3 Ways to Share the Gospel

Here are 3 simple ways to start up a spiritual conversation

3 simple ways to start up a spiritual conversation.

Talk About Natural Catastrophes

Asking a question like, “Did you hear about the flooding yesterday” might be a conversation starter at any time and with anyone, believer or not. It doesn’t matter whether they’ve heard about it or not (whatever it was) because natural catastrophes, accidents, and terrorist acts affect us all in one way or another. You don’t necessarily have to start talking about spiritual things, because tragedies like these because most people have heard about them, so a good ice breaker could be as simple as asking, “Did you hear about the earthquake yesterday in…” or whatever else may have happened today or recently. A very sobering question is, “Do you ever think about what happens after death?” When tragedy strikes, like natural disasters, it makes people think about their mortality, and that all of us are one only heartbeat or accident or stroke away from eternity. That’s when the judgment of God comes (Heb 9:27; Rev 20:12-15). That’s why it’s so crucial to trust in Christ today. No one is guaranteed tomorrow. That’s why it’s a topic that almost everyone thinks about. Life and death are always attention grabbers, so when there are things that happen where people suffer great loss, or even lose their lives, it’s always something that people can relate to. It doesn’t matter whether a person is saved or not. We all have one thing in common…we’re all going to die someday. The old Chinese proverb is right; after the game is over, the pawn and the king go in the same box. Death is the great equalizer and the statistics prove it; 10 out of every 10 people will die. Being human is 100% fatal…eventually.

What About Your Family?

We all have family. There is no one born who hasn’t had a mother, and so a natural conversation starter is asking someone about their family. You could also ask them where they’re from, how many children they have, or where do they work. These are things that most people are more than willing to talk about. Ask anyone about their children and grandchildren, and they cannot help but talk about them, and I know. As a father and grandfather, I would respond in the very same manner, being eager to share about my children and grandchildren, so whether a person’s trusted in Christ or not, there is common ground upon which we all stand, and that is family. It’s something that most people have great feelings for, even though many times their family has brought them great pain and suffering, they have also brought them much joy. Family is what is closest to our hearts other than God, so when you ask someone about their family, you can almost always expect an answer. Family can mean the most to us, however, those we love the most, can also hurt us the most. They can bring us the greatest of joy, but they can also bring us the greatest of sorrow.

Where do you Attend Church?

At one time, I was a reluctant witness of Christ…and to an extent, I still am. I would be waiting at a bus stop with some people and never utter a word, until one day I saw a church sign on a bus that went by the other direction. It made me think, so I ask the young couple waiting for the bus, “Do you folks know where there’s a good church at around here?” The man said, “We don’t go to church. We used to, but when we moved and we just stopped going.” Now, I had opened up the conversation, and actually prayed the bus would be late so I could witness to them about Christ. Then I told them, “I’m know church doesn’t save you, but only Christ saves,” and the wife shook her head. The husband just looked at the ground. Believe me when I say, that must have been the Holy Spirit because before I said anything, my heart was pounding, I was sweating, and my voice was probably a bit shaky and my mouth was dry, but God can use even the worst witnessing as a means to save some. That’s when the bus came and they got on and I went back across the street. I wonder what they thought when they realized that I wasn’t there waiting for the bus; I was there to witness for Christ. I imagine they finally figured that out, and, I have often wondered what happened to that couple. Will I see them in the kingdom? Of course, attending church doesn’t save you because Jesus said there would be tares among the wheat, but it’s a great way to find out if someone’s a believer or not. Just ask them where they go to church or if they know where a good church home is at. It’s might open the door to a conversation, and even if it doesn’t, you have been obedient as witnesses for Christ in doing the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). Besides, we’re not responsible for their being saved or lost because it is God alone Who saves (John 6:44; Acts4:12; Eph 1). And the good thing is, the Spirit will help us know what to say. Believe me, I have no clue where some of the things that come out of my mouth come from, other than the Holy Spirit of God.

