May 18, 2017

The Transforming Power of the Resurrection

Among the many books that defend Christianity and the Resurrection, few are equal to Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell, who was an agnostic before entering college where he set out to write a paper that would discredit those who believe in Jesus Christ.  

His plan was to sift through all the available historical evidence, collect his arguments, and ultimately, he believed he would prove that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. At the very least, he hoped to convince himself and others that if Jesus had lived, his bones were in some forgotten grave in Jerusalem.

But something happened along the way. The overwhelming evidence Josh McDowell studied convinced him that Jesus lived, died and was resurrected. 

One of the most compelling reasons to believe in the Christian faith is this: Following the crucifixion, the demoralized and terrified disciples huddled together in the Upper Room, fearful that they might also be arrested and executed. 

But after Jesus’ Resurrection, they were changed. Their panic and fear turned to joy, and with the power of the Holy Spirit upon them, that small band of followers created a church with over two billion members today.

Josh McDowell’s conversion is the story of change. And that is the story of the Resurrection as well. People are changed. Skeptics become believers, the fearful find confidence, love triumphs over hate, and  those who believe in the promises of Jesus conquer death.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,

Was blind, but now I see.