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Can It Be True

Having just gone through another Easter Season where Christians the world over celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the question many continue to struggle with is, “can it be true”.


Could Jesus have risen from the dead? In my first writing of this post, I was trying to compare belief in Jesus’ Resurrection with the things of the world that are difficult for me to believe. However, my wife Bonnie told me she didn’t really think these comparisons were worthwhile. This led me to considering a different approach. As I did, I believe she was right. You see, there is nothing that can compare to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Simply because it is beyond compare. Why? Everything about His Resurrection requires us to believe in something we cannot fully comprehend. This leads me to consider, if so many are willingly to accept things they cannot fully comprehend, why not this? Perhaps, it is because nothing throughout history compares to the reality Jesus lived, died, and rose again. One reason it is so difficult to accept Jesus’ sacrifice and subsequent Resurrection could be it is difficult in this self-focused, self-absorbed world to understand how it is possible to be that selfless. Here is where the rub turns personal. Most of us would never die for someone else. This is true because we care more for ourselves than anything or anyone else. I do not write this from a perspective of being immune from this mindset, I suffer from the same disease.

Yet, at this point in life I choose to answer the question “can it be true” with a resounding yes. I do so because the way Jesus lived His entire life was selfless and sacrificial and that is as difficult for me to believe as Him rising from the dead. I know who I am, and I know I am as self-absorb as anyone. But at this point in my life, I am self-aware enough to admit this is true. To believe Jesus rose from the dead requires faith, and faith requires us to believe in something we cannot see and to hope in something we cannot understand. This is a choice each of us must make for ourselves. I am just thankful we have been given the opportunity to make it. “Can it be true”? Did Jesus rise from the dead? I have given my opinion.


You must decide that answer for yourself. In a world where so many things being done and said are being heralded as true, the Resurrection of Jesus does not seem that preposterous to me.

My prayer today is you will take the time to consider your life and the miracle of living

and ask yourself, “can it be true”? Can Jesus be alive today and be waiting and wanting to have a relationship with you? The answer is an unequivocal YES.


Now, the choice to accept the truth of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is up to you. I pray you will choose to believe it is true!


Happy Easter (Resurrection Day)!


Mark 16:6, “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him”.



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