Conclusion

We never really know if someone is a Christ follower or not, but one good way to find out is to start a conversation with them. Ask them about their family, about their job, about their church, about recent tragedies, or whatever else you can think of. When I’m about to witness to people, I have no idea what I’m going to say. I don’t keep a flash card and memorize what to say. Each person has unique needs and is moved by different things, so I trust the Spirit of God to put words in my mouth that may bring some to Christ. It is easier if you’re waiting in line or at the doctor or dentist office. You’d be surprised who is eavesdropping. Maybe your conversation starter might get their attention. It’s happened before where someone is witnessing to one person and the other person is saved. If you don’t know what to say, trust the Spirit. He will work through you and in you, even if you (or I) have no clue what we’re going to say.

May God richly bless you

Pastor Jack Wellman

Heritage Church, 113 N. Church, Udall, KS

How to Become Jesus’ Disciple & Disciple Others – Part One

Are You A Disciple of Jesus? What Does This Mean To You? God doesn’t want any more religious people (remember the Pharisees?).   He wants disciples after His own heart with the express purpose of being more like Christ.  

Luke 14:33 “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”

What is a disciple?  It comes from the Old English discipul (fem. discipula) which comes from the Latin discipulus, meaning, “pupil, student, follower,” and said to be from discere “to learn” from which we get the word “discern” and that comes from the root word, dek which means “to take, accept” (hint: Matt 28:18-20).

According to Barnhart and Klein, it comes from a lost compound word, discipere , which means “to grasp intellectually,” “analyze thoroughly,” and is from dis- “apart” (see dis-) + capere  “to take, take hold of,” like “carpe diem” is Latin for “seize the day.”  The Greek word for disciple is “mathēteuō” and it means a “student, learner,” or “pupil.”  That’s what disciple means…now, what is a disciple?

What is a Disciple?

Luke 6:40 “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.”

What is a disciple? A disciple is someone called to live “in” Christ, equipped to live “like” Christ, and sent to live “for” Christ and called to “share” Christ.  “Calling” includes salvation and abiding in Christ (John 8:31–32). “Equipping” includes spiritual formation and growth (2 Timothy 3:16–17). “Sending” includes discipling others, good work, bearing much fruit, and neighbor love (Matthew 28:18–20, John 15:8, John 13:34–35). Sharing means taking the gospel to all the world, even if it’s in your own part of the world.

What then is discipleship? Discipleship, then, is anything that calls someone to live in Christ, equips them to live like Christ, or sends them to live for Christ. Authentic discipleship is to raise up men and women who love above all else the God who loves them.

There cannot be discipleship without evangelism.

You cannot be a disciple without having God’s Word hidden in your heart.  It shows you Jesus’ heart.

For more, Read What Does it Mean to Be a Disciple?

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What Pentecost Has to do With the Church

What is Pentecost?  What significance does it hold for today?  What does Pentecost have to do with the church today?  Is it a holy day and if so, should it be observed by the church today?

The Meaning of the Word Pentecost

The word Pentecost is from the Greek word “pentekostos” and it’s literally a translation of the word “fifty” or “fiftieth” day.  It was significant to ancient Israel for it was the “Feast of First Fruits” called Shavuot.  It was a day of celebration for the early harvest that enabled Israel to have sustenance until the greater fall harvest.  Originally a harvest festival, it became a  traditional Jewish celebration of the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai.  Some churches today still celebrate this day as holy in the Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, Roman Catholic, and even some Lutheran churches.  Pentecost comes fifty days after the Passover.  In the New Testament, Pentecost has significant meaning as we shall see.

The Birth of the Church

Before Jesus’ Ascension, He told the disciples to wait (or tarry) in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit would come.   Jesus commanded the disciples to “not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5).  The church could not even exist without the Holy Spirit and so on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given to the church and the church was begun.

In Acts 2:1-4  it states that

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues [or literally, languages] as the Spirit enabled them.

On Pentecost the Spirit came as fire. When Jesus was baptized He came like a dove.

