Many Infallible Proofs

 The message today is entitled “Many Infallible Proofs” and it is a message of encouragement.  I would like to prove, without any shadow of doubt, that Jesus Christ is risen and Alive Today.   He is Risen.  He is Alive.  He Lives.  And this One Fact is the foundation of our Christian Faith and the central theme of the Bible.  It is this Truth that gives hope and assurance to every believer.  Luke writes in the first chapter of the Book of Acts that Jesus, Who was tried, tortured and crucified, was seen alive in His Resurrection Body by a multitude of people following His burial.  Luke declares that this Miracle of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is authenticated by many infallible proofs. 

1 ¶  The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

2  Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

3  To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:    

Luke declares here that the Crucified and Buried Christ was raised supernaturally from the dead and was seen by many in His Resurrected and Glorified Body.   And that this Miracle was authenticated by many infallible proofs.  This Day, the Day of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, is without doubt, the most important and significant Day in the History of all Creation.  This Day marks the Day that Believers were (and are) delivered from the powers of darkness and the bondages of sin.  This is the Churches’ Fourth of July.  It is the Day of our Liberation.  It is the Day that guarantees our freedom and “independence” from the control and influence of our enemy, the devil.  Since this is the Day the Church should declare as its declaration of deliverance, don’t you think it natural and fitting that this day should be filled with joy and celebration?  And Praise?  And thanksgiving?  And Worship? 

All four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, record the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.  The Apostle Paul writes of this in I Corinthians chapter 15:

3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

5  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

6  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

7  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

8  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

Of course, in this last verse Paul was speaking about the vision of Jesus he had while he was on the road to Damascus fulfilling a mission to arrest and  imprison those who were believers.  Jesus revealed Himself, supernaturally, to the Apostle and this encounter forever changed the course of history.

 Paul declares in this passage that Jesus was seen by more than five hundred people at one time.  Later on Jesus appeared to Peter and then James and Thomas… but Paul says, “I saw Him with my own eyes, as One born out of due season and I heard Him speak with my own ears.”  Paul would say to us today, “I saw Him, I heard Him… I am an eye witness to this Miracle and I have some Infallible Proofs that He is Alive.” 

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was and is authenticated by many infallible proofs.  Even scientists have declared from their research and studies that the Literal Resurrection of Jesus Christ is unquestionable.  Theologians and educators and philosophers all through the ages have embraced this awesome Truth.  Jesus is Alive.  Now, since this is an established fact, I want to cheer you up and encourage you and give you some hope of the great things that are yet to come. 

Have you ever been discouraged?  Down in the “dumps?”  Stressed out?  Filled with despair?  Hopeless?  Worried and afraid?  Tired of living and afraid of dying?  Do you remember the comic strip character who always had a dark cloud over his head; and that followed him and stayed there wherever he went?  The black cloud of despair and hopelessness.  Whenever it rained it rained only on him.  Whenever lightning struck it struck only him.  Whenever anything bad happened it always happened to him.  Do you remember?  He walked around with the little black cloud hanging over his head all the time.  Everywhere he went.  It’s amazing how many feel  just like that little character.  “That’s me.”   It is you?  I can identify with this little guy.  I have been there myself.   Seemed like every demon of hell was on my case.  But, saints, the FACT that Jesus Christ is Alive and Involved in human affairs is the ONE FACT that can and will deliver us from living under a “black” cloud.  Just to Know that the Lord of Glory is by me, with me and in me is enough to dissipate that black cloud.  To be assured that He Lives is the Great Assurance and Guarantee that we have been delivered from the bad stuff and brought into real life… abundant life… the God Kind of Life.  We do not have to stay “under the cloud. Hallelujah. 

This “same Jesus” the disciples witnessed ascending into the heavens (Acts 1) is now our Advocate, our Deliverer, our Protector and our Friend.  This is a Good Word.  In fact, it is called the Gospel.  And the Gospel is Good News.  We should be encouraged. 

