A Message From Pastor Zahn
Evidence of the Resurrection
John Stott suggests in his book Basic Christianity, “Perhaps the transformation of the disciples of Jesus is the greatest evidence of all for the resurrection. It was the resurrection which transformed Peter’s fear into courage and James’ doubt into faith. It was the resurrection which changed the Sabbath into the Lord’s Day and the Jewish remnant into the Christian Church. It was the resurrection which changed Saul the Pharisee into Paul the apostle and turned his persecuting into preaching.”
For those who are reading these words who are Christian, Stott’s observation speaks directly to our hearts. Christ’s resurrection is transformational. Jesus’ disciples were never the same. The fearful became fearless as they took seriously the commission to go into the world and preach and proclaim the Good News of Jesus. They knew his resurrection was true. They knew the sins of all were forgiven by Christ. As God’s people we want to make that known and live for him. As I said, the message is transformational.
For those who might not be Christian and are reading these words, I challenge you. No Christian is sinless in this world. As the bumper sticker says, “Christians aren’t perfect; we just know we are forgiven.” Yet I pray that you would see sincerity in the lives of God’s children to be more like Jesus. While we all fail mightily at times, we really do want to do our best to thank him for what he has done for us. If we were holy already, we wouldn’t need his death and resurrection.
All who are reading this are in the same boat; we are sinners. We all need what Jesus came to earn for us – he reconciled us to God. It is a wonderful message we would like to share with you.
Pastor Larry Zahn