So Pentecost was the day when the Holy Spirit was given and thus, Jesus’ church was founded. 

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5 Reasons Many Christians Don’t Share Their Faith

Here are five major reasons that many Christians never share their faith.

Fear of Man

When I first started sharing the gospel, my heart was racing and my face was turning red, so I still had the fear of man in me when I talked about Christ, however, over time, I began to feel more confident because I knew that it’s not my responsibility to save anyone. God does that, because it’s their response to His ability, but it’s still my responsibility to tell others, and as you know, it’s not always easy, but the Bible tells us, “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe” (Prov 29:25). So the fear of man ties us up, but if your trust is in God, you’re safe and there’s no reason to fear. I concluded, “in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me” (Psalm 56:11)? So, many Christians don’t witness because of fear, which dampens enthusiasm for obeying the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20).

Knowing the Gospel

I once met a couple of young men who were witnesses, but witnesses for a cult, so I went up to them to ask them, “I’m at a hospital, I’m about to die, so tell me how I can be saved?” That drew blanks…until the older man said, “Well, you have to believe in Jesus.” I said, “Don’t the demons believe in Jesus too” (James 2:19)? They couldn’t answer me. Some Christians don’t share the gospel because they don’t know it well enough to share it. You cannot share what you do not know.

Living in Sin

When a believer is living in sin, they are miserable, and one of the last things they’d ever feel like doing was sharing the gospel, because they’re not living the gospel. They feel like hypocrites and they’d be ashamed to try to tell others about Christ when they know that Christ is not pleased with them. Living in sin robs our joy, but it also robs our witness. It silences the gospel in us.

It’s Not Important

I hate to even say this is a reason why many Christians don’t witness and it’s when they say, “It’s not important.” I’ve actually heard this one several times. When someone says it’s not important to share the gospel, I say, “Well, was it important to you that someone did with you?” Of course it’s important! Jesus gives us what the Greek sentence structure shows is an “imperative command,” which means, “Do this!” That comes directly from our Commanding General, the Lord God Himself in Jesus Christ (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).

No Gift for Evangelism

I heard this once from someone in our own church. They believed that I have the gift of evangelism but they didn’t have that gift, so don’t expect them to share the gospel. That’s not their gift, they say, but evangelism is not a gift of the Spirit; it is a command for the believer. Martin Luther believed in the priesthood of the believer, or that we’re all called to be ministers of God, wherever He has placed us. Evangelism simply means sharing the good news. That doesn’t take a gifting from God to do that.

Conclusion

One way to know the gospel well enough to share it is to read everything you can about the gospel. Why not camp out in Ephesians 2, Romans 1-3, and Romans 10, and a few other places that you can probably think of. If you had only two minutes to share the gospel with a dying person, could you? Could I? Don’t be among those that never share their faith…even once, in their entire lifetime.

Pastor Jack Wellman – Heritage Church, Udall, KS.

How I Came to Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Resurrection Sunday changed history forever but people are still asking is there any proof of the resurrection?

The Historical Jesus

We know that Resurrection Sunday was part of history, but this epic event also changed history, but people still ask, “Is there any real proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ?” Could you prove it to anyone that asks you about it? You can talk to people about evidence for the resurrection, but many still won’t believe because they choose not to believe. They don’t even think about it, but it’s not a matter of physical or historical evidence that makes a person believe. It’s a matter of the heart. Jesus told His disciples, “For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (Matt 16:17), and concerning what is to come, the Apostle Paul writes, “God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God” (1 Cor 2:9), so Jesus won’t be known by empirical evidence, because “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14). Only God can change the human heart (Prov 21:1), but He may use us as a means to do so, especially when it comes to loving others (John 13:34-35). Christians already know that their hope in Christ is not a hope-so faith, but a know-so faith. God has shown it to them.