“My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ Blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest thing

But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name

When darkness seems to hide His face

I rest on His unchanging grace

And in every high and stormy gale

My anchor holds within the vale

His oath, His covenant, His Blood

Support me in the whelming flood

When all around my soul gives way

He then, is all my Hope and Stay

When He shall come with trumpet sound

O may I in Him be found

Dressed in His righteousness alone

Faultless to stand before the Throne

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand”

If you are standing on Jesus Christ you are standing on Solid Ground.  When the heavens and the earth are shaken, when things happen that you do not understand, when it seems that the whole world is falling apart and you are coming apart…  If you are standing on Him you will not fall and you will not fail.

“Bro. Dick, I believe what the Bible says about Jesus, but can you give me some infallible proofs today that prove that Jesus is Alive?”  “I have read and I know what the Bible says about the Resurrection then, but what about now?  Today?”  “Do you  have any infallible proofs to present if we were in a court of law and if you were an attorney and if I were a jury, could you PROVE that Jesus is alive?”  Friend, I have my case all prepared.  Are you ready?  I can show you and prove to you, without doubt, and not by circumstantial evidence, but by Fact that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and He is Alive.

I know that Jesus is alive because He still answers Prayer

Let me ask a question. Have you ever in your entire life experienced an Answered Prayer?  Do you personally know of anyone in your acquaintance who has ever had a definite, tangible answer to Prayer?  The fact that you have witnessed answered prayer is an affirmation of the Fact that Jesus is Alive.  Do you think it is worthwhile to Pray?  Do you think it is important to pray?  Do you believe that God controls affairs in heaven and earth and that He responds to sincere Prayer when you pray in Jesus’ Name?  Do you really believe that?  IF you do, the very fact that you believe that God hears and responds to prayer is proof that Jesus is Alive. 

My life has been and continues to be a demonstration of God’s loving care and direction.  He has heard and answered prayer.  This ministry is proof of answered prayer.  The fact that we have not only survived but thrived in spite of lying attacks of the devil, in spite of financial challenges… in spite of being ostracized and criticized…  and being faced with imminent foreclosure… when we were taken advantage of by crooked contractors and lying lawyers and bankers… when we were misunderstood and cut off from our denomination…  God heard and answered.  The Fact that we are HERE is proof that Jesus is alive.  Hallelujah. 

The fact that God heard our cry and provided for us and protected us and prospered us in adverse and impossible situations is proof that Jesus is alive.  When there was no way He made a Way.  He heard the praying of our men in our Saturday Night prayer meetings.  From those times of intimate praying and worshipping, we witnessed the birth of new ministries and mission outreaches. 

He heard our cry when we did not know how to accomplish His Call and His Purpose.  He gave direction and specific instructions as to the manner and means of establishing Church Government that would steer us though troubled waters and pending disasters. 

He heard my prayer for a Place where men and women and young people and children could worship and praise God in freedom and liberty.  He heard my cry for the opportunity to preach a Full Gospel to a people who were hungry to know the Truth.  He answered my prayer and gave us a family of loving individuals who would join hands and show the world, the devil and hell how God can take a little and make a lot out of it. 

We asked for nations and God raised up and called missionaries right out of our small congregation and sent them to foreign soil and they established churches which established more churches which established Bible Schools and Medical Clinics and humanitarian aid organizations and which ordained pastors and teachers and evangelists and prophets and apostles.  Don’t tell me Jesus is not alive.  Don’t tell me God is not Real.  Don’t tell me the Holy Ghost is imaginary….  Don’t tell me The Resurrected Christ is not building His Church…. You are too late with too little.  There is PROOF that He is Alive because of what He does in answer to sincere heart -felt prayer.  I can personally attest to that. And you can see for yourself the concrete evidence of Answered Prayer when you come and see what God has done.  He is Alive. 

I know that Jesus is Alive because He is still doing what He came to do.

He is still healing sick people.

A lifeless Savior cannot do that.  You know of individuals, maybe in your own family, who have been miraculously healed from sickness and disease.  You have witnessed the Healing Power of a Living Lord. 

