While doing Evangelism with
Pastor Kruse in an indoor mall, we came up to an elderly gentlemen,
who I will call Paul, who I suspect had been a university educator
before his retirement. I had read through the sixth point on
when suddenly he grabbed the tract out of my
hand and while pointing to the statement on p. 1, "And Believe That
God the Father Raised Him
from the Dead," said the following:
Do you really believe this literally?
Greg Hofler (GH):
Yes I do!
I have been in the Methodist Church all my life and if God can take
an acorn and turn it into an oak tree then God can do anything; but
I donít know about taking Jesus physical resurrection from the dead
Paul, do you understand the significance of the physical
resurrection of Jesus Christ?
Paul, many people through history have claimed to be messengers from
God and that their religious writings are the word of God. There was
Mohammed who wrote the Koran and Joseph Smith who wrote the book of
Mormon, there are the Hindu writings and other religious books.
Anyone can claim to be a messenger of God and be from God, but how
do we know who was truly of God and who was not?
Jesus claimed many
things about Himself. He claimed, as Pastor Kruse
shares here on page 4
of this tract, to be God Himself in the flesh, to be our creator,
that what Moses wrote in the first five books of the Bible is
literally true and by His authorship and that He was writing about
Him, God the creator. Jesus also did not just claim to be a
messenger of God, but he claimed to be the only way to God. When
Jesus was asked what His proof to these claims were, He did not tell
his inquirers not to ask questions but just believe, He told them He
would give them absolute proof. He told them to kill Him and that He
would stay dead for three days and then come back physically from
the dead to prove who He was and His claims about Himself.
If Jesus was God our Creator,
the greatest proof He could give us would to be to bring Himself
back from the dead, recreate His human body alive after it had been
dead for three days. This is how we know that Jesus really is God in
the flesh and that He really did die for our sins because God the
Father brought Him back from the dead to prove to us it is literally
and absolutely true. God the Father bringing Jesus back from
the dead is His witness and testimony that Jesus really is His only
Son and that He accepts His death for our sins. That is
what it means to believe that God the Father raised him from the
dead, the significance of Jesusí resurrection, and why we cannot be
saved unless we do believe in it. To not believe in Jesusí
physical resurrection is to not believe God the Fatherís
testimony about what is true and that Jesus is His Son and only
means to salvation. Salvation comes through believing what God has
said and promised in His Word. Deny this
and not only can you not be
saved, but you have no basis for knowing anything about what is
I mentioned earlier about many
other religious founders of history who claimed to be messengers of
God and that what they taught was true. What proof did they give us
that what they said is true? Nothing! They all died and you can
visit their graves. Jesus came back from the dead. Yes I take it
literally and if you donít, the Bible says you cannot be saved.
Again the Bible does not tell
us to believe this just because it says this. It tells us in
15:3-8 that there were over
512 people who witnessed Jesusí physical resurrection from the dead,
who then walked with Him for forty days after His resurrection and
then witnessed His ascension up to heaven.
I then went on to
share the rest of the
with Paul. After I read the Gospel of
John 2:22 on
the bottom of p. 3,
I said further to Paul,
Paul, even Jesusí disciples had doubts about taking the Old
Testament and Jesusí claims about Himself literally until after He
rose physically from the dead. After that, they no longer had any
doubts. (I then continued to share the
up to page 11
and then asked him):
Which of these two people best represents your life?
The one on the right (Christ-Controlled).
Have you ever prayed and invited Jesus into your heart?
The following explains how you can know Jesus personally. The way
you come to know Jesus is by LITERALLY inviting Him into your
heart. This prayer explains to you how. It states: (read through
prayer). Would you like to pray and invite Jesus into your heart?
At this point Paul
pulls the booklet again out of my hand and studies
As he did this his wife walked up and he said:
I would like to keep this
(as he stood up).
Yes! Please do. If you have any other questions, you can
reach me through the address on the last page of the book. Please
feel free to write me!
Thank you, I find this
Thank You for allowing me to share it with you.
With this they left.
Paul obviously was hearing these truths for the first time. Even
though he said he was Christ-Controlled, he obviously did not know
what this meant, or meant that he was religious, a member of a
Church; but by the rest of his comments and response, he obviously
did not know Jesus and was not saved. I had successfully explained
to him what it meant to be a Christian and how to become one, and
the significance of the resurrection. I was successful in
evangelizing him. It is now up to the Holy Spirit to convince him it
is true and Paulís need to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord to be
saved. Please pray for Paul.
Bibliography & Notes
Section 6 Chapters