It was spring semester 2007, I had a flip phone in my pocket, and my professor was waxing eloquent about a new iPod phone. He asked the question, “Who needs an iPod that calls people?” While it’s hard to imagine now, we all laughed, because the idea of a cellphone from Apple seemed silly at the time. He paused and said, “You don’t know you need an iPod phone yet, but one day you’ll need it. Apple doesn’t fill a need you already have, they create a new one.” Profound. He turned out to be right.
The iPhone wasn’t a refresh on the old phones that came before, it was a revolution. The world had never seen anything like it, and at its release, I don’t think anyone could have predicted how it would change society. Today, smartphones have turned the world upside down. It’s actually hard to imagine life before the iPod phone. The iPhone has become so embedded in our lives that Apple included software in its newest version of iOS to reduce our addiction and use our phones less. They created a need and changed the way the world works.
As we continue in the book of Mark Jesus continues to unfold his new kingdom. And here’s the thing about his kingdom, it wasn’t a new color, refresh, or a re-skin of the existing kingdom. He was introducing a whole new thing altogether. It was a new way that could not have been imagined until it was seen and experienced.
Join us tomorrow as we see a new king, a new way, and a new people in Mark 2:18-3:6.
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