Mark 9:10 (NIV): “ They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what ‘rising from the dead’ meant.”
I believe there is much evidence for God creating the universe. Evidence is important to me. Part of how I am made is being able to get along with numbers. In fact, I was a mathematics major in college. If things don’t add up, I can usually identify the issue fairly quickly. I’ve recently even been watching Creation Science videos on Right Now Media. They are amazing. They reinforce what I find in Scripture.
In spite of all of the evidence, the age of the earth is controversial. Many people, and many Christians, feel conflicted regarding wanting to believe what science teaches and what is found in the Bible. They can’t both be right, can they?
Well, I have come to the conclusion that most people cannot even begin to understand God’s truth, even the truth found in Genesis, without first coming to faith and belief in the resurrection of Jesus. Why do I say that? Well, I believe that people come to faith in Jesus first, coming to Him as they are, with their sins, to be forgiven. Then, after placing their faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit begins to make us into saints. That is the sanctification process. I therefore believe that it is more important to love our neighbors, all of them, with the love that Jesus has shown me. My neighbors are all sinners. They could be supporters of abortion. They could be involved with the LGBTQ agenda. What makes them sinners, like me, could be any number of things. Still, Jesus died on the cross for them, just like for me.
Jesus proved who He is by rising from the dead. In the verse above, the disciples were confused by His statement concerning “rising from the dead.” Most people in our society haven’t really discussed the ramifications of what Jesus’ resurrection really means. They will choose to ignore it instead of discussing it. However, for those that God has called, the resurrection means life. It means that Jesus is worthy to be our Lord. It means that this life is temporary and that we can embrace the eternal starting now. It means that all of the issues that are going on in our society don’t even come close to the importance of who Jesus is. I believe that the evidence for the resurrection is clear and available to all who seek the truth. May I be an instrument to share the good news with others and focus on what is most important. Jesus is the key. Other truths can come after accepting the primary truth of who Jesus is.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment of sin for me. Thank you that through Him I receive forgiveness. Thank you for the proof of who Jesus is – His rising from the dead. I am amazed. I now submit myself to Jesus being my Lord.