The One Thing That Changes Everything

A couple of weeks ago, on Easter weekend, Apple released its newest technological innovation—the ipad.  After months of media hype, mounting suspense, and millions of dollars of research and development, this little device hit the stores with all the flash and fanfare typical of Steve Jobs. Being a recent convert to the Mac, I have to admit, the technology contained in the ipad blows me away.  At the same time, I wonder why this day, and this weekend was chosen?

No doubt, the people at Apple Computer understand the significance of Easter, and the impact the resurrection of Christ had, and continues to have on mankind.  And, they certainly know how important holidays are to sales and company revenue. But I must ask, is there anything else?

 Steve Jobs was quoted describing the ipad as, “The one that will change everything.” “When people see how immersive the experience is,” Jobs says, “how directly you engage with it … the only word is magical.” (Time Magazine, April 1, 2010)

To a person like me, the technology employed in the ipad is somewhere between magical and miraculous.  It’s hard to believe some of what you see.  On the other hand, to someone who understands how these things are “wired,” the ipads are just another step in the evolution of our high tech world.  While it is a great innovation in technology, and will certainly have a huge impact on the world, will it really “change everything?”

Will it change the hard-hearted, self centered world we live in?  Will it help us solve the problem of world hunger, or bring peaceful resolutions around the globe? Will it help us understand why racial, religious, and ethnic hatred continue to plague the human race?  The answer to all of these questions is a resounding “no,” and not because the ipad and other technology like it, isn’t amazing and awesome.  The truth of the matter is that technology cannot solve the brokenness of man’s heart.  While it may give him a better life, it cannot make him a better person. 

There has only been one person who has offered an answer or solution to all of these issues.  And, in spite of the fact that His coming to this world was met with unmatched brutality and hatred, He still managed to bring radical transformation through His death on a cross.   The Easter celebration focuses on what Jesus did through his death and resurrection to change the condition of man’s heart – a change known as the new birth.  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

Surely, Steve Jobs released his little device on Easter weekend for a purpose, probably one related to profit. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. Time will tell if his ipad changes “everything,” or nothing at all. While there is no comparison between Steve Jobs and the God we serve, it is interesting to realize that time has already revealed how the release of Jesus from the tomb truly did change everything.

Steve Jobs, like many other innovators before him, have done some impressive things; but they are nothing compared to the works Jesus has wrought in the heart of each and every believer since His release! The one thing that really does change everything!


About Larry Doyle

Larry is the Director of Missions for the Piedmont Baptist Association. He has served overseas with the International Mission Board (SBC), in Charlotte NC as the Director of International Ministries, and as a pastor in North Carolina and Kentucky. He is married to Rebekah Hill, a native of Greensboro NC, and has two children and three grandchildren.
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