I recently had a conversation with a dear friend who was struggling to believe that Christ was who He said He was. My friend explained that he believed historically there was a man named Jesus, but it was the resurrection that he was having a problem with because he still had Jesus in the tomb.
I reassured him that many of us live our lives as though Jesus is still in the tomb.
Are you still trying to pridefully be in control and have Jesus in the tomb?
I encouraged him that he needed to answer this question because his life depended on his answer. Our faith tells us that our eyes will eventually close for the last time with our final divine appointment, and we will be staring into the eyes of Christ. Do You Know Him?
The importance of all of us knowing and believing the complete story of the crucifixion and the resurrection was never clearer than on a trip to Haiti.
Our team had decided to show the Jesus film in the evening, and we had a great turnout with a few hundred people. As the story began, I was amazed to watch people hear and see the life of Christ for the first time. I often see this in my grandchildren when I read Bible stories and they are hanging on every word.
I was standing in the back of the room watching the audience’s reaction to the story when Christ was beaten and crucified on the cross. I noticed a man at the back of the room who began to cry and yell that he could not take any more of this story. How could anyone do such a thing to an innocent man and he ran out of the back of the building.
It quickly dawned on me to ask one of the people who had been trying to console him if he knew the end of the story? They said they didn’t know, so I demanded they go get him and bring him back because the end of the story is the answer to his salvation.
Can you imagine if he never returned to hear and see the complete story of God’s love?
How many people do you know in your life running from Christ?
Your spouse, your neighbor, or your friend?
How can you find a common place of love to begin sharing the story of Jesus without judging?
As Billy Graham explained, the “Resurrection” means that Christ was undeniably God and He was what He claimed to be. Christ was God in the flesh, and without the resurrection, the cross is meaningless.”
In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God
And the Word was made flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father full of grace and truth.
We quickly escorted this man into the room and we stood next to him as he watched the end of the story and when he saw the resurrected Christ he once again began to cry, but this time they were tears of joy.
How do you respond when you hear the story of the resurrection?
In John 3:16, God was telling us that He loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
If Jesus had not risen from the dead, the cross would be as evil intended, a story of pain and suffering. Christ changed an instrument of death into forgiveness, mercy, and love that opened heaven.
Christ conquered death.
He is not here; He has Risen just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.
Jesus assured us that death is not the end of this story.
How do we share this story without condemning or judging?
Love and Humility. Love one another and take time to listen. We probably need each other’s love and encouragement more than we need each other’s answer. Find a common place to begin your witness and make sure your life is a witness not just empty words.
Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…
The resurrection is the greatest event in human life and without it, there is no salvation, victory over sin and no eternal life. It is the resurrection that gives us hope and peace to know we will see our loved ones again in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Heaven is for real!
For His Glory,
Dr. Tom is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician in the USA with over 25 years of experience and an ordained minister by Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky. His true passion is world missions and he and his wife Karen are the founders of Teach To Transform, an organization that exists to equip partners around the world with medical and vocational skills they can use to share the gospel of Christ. You can subscribe to Dr. Tom’s weekly blog, Divine Appointments, to read more stories and learn more about the mission of Teach To Transform.