Actually he didn’t, but would he have done if he was on the earth preaching today?
I was talking with some students about Jesus saying he was the bread of life and I asked them what an alternative metaphor might be. Someone suggested the internet because we use it for everything and they couldn’t manage without it.
I don’t think it is quite the same, after all if we suddenly lost the internet, we would hopefully survive but it is an interesting thought. In some ways, the internet reminds us who Jesus is.
The internet is everywhere
As long as you have the equipment to access it, you can connect to the internet anywhere. God designed us to know him. I believe that we are made to know him and we can talk with him wherever we are. All we need to do is get connected.
When we need advice or information we go to the internet
The internet contains data that is vastly greater the knowledge that can be contained by any one person. When we need help we can access it online (as long as we sift through what we find carefully). God knows everything and we have access to him through the Bible and when we talk with him in prayer.
Who do you turn to the most, God or Google? When the chips are down and you need help, do you google it or pray?
Be careful what you connect to
You need to be careful when surfing the net. There is a lot of distressing information that can upset as well as viruses that want to destroy our system. We need to be careful what we are accessing and when something doesn’t feel right disconnect from it.
The Bible tells us that when we are trying to listen to God that we need to spend time trying to discern if what we are hearing is from God or not. When we try to connect spiritually it is possible to receive from God or the forces of evil and so we need to use the Bible to ensure that what we are receiving is in line with God’s teaching and will.
When we are offline we feel lost
I remember the days when people used to talk with each other rather than look at their phones and devices. Teenagers in particular seem glued to their mobiles and when they lose connection they don’t often cope well. A loss of signal means being disconnected from friends and what is going on.
When we do not feel God’s presence do we feel lost or do we happily get on with life?
The internet loves you
Okay, perhaps it isn’t such a perfect metaphor but then I suppose that bread doesn’t love you either, but God does!!
Christians are like wifi hotspots
We are carriers of the presence of God. When people meet us they should be able to see and experience God working in, through and with us.
The internet exists whether you are connected to it or not
The internet is there all the time. We can plug into it or not, but it is still a reality. God is everywhere all the time and he longs for you to connect with him.
What do you think?
Jesus is the internet of life. A good or bad metaphor?
What else have I missed? How else does the internet remind us of who God is?