Faith: “I am with you always”




A brilliant Head of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, C E M Joad, was not always a man of faith, but when he was asked on a radio programme which one historical figure he would most like to meet and ask just one question, he didn’t hesitate: “I would meet Jesus Christ and ask him the most important question in the world, ‘Did you or did you not rise from the dead?’”

You see, if Jesus Christ really is risen from the dead, it changes everything. It means that every word, every claim, every statement He ever made is true:

■That He came to bring life, to save the lost, to bring us all home.
■That He came to set us free from religion and rules.
■That He wants us to live lightly.
■That we can move mountains and heal the sick.
■That we are all His children. And that, ultimately, He won’t let harm come to us.

But it all hinges on His resurrection. If He didn’t rise again, then His claims about Himself were not true. In the words of C. S. Lewis, “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic, on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg, or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.”

But if He did rise again, then how? The compelling evidence for the resurrection is hard to argue against. I have tried. Many of the greatest minds of our time have tried. The evidence is so stacked toward it being the truth that many scholars have found faith after setting out to discredit it.

So if He did rise again, it means this also is true: “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). And if He is right here, right now. beside us, for us, and within us, then our day really should be full of joy and assurance! Jesus with us. Truth. Soak it in.

Extract taken from Soul Fuel by Bear Grylls published by Zondervan in the US and Hodder Faith in the UK. Available here Soul Fuel by Bear Grylls | Free Delivery at Eden | 9781529387063

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Bear Grylls

Known worldwide as one of the most recognised faces of survival and outdoor adventures. BAFTA award-winning TV host Bear Grylls began his journey in 21 SAS before becoming one of the youngest-ever climbers of Mount Everest.

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