I remember the times in my family when for years we had no medical insurance.  I have watched in amazement as He, the Healer, cooled the fevered brows of my children at times when they were sick.  I have experienced miraculous healings in my body in times when no doctors were around or no medicines at hand.  When times of flu epidemics and virus invasions and infectious diseases were all around, I saw them stay away from my house.  Because Jesus is the Great Physician.  He heals.  Still.  Just like He did on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  Instead of the “24hour virus” we opted for the 5 second virus.  And that’s about as long as they lasted.  I have seen tumors disappear.  I have witnessed deaf ears opening.  I have seen with my eyes the evidence of Miraculous Healings. 

This is another one of the Infallible Proofs that Jesus is alive.  I was there when Jesus healed in answer to prayer.  We laid hands on the sick and we watched God work in their behalf.  We anointed the sick with oil and called the Elders to pray and experienced the Presence of the Living Lord as He performed healings and deliverances.  How wonderful!   He still heals!  And He heals because He is Alive.

He is still delivering the oppressed. 

An uncaring, lifeless corpse cannot do that.  But a Risen Living Lord Can.  In His Life on earth, Jesus delivered the oppressed and cast out devils. 

I was in a meeting years ago in a Baptist church in Georgia.  We had just become aware of demonic oppression and demonic attacks that paralyze and immobilize individuals.  There was an individual in that community that had remained confined in his home, in a small darkened room, and who could not leave the house because of some kind of “phobia” the psychiatrist had diagnosed.  No treatment nor medicine nor counseling had been successful  in getting help for this case.  They just could not get out of that room.  They could not go to the grocery story.   The drug store.  The Mall.  They were bound.  And miserable.  They could not drive or leave the house.  The pastor of the church where I was preaching told me about this individual.  As a result of the recent Revelation God gave me regarding demonic activity, I simply told him this was the work of demons.  Demons. 

Boldly (and with some trepidation) I suggested that we go to that house and “cast out devils.”   I had never done this before.  I was not sure how to do it.  I only knew that the Bible said that Jesus did it and that we could do “even mightier works” if we would only believe.   We went to that house and confronted the demons head on.  We laid hands on the one possessed and oppressed.  We spoke to the demons.   We commanded the demons.  We resisted the demons.  We cast the demons out.  It was not a very pretty sight, but the poor oppressed individual experienced a transformation right before our eyes.  Light came in and Life was restored.  The demons left… reluctantly, but they left.  When they left so did the “phobia.”  And deliverance came.  That very evening, the person who was so bound and who had not been out of the house or off the property for years came to the evening preaching service and gave a powerful testimony of the delivering power of a LIVING LORD.  What Jesus did He still does.  And this is just another Infallible Proof that He is Alive.  Hallelujah. 

He is still making the Impossible Possible.  

Have you ever been faced with a hopeless and impossible situation?  A situation that absolutely could not be resolved by any human effort?  A place so hard that it would take a miracle for deliverance?    Jesus, the Resurrected Living Lord is Expert in making the impossible possible.  He did it then and He still does it today. 

I have been guilty of trying to fix things that could not be fixed.  I have been guilty of trying to figure a way out when there was no way out.  Jesus is Alive and is the Miracle Worker of all Miracle Workers.  When I read about the things He did in the New Testament that were impossible, it brings encouragement and hope to me.  He walked on the water.  He calmed the storm.  He stopped funeral processions and raised the dead who on the way to the graveyard.  He fed thousands and thousands with a few fish and a few loaves of bread.  He changed water in wine.  He opened blind eyes and unstopped deaf ears.  He forgave sinners.  He preached with power and brought Dead Organized Religion to its knees.  He is still making the impossible possible.  We have personally stepped out on nothing and watched as He turned Nothing into Something. 

In the times this ministry needed a miracle, the Miracle Worker was always there.  He caused an attorney to stand up and  prophesy a positive, delivering Word to me by the Holy Spirit   while I was in the presence of lawyers and bankers as they made arrangements to foreclose on our buildings and property.  It was a positive prophetic Word given in the mahogany paneled board room at a local bank and it came directly from Heaven from the Risen Living Lord personally to me.  Awesome.  Startling (especially to the CPAs, attorneys and bankers present) but so powerful that they could do nothing but give me another chance… and then God came through and delivered us from imminent foreclosure to the place where are  today.  Debt free.  From the burdens of millions and millions of dollars.  The fact that Jesus is still making the impossible possible is another infallible proof that He is Alive. 