The Innocent

The great lineage of Jesus Christ is recorded at the beginning of Luke. The names of all these men are historical facts. Even the census that Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem for was registered in the king’s census (Luke 2:1-5), and besides that, thousands upon thousands of witnesses not only knew Jesus by sight, but they acknowledged that He was the Messiah and related to King David’s lineage (Luke 1:1-10, 18:35-43). He was referred to as the Son of David (Matt 15:22, 20:30), and not once in the gospels did the chief priests, the scribes, the Pharisees or the Sadducees ever catch Jesus in a sin or every proved that He ever had sinned or broken the law. Pontius Pilate declared, “I find no guilt in him” (John 19:4), and tragically, many of these religious rulers knew that Jesus was from God, but for fear of losing their authority and positions, or getting put out of the synagogue, most denied Him in the end. The religious leaders all conspired to kill Him, despite the fact that He had not sinned nor broken Jewish or Roman law (Luke 20:20-26, 19:28-40, 20:20-26), and He was hated without cause (Psalm 69:4; John 15:26).

Eye Witnesses

In any court of law, eye witnesses are an invaluable source of finding the truth. In the whole of Judea and Samaria, there were several hundred eye witnesses who saw Jesus before, and more importantly, after His crucifixion, death, and resurrection (Luke 24:15-24, Act 1:3-4, 2:31-32, 9:3, 17, I Cor 15:4-8, 9:1, II Pet 1:16-21, John 3:2, 15:27, I John 1:1-3, 14). Hundreds others saw the empty tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, which Joseph had given for Jesus’ burial site and Jesus public execution was most certainly known by all, as the Roman’s had a custom of crucifying criminals near major roadways. They did this as a “warning sign” for all who entered or lived under Roman dominion, so the knowledge of Jesus’ crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection was known even into the Roman Empire, and later, beyond.

The Apostle’s Creed

The resurrection was so important to the early church because it is the essence of the gospel. Paul calls the gospel “of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep” (1 Cor 15:3-6). This was so important that within three to eight years after His death, Apostle’s Creed was created with the intent of protecting these eye witness’s accounts and codifying their testimonies accurately, both for present and future generations. Jude wrote “I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1: 3), so even in the church’s infancy, they were already contending for the original gospel (1 Cor 15:3-6). Paul told Timothy he must “Fight the good fight of the faith” (1st Tim 6:12), because so many were preaching another gospel and not the one Jesus delivered.

Gnosticism

Within a few years, some churches had already been infiltrated with the Gnostics who felt it was only through knowledge that one could be saved, and it was only for a select few, however the Creed announces to everyone publicly that the only way we can be saved is through Jesus Christ (John 6:44) and the free gift of eternal life (Eph 2:8-9). The Creed has grown in the last two thousand years, but its basic tenets have not changed much. If it has grown, it has only grown to resist the plethora of unsound doctrines floating around out there. It should act as a hedge against heresy and other (false) gospels. The Creed was not written from a blind-faith perspective or formulated by suppositions. It was created by eye witnesses who had seen Jesus before His death and after His resurrection. Today, He sits at the right hand of the Father directing His church as its Head. The old saying holds true; most people would live for a lie, but few would die for one. Especially one that they knew was not true.

Conclusion

I have faith in God, but I did not come to believe on my own. I was dead in my sins and needed quickening by God’s Spirt, so I came believe, but only because God wanted me to believe.   I have faith, but what is this faith I have? God defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). The Greek word used for “assurance” is hypostasis, and means “a setting, a place,” or “that which has a foundation,” and the Greek word (elegchos) used for conviction means, “a proof, that by which something is proven or a tested conviction.” Webster’s definition of faith seems perfectly fitting: Having an allegiance to duty or a person… loyalty, belief and trust in God, confidence in something or someone, so faith involves an act of the will. It is not blind faith, but faith that has assurance, is foundational, has inward and outward evidence, and has been proven by the person having such faith. For those things not seen (God), we have a foundational belief and overwhelming conviction of its truthfulness, so it’s not a hope-so faith, but a know-so faith…but that’s something only you can prove to be true. That’s my prayer for the reader. Pastor Jack

The Implications of the Resurrection for Believers and the Unsaved

What does the Resurrection mean to Christians, as well as the unsaved? Here is how the resurrection has changed millions of people’s lives, for for all time.

