Taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8, NKJV)
The establishment of Christianity is the most significant fact in the whole history of the world. And it happened so strangely!
A handful of people who had been discouraged and broken-hearted were suddenly transformed. They went about telling people that they had seen their dead friend walking, talking, and glorious.
These witnesses voluntarily encountered recurring danger. They undertook tremendous labours, sustaining reproach, suffering, and frequently, martyrdom. They had no certain end in life except for ridicule. All for the sake of a dead man whom they claimed was now alive. This strange story has changed the course of history, revolutionised the way we live, and changed millions of lives for the better.
The reserve in the resurrection accounts in Scripture is very striking. If I had been writing them, I would have had the risen Christ drop in on Pilate one dark night, and Herod on another. But there is no such spectacular stuff in the Gospel record. So factual is the record, that it says that on one occasion when Jesus appeared, there were some who doubted it was he (Mt 28:17).
However, there is another evidence open to all – that of experience. “Taste and see.” Throughout the ages, millions of transformed lives have testified to Christ’s resurrection power. This power is now available to all who will believe.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Have you met the risen Jesus? Millions have, what about you? With sincerity of heart, ask the risen Lord to reveal himself to you, and he will.
Article supplied with thanks to Dr Eliezer Gonzalez.