I began using Twitter in 2009. There is something challenging about conveying what I’m doing or thinking or encouraging others to do or think in 280 characters or less. I also love the bite-sized flow of comments from others that keep me informed and entertained.
As with anything I commit myself to, it always has to pass the “Would Jesus Do This” test. So, would Jesus use Twitter? Would we be reading @JesusChrist tweets if He were on earth today?
I think so! Just a quick survey of the gospels will show you how many of His profound statements were in the Twitter-ready 280-characters-or-less format…
In refuting the temptations of satan, all three Old Testament passages Jesus quoted are Twitter-length.
- Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
- Do not put the Lord your God to the test.
- Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.
In His famous Sermon on the Mount, all of the “blessed are” beatitudes are Twitterable.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
Each sentence of Jesus’ model prayer fits in the Twitter dialogue box.
- Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
- Give us today our daily bread.
- Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
- And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
All of Christ’s powerful “I AM” declarations in the Gospel of John are less than 140 characters.
- I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty.
- I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
- I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved.
- I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me.
- I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.
- I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
- I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener.
- I am the vine; you are the branches.
Even the most well-known verse of all fits:
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
What’s your favorite Twitter-ready statement from @JesusChrist?