And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as One having authority, and not as the scribes.
The Sermon on the Mount concludes with jaw-dropping astonishment. Jesus was radical. His audience was wowed. Every Word He spoke was about love, as in His for us, us for Him and ours for others. He led by example, asking others to follow Him 21 times in 4 Gospels.*
Two thousand years later, we find ourselves in the age of media: a worldwide web constructed by 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2). Millions have entered this net, a.k.a. internet. From the outside, it looks fun and free. But on the inside, people get stuck--like flies in a spider's web.
Are people no more than flies? Jesus calls Satan 'Beelzebub' (Matthew 12:24), meaning 'Lord of the flies' (Easton's Bible Dictionary). Jesus calls Satan 'The ruler of this world' (John 12:31)--a predator, 'Seeking someone to devour' (1 Peter 5:8).
Consider it this way: Satan is the defeated king of Earth awaiting deportation. Until then, he remains king of the unsaved--hoping to take them his way. Therein, people are his prey, but they are unaware of the danger. They consider the devil to be a fairy tale--and Jesus a distant legend.
But for the King of kings, people are His prayer.** Right now, 'The Captain of our Salvation' (Hebrews 2:10) is casting His Own net: 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men' (Matthew 4:19). It's a casting call to actors, models and talent for Christ: a church without a roof starring priests without a pulpit.
By the grace of God, His performers don't get stuck in this web. They surf it. Flying high, far and fast, they reach out to the lost--like Jesus did: by example. First, God's high fliers grab attention. Because they are different--even radical. Then they grab hands--pulling their fans up to a new way of thinking.
It's the way of Truth. God's performers are the opening act. Once all eyes are on them, they defer to Him. When He takes the stage, He plays His Heart out--and offers It up. Then with extreme delicacy, Jesus begins to mend the hearts of all who are broken.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: get into the game. Enter this net called media. Go through the gates of Hollywood. Consider it your mission field. Speak as One having authority--and not as the current administration. Take the high way and clear it for others--by the power of your performance.
Because this game is for life--specifically the lives of others. Complacent Christians must get off their pews and get into the field. Media is the hottest field on Earth, and talent missionaries are desperately needed.
'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest' (Like 10:2).
* Jesus' command for us to follow Him is throughout the Gospels: http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=follow+me&searchtype=all&version1=50&language1=en&bookset=4&resultspp=250
** Jesus prays for us: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2017:6-26&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Sermon On The Mount series.