Pastor’s Pen – April 2016

In 1887, twenty-two years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, his coffin was dug up and opened because there were constant rumours that his body was not in the grave. So they dug it up and sure enough the body was there. The rumours however continued, so 14 years later they had to dig it up again. Both times witnesses were present who testified that Lincoln was still in the grave.

Three days after the death of Jesus Christ, similar rumours began to spread around in Israel. Only this time there were no witnesses who could say that they had seen His body. In fact, to the contrary, many witnesses claimed to have seen him out of His grave and even talked with Him after the resurrection.

As great a man as Lincoln was there were witnesses to prove he was still in the grave. If any world leader were to cry out today to Lincoln for help, there would be no response. If a scientist were to cry out today to Einstein for help, there would only be empty silence. If someone were to call out to Mohammed or Buddha or Gandhi today, there would be no help. But if you and I call out to Jesus Christ there is instant power available to us; power to change lives. Why? Because Jesus is alive!


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