Well, a New Year has arrived. I’m old enough that 2019 sounds like a title from a sci-fi movie. I recently watched some of the movie series, Back To The Future… do you know what year Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled into the future? 2015. I WISH our cars flew like they did in the movie year 2015! Back To The Future premiered in 1985.
In 1985 people were still using phones that plugged into the wall somewhere. The internet didn’t exist. Music was just beginning to be introduced onto compact discs. And televisions weighed about as much as a teenager. Our world has grown much in the areas of technology in the past 30 years for sure. If you own an iPhone 8 it will compute 120 million times faster than the computer that sent Apollo 11 to land on the moon. 2019 will surely bring more amazing discoveries as science and technology continue to advance — our world has changed more in the last 35 years than it did in the previous 100.
Here is a startling reality… when the gospel of Jesus Christ left Jerusalem about 2000 years ago — it left on foot and by boat.
Today, the gospel is available in much of the world by the touch of a computer key or even by a cell phone. Missionaries can travel halfway around the world in the time it took the Apostle Paul to travel 30 miles by foot. Google now makes ear buds that can translate over 30 languages instantly, in real time, as a person listens to someone speak in a different language!
The digital age is changing how the message of Jesus is being shared with the world. When John said in Revelation 1 that every eye will see Jesus’ return someday, it might have seemed improbable to the people of his generation, but now, with satellites and a world news media — that prophecy doesn’t seem too far-fetched today. More people have access to the Bible today than ever before in history.
So, while I hope 2019 is a great year for you and those you love… I am even more hopeful that 2019 will see more people come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior than any year before it. It’s amazing isn’t it? God can use so many venues to share His Good News! Now… if cars could just fly… yeah… I think I could use that too…