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Easter and the Resurrection - Testimony
Considering all the evidence for the resurrection of Christ it simply boggles my mind how anyone could live through life and not consider the claims of Christ as to who He was and if what He said regarding eternal life was true. For myself I had to know.
As a young boy I was raised in the Catholic church and the one good thing I can take away from that experience was that it did give me a foundation for faith in Christ and developed a healthy fear of God in my heart. I never questioned Christ's resurrection. I simply believed it all was true. However in my teens I began to question the requirements for salvation. I had to know now whether I was going to heaven or hell. So I began to read the Gospels and came away from it with the conclusion that it was impossible for a man to live the way Jesus described or to be saved based on works. So I stood convicted and my fear of God increased. This began an ongoing inquiry with God regarding salvation. I had to know where I was going before I died so I asked Him to show me the way.
One night I was walking up a dark road looking at the stars and said this: 'God if you are there I want to know you, I want to be a small part of You.' I had never heard the full gospel of salvation by faith. No one ever witnessed to me. But during my first year at University I began to come upon tracts and booklets on the gospel. The more I read the more I knew I was a sinner in danger of hell. One great booklet was called 'Here's How' (can't recall the author) it explained the gospel regarding how we are sinners and need to be saved by faith. It left me with deeper conviction but my heart did not yet understand how to cross over into faith.
Then one night, March 11, 1972, I was reading a Bill Bright booklet called 'Jesus and the Intellectual'. He was the man who began the 'Campus Crusade for Christ' ministry to university students. In the conclusion of the booklet he presented Christ's challenge in Revelation 3:20 of Jesus knocking at the door of one's heart.
Rev.3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me." (NASB)
In a sudden flash light entered my heart. Bill Bright explained this; if Jesus is God He cannot lie. If He says He is knocking and will come in He will do it.
I literally felt as though I had the Lord Jesus Christ Himself in a cornered position as a sense of excitement filled my heart. I then said this: 'Jesus you said if I open the door you will come in, so I am opening the door and you have got to come into my heart. You cannot lie about doing this'. In that very moment faith entered my heart, I repented and I knew that He, the Resurrected Christ had come into my heart and life. From that encounter I knew He was living and real.
That is why I often ponder how it is that men can live a whole lifetime and never personally inquire of God and ask Him to reveal Himself to them and show them if He is dead or alive. If Christ is a risen, living person, then He is capable of revealing Himself to anyone who desires to know Him. If they inquire of Him personally and directly with complete sincerity of heart.
That is why your compilation of the evidence of His resurrection is so valuable. Anyone who reads this is presented with much to consider and inquire of God.
The Resurrection is the most significant event in history. People need to know this is true.
It happened and the world and the church have lost sight of it's importance.
Their lives depend on it for eternity. Today everything the enemy is doing is based on eliminating the need for a crucified and resurrected Savior. The world is saturated with a false gospel of access to God apart from Jesus Christ.
The wave of the anti-Christ spirt has swept over the world and is increasing. If one watches many videos on the internet regarding Christ or the resurrection; or people's experience of encounters with Him, the comments from some are found to be intensely hateful of Christ and God.
It amazing how much the world hates Christ, particularly those among the younger generations. It's as said in the word. Romans 3:18. 'There is no fear of God before their eyes'.
And in 2 Peter 3 v3-4.
"37But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (King James Version)
So it is now and today.
Unless otherwise mentioned: Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.