The pungent aroma of burning oak greeted us as we entered the bistro. An iron pot in a wood burning oven wafted the promise of a memorable lunch. It was our first meal in Bordeaux, France. We were ushered to our table, seated next to the open air patio that fronted the cobblestone streets. Lovely! This is why we travel!
After we ordered, we noticed the family next to us ordering nearly the same entrees we did. Intrigued, my wife offered a friendly greeting. “Your daughter is so polite and such a good eater!”
“Thank you!” he beamed. “Our family loves to travel and my daughter loves to try new foods. We are visiting from Switzerland, this is my wife and daughter.”
We exchanged pleasantries then I commented, “We noticed that we were both ordering the same dishes. How did you decide on what to order?”
His wife smiled. “We follow this foodie blog on the internet and they all recommended this bistro and the dishes we ordered.”
Too funny! We soon learned we read the same blog and were there for the same reasons. Social media, once again, brings people together!
And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.
Mark 2:1-2 (NKJV)
What brought the people to Jesus? News traveled very quickly in the time of Jesus Christ. No internet or postal service. It was all via word of mouth through eyewitnesses. The blind could see, the lame could walk, the deaf could hear! No fake news here. The fortunate recipients who were healed were living in the same villages and cities. Like the couple next to us in the bistro in Bordeaux, everyone was there for the same reason. They heard the Good News!
Jesus Christ brought people together. He was the original influencer and started the social media of the ancient world! Rich or poor, sick or healthy, Jews and Gentiles-He brought all together to hear the Good News of salvation and forgiveness of sins through faith and belief in His Name.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.