Many, many times when challenges greater than our resources were set before us, God came through and met every need. 

He turned an apparent tragedy into a triumph when a dog my little boys loved got hit by a speeding automobile.    A beautiful German Shepherd named “Prince,” was a loving companion to my small boys but one day, in the presence of the boys, he was crushed under the wheels of a passing car.  They cried and called for me to come and get him off the road where he lay.  When I arrived, the sight was not pretty.  He was bloody, his legs were askew and he was lifeless.  As the boys stood by me I told them I would have to take Prince to the back yard and bury him.  Then one of the kids said “Daddy, why don’t you pray for him?”  An impossible situation.  How can I do this?  What will I tell them when I have to put Prince in the ground?  But I did.  I prayed.  But they had much more faith than I did.  I took the lifeless body and put it on the porch right by the front door and told the boys to go inside and get ready for bed (this happened late in the day).  I planned on burying Prince when the kids were asleep.  When they were all tucked in for the night I reluctantly went back to the porch where Prince lay.  Do you know, when I opened the door that dead dog jumped straight up and walked over to me and began licking my hand.  I was startled.  Dumbfounded.  And overwhelmed at the power of prayers prayed by little boys.  I ran inside, got them to come and see the Miracle of Prince.  And the ONE who makes the Impossible Possible proved once again with another Infallible Proof that HE is ALIVE.  

He is still repairing broken homes. 

He is putting marriages back together again.  He is making homes that were hell into homes that are heaven.  This is another infallible proof that Jesus is alive.  Remember the story of the Woman Jesus met at the well in Samaria?  Do you remember the things He told her about her personal life and her family situation?  Do you recall that He offered this distraught, broken and abused woman Living Water?  Water that would continue springing up inside that would forever quench a thirsting soul?  Water that would produce everlasting life?  And she asked to drink from this well of living water.  Jesus healed a broken and abused woman suffering from shattered and shallow relationships.  He still is in the Home Repair Business. 

Over the wonderful years I have been privileged to preach and teach and pastor, I have personally witnessed, time and time again, as Jesus came into hearts and homes and turned hopeless family problems into little heavens.  Where husband and wife really love each other and children respect and honor their parents. 

I was sitting at my desk one day  years ago and was speaking with a pouting, hate-filled husband and wife as they gave their marriage one last chance by agreeing to come into my office for counseling.  I listened to their accusations against each other.  I heard their complaints and criticisms.  I really wondered if this marriage could really be fixed.  God came into the room with us.  The atmosphere changed from North Pole frigid to tropical warm and cozy.  The icy remarks they were making trailed off.  Their smirks turned into soft smiles.  Their eyes locked on to each other and the tears began to pour.  Hallelujah.  The Home Repair Service was at work in front of my eyes.  Jesus moved in their hearts.  They renewed their commitment to Christ and then pledged themselves again and renewed their vows right there in my office.  They embraced.  Kissed.  Smooched.  I was almost embarrassed.  They hurried away to be alone and Once Again enjoy the remarkable remaking of their marriage and home.   Don’t tell me He’s not Alive… Only a Living Savior can perform such a miracle as this and this is another Infallible Proof that Jesus is Alive. 

I remember a  man who was unfaithful to his wife and not too ashamed about it.  And I remember a man who’s little girl crawled into his lap and asked; “Daddy does Jesus live in your heart?”   I remember the brokenness that resulted and the powerful conversion that followed.  I saw a shattered relationship totally healed by the question of a loving little girl and the work of a Savior Who loved even more.  A home emerged.  A strong home.  A home and marriage that today glorifies God was restored by a Risen and Living Lord.  Just another proof. 

