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A living word for a dying world

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Lewie FUGATE

Guest Columnist  

“These things we write unto you, that your joy may be filled.” (I John 1:4)

“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are written in this book: but these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ  The Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through HIs name. (John 20:30-31)

From time to time I have seen or read of some “reputable scholar” declaring that the Bible is only a collection of letters and books that men have selected and then declared to be the Word of God, without any credible evidence or proof that would back such a claim.

The writers of the New Testament events knew that there would be scoffers and unbelievers. They had been warned that they would be persecuted for their testimony, yet they continued to record the things “which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and opur hands have handled, of the Word of Life. (I John 1:1)

John went on to say that the things that they declared were those things that they had actually seen and heard. Practically every work that Jesus did, every sermon He preached, and every miracle that He did was in the company of John, Peter and James.

They were there when He was crucified. They saw where He was buried. For three days and night, they were filled with the deepest despair because it seemed their hopes were completely destroyed.

After three days, things changed forever for all of us! First the report from the women who had gone to the grave at sunrise. Then their own inspection of the empty tomb. The, appearances to various witnesses in various places, until above 500 people had seen the risen Christ.

Who could not write of such an event? What other topic could be more worthy for a man to dedicate his life? Be assured that none of the New Testament writers wrote their books for fame or fortune. Only St. John lived to die of old age. The rest of them died awful deaths as martyrs that we might receive the record of the Savior Jesus Christ.

“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” (I John 5:11)

I also write these things unto you, that your joy may be full. 

 Happy Easter!