by Tom Murphy, Stewardship Committee Chairman
Like Christmas, Easter is over. “Christ has died.” But, like Christmas, Easter is never over. “Christ has risen. Christ will come again.”
I was in a book study recently studying a book titled “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel. It’s long – 450+ pages – and very analytical BUT is a great story of a man’s two year journey from being an atheist to being a Christian. He interviewed lots of people…creditable authorities… to address the question [my paraphrase], “Is Jesus Christ the Real Deal?” I invite you to read the book to find out what he found out. Look on page 23 for the actual questions he wanted to answer.
There was another question he posed that was spirit lifting. It has to do with time, talents, giving. It is a question you might ask yourself with regards to your own giving. Something like, “Why would I be a good steward and give of my time, my talents and my gifts to make disciples of Jesus Christ?”
Below is the statement Strobel made and the question he asked at the end of his final interview with Alexander Metherell, MD, PhD.
“Jesus intentionally walked into the arms of his betrayer, he didn’t resist arrest, he did-n’t defend himself at his trial – it was clear that he was willingly subjecting himself to what you’ve described as a humiliating and agonizing form of torture. And I’d like to know why. What could possibly have motivated [Jesus] to agree to endure this sort of punishment?”
Metherell answered, “I suppose the answer can be summed up in one word – and that would be…”