An older man came one day to our Sunday morning service.  He wept through it all.  At the conclusion of the message he came and knelt on the floor in front of me and  with a broken and contrite heart asked Jesus to forgive him and come into his life.  He was gloriously saved by the power of God.  He became one of our most faithful members.   He was so broken and humble.  One day he told me that he had left His wife and they had been separated for many years.  His children had grown up and he was sort of an outcast.  He longed for his family to be together again, but, he said, it will take a miracle.  He got involved in the church.  He visited the lost.  His witnessing technique was unorthodox, but very effective.  Many Saturdays I would see him walking down the street from where he parked his car and knocking on the door of each house on the block.  When the man or woman of the house answered his knock, he would take off his hat, hold it in his hand and say “Maim, could I tell please you what Jesus did for me?“ Then he would share his testimony.  I don’t know how many people were saved as a result of his compassion.  But many did. 

He became the driver of our bus and brought loads of children to church each Sunday.  He would visit their homes on Saturday and line them up for the ride to church the next day.  One  home had a drinking father who was careless and abusive.  But this did not deter Bro. John from giving his testimony and inviting him and his children to come to church.   That man was Born Again one Sunday because of Bro. John.  And the once drunken daddy later became a fired up Pentecostal preacher and pastor. 

Then one special  Lord’s Day, Bro. John experienced another miracle.  His wife of years past looked him up, got together with him and they came to church together.  A few days later, they stood in front of me and renewed their marriage vows.  John’s Miracle had come to pass. And then… his children came back and began attending church with mother and daddy.   

Jesus, the Living Lord and healed another broken home and home had become heaven.  I preached John’s funeral a few years back and was able to tell his story to those present.  His witness still lives and this happens to be just another Infallible Proof that Jesus is Alive.

He is still giving purpose and direction to confused lives.

 It is just amazing to see how this Living Jesus is invading the lives of those who have no purpose or direction and transforming them into great testimonies of His Power.  I know of individuals whose lives were misdirected and wasted who are now living productive lives that are a testimony of God’s Power.  Remember how He saw a little man in a tree whose life was hated because he collected tax money?  The little man nobody had anything to do with spent the evening with Jesus and was changed forever. 

This is not to mention the fishermen brothers who came under the electrifying influence of this Man and who forever changed the course of history because they left their nets and followed Him.  And what about the countless others who were contemporary with Him, who loved Him and followed Him?  They stepped out of lives with no lasting purpose, no real direction and connected with Real Life and were foundational in the establishment of the Kingdom of God on planet earth.  That was then but look what is happening in the now. 

 Our very first missionaries were the most unlikely candidates for mission work anyone could imagine.  One was a former bar tender and beer hall partner plying her trade on the lower streets of our city.  She got Born Again.  And then began to preach on the very street she formerly sold booze on.  She paired up with an educated lady from New Jersey (with a master’s in social work) whose life was a wreck.   She often testified that she felt emotionally and spiritually as if she had been hit by a Mack Truck.  Her husband abandoned her.  Her relatives turned against her.  Her children were taken from her.  She was a basket case.  But she was Called.  And God put her back together again and what she became was much better than what she was.  (Doesn’t God always make things better than they were before they were broken?)

These two African American Women from a predominately White church with a White pastor obeyed the call of God and went to West Africa as missionaries.  Their pioneer work has exploded into multiple churches in four African Countries, many Bible Schools and thousands of converts.  Just another proof.  This Living Lord is giving direction and purpose to lives and producing awesome results for the Kingdom of God.  Another infallible proof.  Jesus is Alive. 

People everywhere need to have a purpose for living.  They need to have a reason for their existence.  They need divine direction for their lives.  Otherwise it becomes an aimless meandering and struggle through life and that kind of living is filled with misery and failure and disappointment and despair.  God has a plan for you.  God has a Purpose for you.  God has Direction for your life.  And you will never have lasting peace until and unless you turn loose of yourself and take hold of Him.  This is the only way you will ever fit into God’s Plan for your life.   

I knew a fine young couple many years ago who had everything most people would want to insure their happiness.  They both had college degrees.  The  wife held a Master’s in counseling.  He was in a management position and climbing the corporate ladder in a local international chemical corporation.  They were prompted by the Holy Spirit to seek something Higher and Nobler.  After many months of faithfully attending the church and serving in many leadership positions and loving the Word, they came to me and said, “Preacher, we are tired of just burping on all this good Word Food we need to really get on with the Call God has placed on our lives…we need to begin giving out what God has put in….” 