He Must Go

There is no sacrifice that could have satisfied the wrath of God except the life of the Holy Son of God, Jesus Christ.  His perfect, sinless life was the only way that we could be reconciled back to God.  Jesus came to give His own life as a ransom for those who would trust in Him (Mark 10:45).  Near the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He began to speak of His suffering, death, and resurrection, but the apostles were afraid to ask Him about it (Mark 9:32), even though Jesus plainly said, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise” (Mark 9:31). How clear that is, but they didn’t expect the Messiah to finally come to save Israel and then have to suffer and die, but “From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised” (Matt 16:21). The Apostle Paul reminds us that we are not saved by works (Eph 2:8-9), while the Apostle Peter says we aren’t redeemed by material possessions, but only “with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Pet 1:19). At the time, the disciples didn’t realize that crucifying the sinless Son of God was their (and our) only hope.  Only later did they understand (Acts 2:14-47).  At least Jesus gave the disciples hope, telling them, “Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19).

We’ll Be Raised

Since Jesus has been raised from the dead, so shall we be.  If Jesus had not been raised from the dead, we’d die and remain in our sins, “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead” (1 Cor 15:20-21).  After Lazarus had been dead for four days, Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this” (John 11:25-26)? God has resurrection power in His Word, as “God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power” (1 Cor 16:14). The gospel of Jesus Christ must contain all three essentials; the sinless life, suffering and death on the cross, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3-4). And it wasn’t just to the Apostle Peter that He appeared to, but “he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.  Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me” (1 Cor 15:6-8).  Scriptures foretold His sinless life, His suffering and death on the cross, and His resurrection after the third day.  It was all in accordance to Scripture, and all in accordance to God’s sovereign redemptive plan.  Jesus was not a victim of circumstances, but as He said, “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father” (John 10:18).

He’s Not Here!

One of the greatest verses in the Bible, and one which brings the greatest of news, is found in Matthew 28:6 where the angel told the women, “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” After the women had looked into the empty tomb, “they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples” (Matt 28:8). Mark records the event as the angel saying to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him” (Mark 16:6). Even Luke the Physician wrote, “He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise” (Luke 24:6-7). The Scriptures and Christ Himself declared, “that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead” (Luke 24:46), and that’s exactly what happened.

The Sinless Savior

The wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23), but since Jesus never sinned, the grave couldn’t hold Him.  The Scriptures say “God raised him up, having loosed the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it” (Acts 2:24).  The Roman soldiers “came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.  But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water” (John 19:33-4), so Jesus was officially declared dead by the Roman soldiers.  The greatest travesty of justice that has ever occurred in human history occurred at the cross.  Not only had Pontius Pilate declared Jesus innocent, even the thief on the cross knew that Christ “has done nothing wrong” (Luke 23:41b), however the religious leaders thought they had put an end to Jesus and His ministry, but it had just the opposite effect. 

Conclusion

His sinless life, death, and resurrection changed human the world and it changed history, into His-story.  Many of those who were formerly the sons and daughters of disobedience were born again and became the children of God.  Maybe we don’t have to think that far back in time to remember when we “once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience” (Eph 2:2), however, “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Eph 2:4-5). I pray you have been saved, otherwise you will die in your sins and have the wrath of God abiding on you forever. Please put your trust in Christ right now, at this very moment (if not already).

Pastor Jack, Heritage Church, Udall, KS.

5 Bible Facts To Defend The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ

Christians talk about Jesus being raised from the dead, but is there really any factual or historical evidence for it?

The Gospel

What is the gospel?  After John was put in prison, Jesus came, saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15), so the gospel includes repenting of our sins and believing the gospel.  In essence, it’s putting our trust in the Savior.  Sharing the gospel message is most urgently needed in these days leading up to Christ’s second coming.  Who knows?  There may not be much time left, so that’s why sharing Christ is vitally important. 

