You probably know someone just like Joe. I spotted Joe in a coffee shop today as I was finishing my talk for this weekend (preparing it, not giving it!). I have seen Joe around from time to time and we have gotten to be good acquaintances, if not friends. Joe is not a follower of Jesus (yet! – ya know I’m praying for you Joe!) but often asks me what I am going to speak about on the weekends. I told him this weekend’s topic – the resurrection of Jesus. Here’s what he said that pinned me to my chair:
You know, that is the one thing that trips me up. I can find it so easy to dismiss so many Christians as nuts… Jesus as a really good man who was made into a whole lot more than even HE claimed to be… all of Christianity as one big CRUSADE to win more people… but I can’t get by that resurrection thing. Either Jesus did or he didn’t. If he didn’t, a whole lot of people are really messed up about something that should be pretty easy to prove… and if he DID? I don’t know what to think!
If you are a Jesus follower, hear Joe. The guy we follow ROSE FROM THE DEAD. Pretty impressive resume. Its the ONE THING that your neighbor, your mother, your boyfriend, or your assistant can’t get by… they have to deal with it. Did He or not? It’s the question that will split the ages, and one you have to help them navigate.