Thursday, 24 March 2016

The Easter Miracle

There’s a reason that God commands all men everywhere to repent. It’s “…because He has appointed a Day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man Whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31, italics added). 
 
We can have assurance that the Day of Judgment will take place and that Jesus will judge the earth—because of the resurrection

So should we then try and convince an unbelieving world of the resurrection? Many do, by pointing to the 500 witnesses who saw Him after He was raised, to the disciple who actually touched His side, to those who were willing to be martyrs for Christ, etc. But is Islam true because of its martyrs who give up their lives for their faith? What if someone doesn’t believe the Bible when it speaks of the 500 witnesses, etc. 

There is a better (and more biblical way) to reach the unsaved. 
Why not instead present the gospel that includes the resurrection—to make it make sense? Why not preach the gospel because it’s the power of God unto salvation (see Romans 1:16). Why not preach the gospel because it’s the gospel that Jesus commanded us to preach (see Mark 16:15)? 

This is the Lamb of God—Jesus, who was beaten and bruised for our transgressions, willingly giving up His life to conquer the grave for us! He then rose from the dead, because it was not possible that death could hold Him.

When sinners repent and believe the gospel, the eyes of their understanding are enlightened. They pass from darkness into light, from death to life—and become a new creation in Christ, with a brand new heart and new desires.

It is through the power of the gospel that the world will appreciate the miracle of the resurrection, and also have assurance that God has appointed a Day in which He will judge the world in righteousness. And what better motive can there be for evangelism: “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…” (2 Corinthians 5:11).
So celebrate the resurrection by sharing the good news of the gospel with someone today!

By Ray Comfort from Living Waters' Newsletter