I still remember vividly sitting in a classroom for the first time clicking a mouse on a Mac computer that had finally made it to my school district in 1989 or so. As we played the game loaded onto the computer it taught the different parts of a computer and of what a computer was really capable. The sense of awe that I felt in front of that machine was one that seldom has been repeated in my life, but one Steve Jobs seemed capable of producing consistently – a sense of what mankind could do.
Even so, as I think over the life of the man who by his genius and creativity subdued this portion of our lives and redefined our need for digital devices one aspect continues to ring in my mind at the announcement of his death. As excellent as all of his accomplishments are, what is man?
The Bible answers this question in small form in Psalm 8. Man is a little lower than the angels and yet given dominion over the whole of the earth. Man is not God, nor even given the abilities of those divine beings in heaven and yet man is not merely a creature to be written off. Man is a person with an image like that of God. Whatever twists and turns man may put on his nature, he cannot better state this reality. Further as much as men fight against it and rebel against Him, man is not divine, sovereign, or eternal as God is.
The life and death of Steve Jobs should remind us of what man is really like. Man is creative and powerful to an extent. Men like Jobs have tremendous power to change the world and can do so for the better. Even so as proved by his own demise men like Jobs cannot escape the inevitability of the end of life in this fallen world. No matter how powerfully Jobs changed the world, in the end he still headed to the grave. As Al Mohler puts it, “unerring taste, aesthetic achievement, and technological genius will not save the world.” Such ability could not save Jobs from this day, nor can it save any of us from a day much like this one. And it is a day like this one, but more personal that should loom large in our minds.