This ran at the Visalia Times-Delta on Friday, March 25th, 2016.
It is Easter.
Blaise Pascal described the zeitgeist in America today very well, “Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.”
Can we please consider the truth even if only for a brief moment? Jesus is described as the mystery of the ages. When He walked this earth the waves and storms obeyed His command. What kind of person has that power? When people realized who He actually was they would worship Him and He accepted it in stride. Who does that?
One passage tells us that if Jesus’ disciples had failed to praise Him that the rocks would cry out. Amazingly, at the actual moment of Christ’s death, there was an earthquake. Do you know how loud it is at the epicenter of an earthquake? The rocks get incredibly loud!
God has given you an intellect and reasoning abilities. God has afforded you the ability of intellectual honesty. You are entirely capable of researching an enigma.
The Bible is 66 separate books written by 40 different authors over a span of about 1500 years, with an amazingly consistent story line. The focal point of all history is the death and resurrection of Jesus. He was seen by over 500 people after His resurrection.
This is germane: even a minimum amount of due diligence on your part regarding this mystery should yield some startling results.
The answers to many of your larger questions come later. But first things first. The objective truth is that Jesus knows everything there is to know about you. It is high time for you to discover a few things about Him. So, don’t be dumber than a rock!
HE IS RISEN! (no trifling matter) Happy Easter!