Instagram Jesus Week 6: Devotional Day 6
DAY 6 – Saturday
Mark 1:28, Mark 1:36-39, Mark 1:45
What was the last piece of good news you received?
Do you remember the first time you heard about Jesus?
When did his free gift of salvation become irresistible to you?
YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter—fame can spread overnight with the click of a button. Going viral means you’ve got the attention of a lot of people quickly. After this day in Capernaum, Jesus went viral. Seemingly overnight his name was on everyone’s lips in areas surrounding Capernaum known as Galilee. Why? People love to tell and hear a good story and this story was great: a Sabbath day turned exciting when Jesus of Nazareth walked into a Capernaum with his seafaring band of followers and mic dropped on the crowds in a synagogue with God-like authoritative teachings, and as if that wasn’t enough he verbally drop-kicked an unclean spirit out the door. Now that’s a story worth spreading!
Later in Mark 1:36-39 when Simon told Jesus, “Everyone is looking for you” he meant it. Word was out that Jesus was a healer and people wanted to see what the commotion was all about, and who knows- maybe Jesus could fix their pain too? Wherever Jesus went he brought what no one else in the history of the world could- complete and perfect healing. Jesus started in Capernaum and “he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.” Down in verse 45 we see Jesus’ fame had outgrown the towns, and people were coming to him from every corner of the region.
Today’s cyber-fame and viral superstars will eventually be small mentions in history. Jesus’ fame and viral status has been continuing on for over 2,000 years now. His continued popularity can be attributed to two main factors: Jesus is exactly who he says he is and he does exactly what he says he can do. Jesus and his free gift of salvation are irresistible to the believing heart.