The Resurrection – Why We Believe

FTI ResurrectionJesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.
Do you believe this?”

She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

John 11:25-27

Jesus made a lot of bold statements and this one is pretty big. It came out of a  conversation He had with Martha after telling her He would raise her brother Lazarus (who had been dead four days) back to life.

Why did she say yes? What made her believe that this was no ordinary man but, rather, “the Son of God?”

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

She knew Jesus. He was a close friend of the family. She had spent enough time in His presence to know He was different and His claims were for real. This is evident because  she declared her faith in Jesus before He raised Lazarus from the dead.

And it’s this kind of personal experience that leads us to faith in Christ as well. For me, the transformation I saw in myself after I made the decision to follow Christ was pretty dramatic. And, even though I have not been perfect in this journey of faith, I can testify that He has been perfectly faithful to me.

POWER OF THE EMPTY TOMB

There have been a lot of people who have gone to great lengths to refute the scriptural accounts of Jesus’ resurrection. But, in their attempts to cover up the empty tomb, they have unwittingly exposed the emptiness of their own argument.

Because the truth is, this one event is not the only proof of Jesus’ power.

If you’re going take a hammer to the gospels and drive a nail through the heart of the resurrection story, this cornerstone of all Christian belief, you cannot forget to include a rebuttal for all those other miracles Jesus did.

You may call God a liar but try telling that to all those other people He healed, especially the ones He raised to life -

Like Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8: 40-42, 49-56),
or the only son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-15),
or Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha (John 11).

Try convincing the original disciples and the thousands of converts to the early church including that killer of Christ followers turned follower of Christ himself, the apostle Paul.

You can deny historical records along with the testimonies of saints past and present and mock all you want. But it’s hard to dismiss the fact that so many people who walked with Jesus were willing to die a martyrs death.

PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION

This may be the most compelling proof of the resurrection, because I sincerely doubt that those who were eye-witnesses to these events would die for a mere man whose claims to be God had never been verified. They had to have been 100% convinced.

And we are further evidence. You and I and every single person who has ever encountered the living Christ and answered “Yes” when asked, “Do you believe this?”

And why do we believe in Jesus?

Because He is still emptying tombs.

Capable of raising to life whatever is dead or dying in us.

Resurrecting hope.

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Are you searching for a reason to believe? You might want to read this article:

Evidence For The Resurrection by Josh McDowell

Are you already a believer but going through a struggle of some kind? Maybe you need a reminder that Jesus suffered too, and He rose from the grave to let you know He has the power to lift you out of whatever depths you find yourself in today.

Let this song encourage you. Let it be your prayer.

And may this be your most blessed and joyful Easter ever!

DO YOU BELIEVE?

My Top Five Favorite Inspirational Easter Songs

Easter is right around the corner so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite tunes for this holiday.

Here’s my TOP FIVE FAVORITE Inspirational Easter Songs (in no particular order):

I love both the Keith Green version as well as the original performed by the group 2nd Chapter of Acts. But could not find a very good version of the latter so here you go…Keith Green singing, The Easter Song!

I think Dolly does a great rendition of this Don Francisco classic, He’s Alive!

How could I leave out one of the most popular inspirational hits of all time? Here’s Dallas Holm singing, Rise Again!

This is another gem by Keith Green. The record is great, but seeing a live performance from back in the day is a treat. Enjoy listening to The Victor!

Finally, this Matt Papa tune reminds us why the Easter message is so important and challenges those of us who say we believe Jesus is alive, to live like it. Take a moment and be blessed by This Changes Everything!

And, here’s an added bonus for your weekend…a free download from Noisetrade of The Easter EP by Matt Papa with the above song plus others!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE EASTER SONG?

A Blessing For The Believing

The blinds on the windows are closed today, Nothing much to look at. Just gray skies. A bit of rain. Downright gloomy, you might say.

But I just heard those birds chirping. Seems they decided to sing anyway, to act like it’s spring even when it doesn’t look or feel like it.

FTI Blessed Believers

And it makes me curious. So I peek out, searching in vain for the winged creatures that defy gravity and, at least on this day, common sense.

I cannot see them, but the sound of them lets me know that all is well.

And I imagine the days following Jesus’ ascension into heaven when His followers were waiting behind closed doors, windows shut tight, hearts clinging to invisible hope.

Suddenly, the promised Comforter, The Holy Ghost, God’s Spirit, came upon them, overwhelming their dark with the light of a new day.

But they did not see Him. The first sign of His presence was a sound. The sound of “a mighty rushing wind.”

And the first sign of our faith is the sound of our praise, the songs we sing to God even on dark days.

Listen. Jesus is speaking. His promise still whispers from the holy pages.

“Blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

Blessed are those who put their trust in God, who hope in things unseen, even when it makes no human sense.

Blessed are the believing.

The sun is beginning to drip from the cloud-soaked sky. Can you hear it?

It is the sound of gloom lifting and doubt falling, making way for spring, the joy of a new day dawning.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2

Heavenly Father,
When life makes it difficult to see you,
let us hear you. May we be assured that you are
bringing something beautiful our way, even
when it doesn’t look or feel like it.
A new day is about to dawn.
Help us to believe.

For When You Really Just Want To Run and Hide

Cross and Verse Hiding Place

On days when the enemy looms large

and you’re feeling small;

when it seems as if just staying alive

will take every last ounce of strength you have,

DON’T GIVE UP!

Keep moving.

Keep believing.

Because Jesus has made a way of escape.

Through a cross of wood, cut out of a tree,

He carved out hope.

And when it came to securing our freedom,

He left no stone unturned.

Now, the talons of fear cannot touch us

because the enemy has been defeated.

And we rest in the heart of the One who is our shelter.

Our safe haven.

Our salvation.

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The video below isn’t so much about faith, but it inspired me to write this post.

Let me know if it inspires you too.

While You’re Waiting

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
Lamentations 3:35

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This song has been playing in my head today. It’s music for the hurting yet hopeful. An anthem for the waiting.

If that sounds like you, then you’re in good company. The Bible is full of stories of people who found themselves in that same scary place, straining their eyes in the pitch black, searching for God in the silence.

You can read the accounts of Noah and Moses and David and Job, who could be the poster boy of waiting, right on through to John the Baptist and Jesus himself.

And, at the end of the day, you’ll find a common theme. God is busy, even while we wait, working all things for our good. Because He is good.

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Psalm 27:14

I hope you’ll be blessed as you listen to this song, While I’m Waiting by John Waller.


You might also be encouraged by this powerful interview of John Waller talking about the writing of that song and his deliverance from depression.

What lessons have you learned from times of waiting in your life? Please share in the comments. You never know who might be inspired by your words.