“Why should I worship a dead Jew?” That challenging question was posed by a sincere young Jewish student who had been attending evangelistic meetings conducted by Alfred Ackley. Mr. Ackley responded, “He lives! I tell you He is not dead, but lives here and now! Jesus Christ is more alive today than ever before. I can prove it by my own experience, as well as the testimony of countless thousands.” After having the opportunity to lead this young man to Christ, Ackley wrote words that became a beloved hymn: “He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives; He lives within my heart.”

God gives us choices, and these choices have eternal consequences. John 3 says:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of Light because their deeds were evil.”

We desperately need a Savior. Jesus, the Son of God, came to be that Savior—accomplishing the task through His death, burial, and Resurrection! The evidence of history points to the Resurrection of Jesus: the empty tomb (His enemies could not produce a body); the change in the disciples from fear to great courage (if the Resurrection was a hoax, would they be willing to die for that lie?); the trustworthiness of Scripture (historical accuracy and fulfilled prophecy); the eyewitness accounts (over 500 people saw Jesus alive after He died and was buried); and the testimony of thousands whose lives have been eternally changed.

Jesus said He is the way, the truth, and the life. What will you do with Jesus? Will you be like Pilate and listen to the crowds instead of Jesus? Will you be like one thief on the cross and hang onto your own self-righteousness? Or will you humbly accept by faith God’s gift of salvation that only comes through Jesus?

by Tim Bruns, Pastor of Adult and Care Ministries
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