For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time….
— 1 Corinthians 15:3-6
General Lew Wallace was a military and literary genius. One day, he and fellow agnostic Robert Ingersoll decided they would write a book that would forever destroy the myth of Christianity. So Wallace spent years researching in the world’s leading libraries to find the most powerful arguments he could.
While writing the second chapter of his book, he suddenly found himself on his knees, crying out, “My Lord and my God.” The evidence was overwhelmingly conclusive – and Wallace was now a believer. He shared…
“After six years given to the impartial investigation of Christianity as to its truth or falsity, I have come to the deliberate conclusion that Jesus Christ was the Messiah of the Jews, the Savior of the world and my own personal Redeemer.”
Wallace later wrote Ben Hur – one of the greatest Christian novels.
It’s amazing what can happen when we examine the incredible claims of Christ and His followers. You have a man who claimed to be from God, died on a cross, was seen alive by hundreds after His death, and had thousands of followers soon after. These claims speak for themselves.
So if you ever have any doubt in your faith, remember that history is on your side. And when we look at the historical evidence, the truth is clear – Jesus is Lord!
Ask God to confirm the truth of the Gospel in your heart. And be confident the evidence is on the side of Jesus!
Questions for Thought
When it comes to having faith, what parts of the Bible cause you to struggle?
How does knowing that others have walked that same journey and have come down on the side of faith encourage you?