Of Vital Importance

The Apostle Paul says the gospel is “of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep” (1 Cor 15:3-6). Paul includes in the gospel; Jesus’ life, death, burial and resurrection on the third day.   It is those who believe this message who will be saved, for that belief includes believing  that Jesus came to die and give His life as a ransom for them and others (Mark 10:45).

Eye Witnesses

The Jewish historian Josephus, who was not a Christian, still recognized Christianity as a major force in the first century.  He recorded the fact that there were several hundred eye witnesses who say that they saw Jesus before and after His crucifixion, death, and resurrection.  The Apostle Paul said the same thing in writing, “I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3-4).  That is the gospel of Jesus Christ.   Not only had Jesus “appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep” (1 Cor 13:5-6).  That’s several hundred very reputable eye witnesses there that are listed here!

Historical Facts

But Paul’s not done yet because he says about the resurrected Christ, “Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.  Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me” (1 Cor 13:7-8).  Paul is staking his very reputation by saying he had seen the resurrected Christ, and it’s highly likely that Paul had seen Jesus before Calvary too.  The Apostle Paul and that list of eye witnesses lend enormous validity to the testimony that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead.  Can you imagine Peter, Paul, James, and over 500 other eye witnesses all lying, and for something that wasn’t true?  Josephus believed in Jesus’ existence, and he wrote, “At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus.  And his conduct was good, and he was known to be virtuous.  And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them after his crucifixion and that he was alive; accordingly, he was perhaps the Messiah concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders.” [1]

Dying for their Faith

Most people would live for a lie, but few would die for one, so the death of the apostles by being martyred for their faith is evidence that they believed in Jesus’ resurrection and the gospel was no lie.   And why wouldn’t they?  They were eye witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection.   If they knew it was a lie, then why would they suffer and die for it?  It doesn’t make sense.  The Twelve Apostles were either crucified, beheaded, tortured, stoned to death or hacked to death, so we ask again, would people live, suffer, and die for something they knew was a lie?  Especially dying such horrendous deaths?   I wouldn’t.  Would you?

Tangible Evidence

It’s been said that there is enough evidence for the resurrection that it could be proven in a court of law.  To begin with, there are dozens of written testimonies that declare Jesus’ existence as a tangible fact.  The Apostle John wrote, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us” (1 John 1:1-3).  Notice three things here:  John heard the message of Jesus with his own ears; John saw the miracles with his own eyes; and John touched the very God-Man Jesus Christ with his own hands, meaning He was like other men in form here on earth and was a fact of history.  John testifies to what he heard, saw, and felt, and all three of those evidences are conclusive. 

Conclusion

After Jesus’ resurrection, Luke the Physician says that Jesus “presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3), so Jesus was around for well over a month after His resurrection.  Surely there were hundreds of others who saw Him during that time. For more reading on evidence of Jesus’ resurrection, see Luke 24:15-24, Act 2:31-32, 9:3, 17, I Cor 15:4-8, 2 Pet 1:16-21, and John 3:2, 15:27.  If God has never brought you to repentance and faith in Christ, I plead with you to put your trust in the Savior and do so before you die (Heb 9:27), making today as the best day of salvation for you (2 Cor 6:2).  That’s because tomorrow may not come with a chance of repentance and faith in Christ (Heb 9:27).  Trust Him today, while there’s yet time. That is my prayer for you, from Pastor Jack.

1  Arabic summary, presumably of Antiquities 18.63. From Agapios’ Kitab al-‘Unwan (“Book of the Title,” 10th c.).  See also James H. Charlesworth, Jesus Within Judaism.

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113 N Church St
Udall, KS 67146

We are an Evangelical Free Church in Udall, KS. Our focus is to join together in fellowship for study, worship, and teaching, in pursuit of living a life in Jesus Christ.

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