I hope you were able to see the movie, “God’s Not Dead” when it was in theaters. I usually don’t plug a movie on this show, but every so often one comes along that I believe is so powerful that I feel compelled to give it a shout out. It was inspired by the song from Newsboys of the same name – “God’s Not Dead”. The title of the song and the movie reminds me of the verse of scripture from Mark chapter 16, verse 11 which says:
"When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it."
This verse is in reference to Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene. When she told some of his followers that Jesus had risen from the dead, they didn’t believe her initially. We have the benefit of knowing what the bible says, but there are still many out there, maybe even you, who struggle with the idea that Jesus is God and that he died and rose from the dead. Later, Jesus tells some of the disciples that they now believe because they see him face to face. He says blessed are those who have not seen and still believe. I encourage you to not wait until you pass into the afterlife and see God face to face to believe, because by then it will be too late. Believe today.
When you hear that Jesus is alive today, don’t be like his followers in Mark 16 by not believing. Faith is the cornerstone of practicing Christianity. We are saved by grace through faith. And the bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. If you’ve ever wondered why that is true, now you know.