|Holy Land Visit, 2013|
If Jesus' friends had stolen his body, they would have been hunted down, arrested, and charged for the crime.
I am sitting in my last lecture at Bible Study Fellowship as my leader says these words. They make so much sense to me that I struggle to understand how anyone could disagree with them. No intelligent person with any knowledge of historical data could argue with the fact that Jesus Christ was a real, breathing, human being, who lived and walked the streets of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.
And once we acknowledge that fact, how do we explain his resurrection? If this was a story made up by his disciples, why would they risk their lives to spread such an incredible, unbelievable, unimaginable lie? Why would Paul suffer beatings, and shipwreck, and imprisonment? Why would Peter ask to be crucified upside down? Why would Stephen choose to be stoned to death?
If I am one of the millions of Christians duped by an enormous lie, then so be it. But I am convinced, along with Paul, that the only plausible explanation of what happened on that Sunday morning so long ago was the impossible truth that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. No cave could contain him.
And if I believe this astonishing fact, then I must also believe that God has the power to do immeasurably more than all I could ask or imagine.
Imagination is a wonderful thing. What do you imagine for your children? When you close your eyes, what do you dream for them and their future?
Be encouraged. God can do more.