27 Nov 2013 by Rev Dr Steven Kau –
Maybe you are thinking, “What a stupid question?” For those who know Jesus as Savior and Lord, that is a stupid question but for those who do not know Him, it isn’t a stupid question to them.
The term “God is Dead” began its popularity in a book called ‘The Gay Science’ by Friedrich Nietzsche. On the cover of Time Magazine, April 8, 1996 edition, the question was asked, “Is God Dead?”
Modern day Joseph Atwill states in his book, ‘Caesar’s Messiah,’ that Jesus was made up by the Romans, specifically Titus Caesar, to appease the rebellious Jews on that day. With the assistance of the historian Josephus, his plan was put into action. That’s the story anyway. I’m sticking to mine.
I’ve noticed the History Channel is coming up with yet another special that will debunk the accuracy of the Bible, at least that’s what they say. Will I be watching it? You betcha! When pigs fly!
Maybe you haven’t noticed it lately but we are in a spiritual war. Actually, we have been for some time but the fierceness of Satan’s attack is increasing as his days grow short. The apostle Paul warned, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12 ESV)."
Jesus is not only real, He is God and He is alive today just waiting for the Father to say, “Now is the time. Go.” Consider the following verses before we go on:
I and the Father are One. (John 10:30)
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM and He said, Thus shall thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM has sent me unto you. (Exodus 3:14)
Then they all said, “Are you then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” And they said, “What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.” (Luke 22:70-71)
We could get angry at those who make every attempt to defame the precious name of our Lord God but maybe we should let Jesus deal with that. Our greatest emotion should be concern for these misguided, satanically inspired lost souls. Their doom is settled unless they call out for forgiveness to the very one they now hate and mock, Jesus, who came to us as God in the flesh.
I do believe that time is running out for this earth. Luke 19:28-35 Jesus sent two of His disciples to obtain a colt for Him to ride into Jerusalem. The common people were exalting Jesus as the Messiah that had come as prophesied but the religious crowd wanted nothing of it. Just like today, the religious (not Christian but religious) mock the coming Messiah. Then, as today, many of the so-called common people recognize that the Messiah is coming, except this time it won’t be on a colt, it will be on a white stallion. In that day, as today, many lost souls of the world want nothing to do with this Jewish Messiah named Jesus.
The religious leaders of that day wanted Jesus to quiet the crowds but notice again what Jesus said, “…I tell you that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” Now, I’m speculating but think about this; is it possible that nature today is crying out because the Messiah is on His way?
One of the many signs of Christ’s return is the turbulence of nature prior to His return. This sign, along with others, will increase in frequency and intensity. Read the local newspapers and the international news network; it is all there every day. Is it possible that since so few are acknowledging that Jesus will soon return and most laughed it off, that the stones are crying out?
Whether through floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, viruses, sicknesses, volcanoes, animalistic anomalies etc; is God through nature trying to tell us something? I ask again, while we ignore the reality that the King is coming, are the stones crying out to get our attention?
Is Jesus real? I know He is because His Spirit lives within me. I know He is real when I look at His creation. I know He is real when I read His word and experience its Truths. I know He is real when I witness His works in the lives of people. Jesus is real and He is coming back, sooner than you think.
There is more historical proof that Jesus existed than Julius Caesar and many other historical figures. So that isn’t a problem, unless one just ignores the facts. Is He God and is He alive in Heaven today, preparing a place for His own and soon to return? The Scriptures, which is His Word, attest all this to be true. Now it comes down to faith.
Consider one other thought. Would the disciples, who later became apostles, had given their lives for a lie?
All they would have to do at any time was to say He was a good man but not God and they would not have been tortured and they would not have been put to death, in some very gruesome ways I might add.
- Peter was crucified upside down.
- Andrew was crucified on an “X” shaped cross.
- James was killed a sword.
- John died of natural causes but allegedly put in boiling oil.
- Philip was crucified.
- Bartholomew was beaten and crucified.
- Thomas was killed with a spear.
- James (son of Alphaeus) was clubbed to death.
- Thaddaeus was crucified.
- Simon Zelotes was crucified.
- Matthias was stoned to death.
- Stephen was stoned to death.
- Paul was beheaded.
Foxes Book of Martyrs speaks of many who died some of the most horrible deaths one could imagine rather than denounce Jesus. Thousands today in our time suffer beyond description rather than deny Jesus.
Why is this, especially for those who have never physically seen Him as did the apostles and others? The answer is obvious. Jesus is real. He is alive and the tomb is empty. He is in Heaven now preparing a place for His own and will at any time return. Jesus said of these ones, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
Not only that, praise God, He lives within each and every one of those who are His by His blessed Holy Spirit. The 3rd person of the Godhead (Holy Spirit) lives within us, confirming the reality of the 2nd person of the Godhead (Jesus Christ) bestowing praise on the first person of the Godhead (the Father).
Jesus is the real thing. He is God and He will return at any time. Don’t grow weary of waiting. Work for the day is coming. He has plenty for each of us to do. Don’t allow negativity from others to bring you down, for it matters not what man says.
I look forward to our Lord’s return as much as anyone else but I also understand that while we wait, we must be busy telling others about Him and that His return is nigh. If you are a Christian, Jesus is alive and lives within you by His Holy Spirit. Share Him. If you are not a Christian, He wants to save you and there is no time like the present, because time is running out.
Jesus is real and maybe sooner than we think, the entire world will behold Him. Unfortunately for many, this is how it will transpire:
I looked when he opened the sixth seal and behold there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the might men, every slave and every free men, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the lamb! For the great day of his wrath has come and who is able to stand? (Revelation 6:12-17)
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