If Jesus Had Facebook What Would He Post?
If Jesus Christ the Lord had a Facebook page, what would He post? Would His posts, comments, photos, and likes, reflect the values, emotions, attitudes, entertainment, and experiences of many of His followers? I don’t mean to suggest that Jesus would always be in church reading His Bible and never getting a chance to enjoy life. On the contrary, Jesus said,
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. [John 10:10 ESV]
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. [John 15:9-11 NIV]
In light of His words, would He post about being bored, depressed, overwhelmed, & frustrated on a daily basis? Would the spirit projected from His FB page encourage “likes” and “comments” of sympathy because of His focus on defeatism? Would He be surprised that His posts received no attention or one maybe two likes because He remained encouraging and uplifted in His posts?
I envision that His three years of FB posts would be loaded with pictures and testimonies of Him laughing, smiling, teaching, preaching, laying hands, and eating with His disciples and a multitudes of people from all social-economic backgrounds. Of course, most of His posts would be facilitated by someone in His group that would be like a Luke-figure, encouraging Him to post so that more people could be informed and encouraged by the exciting display of the kingdom of heaven.
Yet, when I observe the content of Facebook posts by many Christians, I tend to believe that the most liked and commented post Jesus would write would be in response to His dialogue in the Garden of Gethsemane.
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying,“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” [Matthew 26:36-39 ESV]
The overwhelming response would no doubt be an attempt to encourage Him to adopt the disposition, “It’s okay to not be okay”. And somehow, because of the popular and increase momentum to support this ideology, many would think they are doing Jesus a favor. However, because of His love for the Father and unwavering faith in the Father’s love for Him, He would shut down all false pretenses of support with a word,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” [Matthew 16:23 NIV]
For sure, Isaiah prophesied correctly concerning Jesus,
“He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;” [Isaiah 53:3a NASB]
However, the central and all-consuming purpose in the heart of Jesus that most assuredly would have made it to His Facebook page is found in the following scriptures:
4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. … 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put [Him] to grief. When you make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see [His] seed, He shall prolong [His] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, [and] be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. [Isaiah 53:4-6, 10-12 NKJV]
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of [our] faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. [Hebrews 12:2 NKJV]
What Jesus suffered outwardly is not a reflection of what He posted inwardly. And if He had a chance to post on Facebook His innermost thoughts and feelings, they undoubtedly would have reflected the weighty powerful display of His faith working through love (Galatians 5:6). He would not have spent His time retaliating or over-emphasizing “the bearing sorrows of mankind’s inequities and unbelief”. I am confident, Jesus would encourage us with His attitude towards life to cut off our “faded WWJD bracelet form of Christianity” and “just do it”; acknowledge His love, receive His joy and make it complete. Here’s a word directly spoken to His disciples, that John, inspired by the Holy Spirit, posted in the Bible.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” [John 16:33 NKJV]