or listen to Jesus Christ Superstar during the 40 days of Lent. However, long after the season has passed, the music still bumps around in my brain. So the song I'm thinking of right now, when I read about Jesus appearing to these "nobodies on the road to nowhere"* is this one:
Why'd you choose such a backward time and such a strange land?If You'd come today, You could have reached a whole nationIsrael in 4 BC had no mass communication.Dont get me wrong...I only want to know...Jesus Christ, Jesus ChristWho are you, what have you sacrificed?
There are so many things to love about the Emmaus road story, but this might be my favorite - that Jesus makes the biggest impression coming to us in ways that haven't changed much in all this time.. A chance encounter. A small conversation between a few people. A meal at someone's house. A word of truth spoken at just the right time. No mass communication for Our Risen Savior
On the other hand, mass communication certainly has its uses, and I'm guessing most of us have spent some time in front of some kind of screen this week, as dramatic world events have unfolded. A man in the mountains of Pakistan tweets about the unusual noises he's hearing late at night. A president's words are broadcast around the world instantly on television. And before he even finishes speaking, the internet commentary begins.
So, preachers, what method of communication are you using this week? As always, when one story seems to take over the collective conscious, we preachers will be wrestling with how the Word meets the world, no matter the scripture we choose. Let us know where you're headed, in the comments.
*Hat tip to Debbie Blue. You can find more from her over here in a sermon I wrote for a contest a couple of years ago.