By Dr. Russ,
Today is Palm Sunday. It was a springtime Sunday in about the year 30 A.D. The holy city of Jerusalem was crowded with Pilgrims who had come for the annual Passover celebration. And, Jesus made his triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem to an expectant and excited crowd who had heard about the many recent miracles he had performed. He was being called the Messiah.
The Jewish religion will celebrate Passover in 2011 beginning at sunset tomorrow, Monday, April 18 and the celebration will run through April 25. The Christian holy week begins today, one day sooner, April 17 and ends with Easter on April 24. Both celebrations celebrate freedom. The Jews are celebrating freedom from Egyptian rule and slavery, and Christians, freedom from sin through the redemption by God’s sacrifice of his only begotten son for all of mankind.
Both the story of Passover and of Holy Week are GOOD NEWS stories steeped in the optimism of belief in a better life to come. As Jesus entered the city on a donkey, symbolizing peace, both Jews and Gentiles alike were shouting out:
- Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace on Earth and Glory in Highest Heaven! Luke 19:36
The Pharisees asked Jesus to muzzle and rebuke these followers proclaiming Him as King.
- If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers. Luke 19:40
I got to thinking and reflecting upon the image of "stones cheering" and realized that the Middle East has been rampant with “stones” of a modern day kind sending out both cries for help and cheers. These "modern day stones" are inanimate objects called cell phones that have been cheering and crying out on Twitter; letting the whole world know of the GOOD NEWS of the new rebellion for democracy.
Taking the idea of Twitter one step further, I came up with the idea to:
TWEET FOR JESUS
That’s right let’s start sending out 140 character messages that convey the GOOD NEWS and OPTIMISM of Holy Week to all of your Twitter followers. Here are a few examples of possible Tweets you could send.
- Miracles performed by Messiah: Two blind men were made to see by his touch alone.
- Crowd spreads garments and tree branches on road in front of Messiah riding on donkey into Jerusalem.
- People are shouting: “Praise God for the son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
- Everyone in Jerusalem is asking who is this and they have been told it is Jesus the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.
- Prophet Jesus turns over tables in the Temple and declares His Temple will be called a house of prayer not a den of thieves.
- Jesus stumps priests when they admit to not knowing whether John’s authority to Baptize came from heaven or was merely human.
The written word of the Bible makes it easy to make up 140 character messages that reflect the theme of Tweet for Jesus during Holy Week. The writing is very succinct and many versus can be quoted directly, pared down, or paraphrased to fit the format.
I call upon you during HOLY WEEK to: “Tweet for Jesus.” Not on Twitter? Then Facebook or email some GOOD NEWS and OPTIMISTIC messages for Him this week. Just go to one of the four Gospels and turn to the section that gives an account of Holy Week, and you will find ample material to tweet and re-tweet!