“When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask Him, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?' Jesus replied, 'Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, THE DEAD ARE RAISED, and the good news is preached to the poor.'” -- Matthew 11:4-5
Despite Jesus calling John the Baptist the greatest prophet of his time, even John had moments of doubt. The wear and tear of persecution and his eventual imprisonment prohibited him from seeing the miracles of Jesus. In isolation, he became skeptical of his own experiences, including the baptism of Jesus where he'd seen the Holy Spirit descend on Jesus in the form of a dove and then a voice from Heaven confirming Jesus as the Son of God! In time, John’s doubts turned into questions, where he even challenged the validity of Jesus' ministry. In reply to John, Jesus simply tells him to look at the miracles!
Perhaps most powerful and most convincing of all miracles is the raising of the dead. Amazingly, the Bible records ten specific instances of people being raised to life from the dead: the widow of Zarephath's son (I Kings 17:22), the Shunammite woman's son (II Kings 4:35), a dead man who touched Elisha's bones (II Kings 13:21), the woman's son at Nain (Luke 7:15), Jairus' daughter (Matthew 9:25), Lazarus (John 11:44), and the many holy people at Jesus' crucifixion (Matthew 27:52), Tabitha (Acts 9:40), Eutychus (Acts 20:10), and of course Jesus (Matthew 28:6)!
[caption id="attachment_1022" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Don welcomes his awesome wife Marianella back to the Kingdom![/caption]
Taking center stage among these powerful events is of course the resurrection of Jesus! Jesus' existence, death and resurrection are well documented by several secular historians of His time. Included in this group of historians is Josephus who recorded, “At t... Read More