I don’t know about you, but on occasion I enjoy a good TED Talk or two. I’m a learner. My brain is constantly on overdrive and is always searching for new knowledge, new insights, and new ideas. Therefore, TED Talks or “ideas worth spreading” speak to this curious nature of mine.
I have watched a fantastic talk on how to properly use a single paper-towel to dry my hands.
I have been motivated by another to implement a simple habit change in my life.
And I have laughed incredibly hard during a video in which the speaker discussed what happens when you reply to spam email.
What do I find engaging about a TED Talk? Well, typically, the presenter leaves me thinking about something in a new light. They may change my perspective. They sometimes leave me going “Wow.” And the cool thing is… it doesn’t have to be something radical. The paper towel thing? Simple.
That’s what got me thinking. Jesus Christ was a TED Talker.
He took simple ideas and presented them to engaged crowds.
And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.
– Luke 10:1
The Gospel accounts are full of passages where large crowds gathered around Jesus Christ, desperate to hear his teachings. His knowledge. His ideas. And guess what? They were ideas worth spreading.
He taught simple ideas and truths.
He taught us to choose our words carefully.
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.”
– Matthew 12:36 ESV
He taught us that there is more to life than money.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
– Matthew 6:24 ESV
He even taught us the Golden Rule:
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
– Matthew 7:12 ESV
But it was his death on the Cross and his subsequent resurrection that would leave the most profound impact on the world. The very idea that the Son of God would choose to surrender his life by taking our place was an idea worth spreading.
And spread it did.
So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
– Acts 2:41
His ideas, his story, spread like wildfire throughout the world. A world before YouTube, cellphones, and Twitter. A world where men had to travel on foot through rough, harsh terrain to share an account under the threat of persecution, imprisonment, and death. Men lost their lives to spread his story. His ideas.
Why? Because like any good TED Talker, he left them astonished.
And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
– Mark 1:22 ESV
He left them wanting to know more.