Published on March 1st, 2005 | by Tony Felich0
Pastor’s Corner March 2005
The following was published in our monthly newsletter, the Redeemer Report.
I remember a missionary visitor at Moody telling of a Muslim who became a Christian in Africa. Some of his friends asked him, “Why have you become a Christian?” He answered, “Well, its like this. Suppose you were going down the road and suddenly the road forked in two directions, and you didn’t know which way to go, and there at the fork in the road were two men, one dead and one alive–which one would you ask which way to go?'”
We live in a world with all sorts of religious and spiritual claims. Many say they have connected with the meaning of life. In history, there have been many founders of numerous faiths and religions. At this moment, we are on a planet with a vast diversity of beliefs concerning life and death and the meaning of it all. What is more confusing is that people who claim to hold to one set of beliefs will make statements that seem to validate other sets of beliefs…almost to say it doesn’t matter what you believe. This vast debate about the meaning of life and what is true boils down to a simple reality- there is only One who lived a perfect life, died a substitutionary death for His people, rose again, and still lives today. There are no others who fit this description.
Consider all the teachers or founders of religion the world has witnessed- Zoroaster, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Mary Baker Eddy, L. Ron Hubbard, and others. Interesting people for sure, very inventive, many followers, but one major problem- They all died! They’re still dead! What profitable advice can I really acquire from someone who died and no longer speaks? Death is the great enemy of man. What can dead people tell us about defeating such a foe?
This is not a problem for our living Lord- Jesus Christ. After dying on the cross for our salvation, he rose again. His work was not over at the resurrection. The writer of Hebrews says, “…After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” He is currently seated at the right hand of God the Father, alive and ruling! More personally- he is interceding for you right now! He is a living Lord, not a bygone historical figure.
As we approach Easter Sunday, let your image of Christ be the exalted one communicated by Scripture. He rose on the third day, ascended in to heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
In the Lamb,
Pastor Tony Felich