And they did.  They sold a beautiful contemporary home in an affluent neighborhood, they resigned their professional positions and sold all their goods.  They came to me and said “we are ready to go.”  They sailed to Australia and began supporting local ministries there… (living primarily off their savings since we had no mission funds to support them at that time) and from there they began laboring in mission endeavors in the Pacific.  Their influence has been (and still is) awesome in the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people, both young and old.  They connected with Youth With a Mission and taught and worked in the University of Nations in Kona, Hawaii.  God blessed them in abundance, both materially and spiritually.  And they got lasting relief from their spiritual Indigestion by losing their lives and finding Real Life.  Just another Infallible Proof that Jesus is Alive. 

He is still saving souls. 

He is today saving those who are lost.  He did in the past and He is doing it today.  The Day of Grace is NOW.  It has never passed.  We are blessed to be living in the Age of Grace.  When you go fishing you go fishing to catch fish.  When you go hunting, you go hunting to get game.  When I stand up to preach I preach to reach those who are lost.   That is the main purpose of the Gospel of Christ.  That is the main purpose of the Body of Christ.  That is the One Thing dearest to the Heart of God.  He loves.  He loves with a love that we as mortal beings cannot fully fathom.  He loves you.  He loves me.  He loves the world.  He died in order to save us from the penalty and curse of sin….

I remember one service in particular when there was a strong move of the Holy Spirit.  There was a Presence that permeated the atmosphere and we all “felt” it.  After preaching, I gave an invitation for salvation.  A young lady came forward and indicated to me that she wanted to change her life.  She told me that she had never been in any of our services in the past but that she came on this day to get her life in line with the Will and Purpose of God.  I began to ask her some questions (as I usually do) “’are you a Christian?”  “No, sir, I am not…”  So I just led her in a very simple prayer that all of us who are Born Again have prayed at one time or another.. .  “Dear Lord, I am a sinner and I am sorry for my sins… I ask you, Lord, to come into my heart and save me today… I really believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God , the Messiah, and that He died on the cross to cleanse me from my sin… I give you my heart right now….thank you Jesus for saving me today…”  

Just as she was praying this simple prayer, those of us who were ministering to her, saw a visible and literal change come over her face.  Her entire countenance began to light up… in the middle of her tears a sigh of relief came and then a look of total and complete peace.  I really thought she was going to go straight up from where she was standing!   We actually SAW the peace of God come into her heart as she received Jesus into heart.  Right in front of me and the entire congregation.  What a miracle.

 A few days later she phoned me and explained to me that she had found her Messiah.  I did not know at the time she was praying that she was Jewish.  An Israelite.  That ONE race so near and dear to the heart of God.  Can you believe this?  Here we are just a small country church way out here in the boonies, no bill board advertising, no TV commercials, no ads in the paper… just out here.   And then a wandering, seeking, hungry Jewish girl finds us and finds Him.    No wonder she was radiant… Jesus is still saving souls.  Another infallible Proof that He is Alive. 

Because the Gospel is a “whosoever” Gospel, we are driven to seek the lost, whoever they are and wherever they may be.

It was a great privilege of ours to go into Russia shortly following the collapse of Communism.  I have never seen so many hungry souls in my life.  Hundreds.  Thousands.  We held evangelistic meetings in large Cultural Halls that would seat two or three thousand.  I saw those Gospel Hungry and God Hungry persecuted poor people line up two and three hours before we opened the doors.  Our teams would distribute New Testaments printed in the Russian Language and there would almost be a spiritual riot as they rushed to receive their free Bible.   The buildings would be filled to standing room only.  They would patiently listen to us as we struggled to preach the simple Gospel through an interpreter… and then we would watch every single individual in the entire building come to the altar at Invitation Time to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.   As we witnessed this notable work of the Holy Spirit, we were reminded once again.  Jesus is Alive… and Well.  He still saves the lost.  Another infallible proof that He is Alive. 

His Word is still Powerful.    

Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Are you aware that everything that you see on earth and in the heavens is literally “held together” by His Word?  His Word “upholds” all things.  That term “upholds” means that the Word of God keeps things from falling apart.  It is the Cohesive Element of all Creation.  And it is by the Power of the Word of God that everything consists.

Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

The Word has power to get you right.  The Word has power to keep you right.  The Word has power to solve every problem and meet every need.  God’s Word is alive and full of power.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Some years ago I chaperoned (along with some other parents) a bus load of fourth graders from our school as we traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to tour, among other educational sites, a planetarium. Inside the huge blacked out dome a strange projector was stationed in the center of the auditorium.  We sat in seats that allowed us to get a panoramic view of the ceiling…. Sort of like lounge chairs.  The place was darkened and the projector was turned on and on the domed ceiling we saw a representation of the starry sky.  You could make out the big dipper and the little dipper and many other constellations I had never seen nor been aware of. 

The guide explained about the position of the stars and the seasons and times.  I had never seen so many little dots of light in my life.  When I saw such a display of mass and distance and such an array of stars and galaxies and milky ways…. Chills began to run up my spine.  Do you mean to tell me that God made all these stars and planets and galaxies?  Did He actually do all this?  And then did He give man the intelligence and expertise to design and build a place like this that can duplicate in detail the creative Genius and creative Power of Almighty God?  And then the guide began to change the display and simulated us traveling on a speeding rocket ship as it traveled at warp speed through the mass of stars… and then there were more stars and more stars and more galaxies and more galaxies and more milky ways…. The further we went the more we saw.  Tears came.  Awesome.  Almost unbelievable.  And then I came to realize that all of THIS was created… came into being… by and through the Spoken Word of God…. “Let there be….”  And it was.

The Word has more power than death.  Than disease.  Than disaster.  Than the devil.  Than demons.  Than facts.  The Word is a First Order Force.  All things are subordinate to the Word of God… because the Word of God is Alive and Full of Power.

We took our boys to the creek one day for a special time to picnic and wade in the clear cold water.  We took a large watermelon and dropped it in a small eddy of swirling cold creek water.   Pat had put together some sandwiches and snacks… we were planning on a great family time together.  Once there, all unloaded, with everything in place, we heard a distant rumble.  On the horizon a very dark and intimidating cloud began to build and then flashes of lightning could be seen in the distance.  My little boys were so disappointed.  We had looked forward to this special time together.  As I prepared to pack things up and head back to the car, my smallest (about 4 years old) stood up pointed his little hand toward the ominous storm and said “storm I tell you go away.  Do not come here.  I tell you to leave.  In Jesus’ Name…”  I only wished I had demonstrated that level of faith… but I didn’t.  Probably good that I let him do it instead of me… because he had the faith and I did not.  And it left.  Because of the Word of God out of the mouth of a 4 year old.  Just another infallible proof.  Jesus is Alive. 

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus Lives today

He walks with me and talks with me

Along life’s narrow way

He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart

You ask me how I know He lives,

(and this is the most powerful proof)     

He lives within my heart…..

I present my case to you in the matter of Jesus being Alive Today.  This has been my closing argument.  I have concluded beyond any shadow of  doubt (as should you the jury) that Jesus is Alive.  The tomb is empty.  Death is defeated.  The grave has lost its victory.  Satan has been overcome. 

Let us rejoice for our Savior who was dead is now alive.   And forever more shall He Live.   And those of us who place our faith and trust in Him shall also live and never die. 

The Maker of the Universe

As Man for men became a curse

And the claims of the law that He had made

Unto the uttermost He paid

His Holy Fingers made the bough

That grew the thorns

That crowned His brow

And the nails that pierced His hands

Were mined in secret places He designed

He made the forest from whence there sprung

The tree from which His Body hung

He died upon a Cross of wood

Yet He made the hill on which it stood

The sky that darkened over His head

By Him above the earth was spread

And the sun from Him that hid its face

By His decree was poised in space

Jesus loves you.  Jesus died for you.  Jesus wants you in His Family. 

And He is Alive…. Proven by many infallible proofs.

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