From the Author
He was not the kind of man that most people would consider a powerful leader, or conqueror of nations. He worked with His hands and shaped wood from trees into useful objects for life. He used no force to compel anyone, He spoke humbly, and treated the lost, the broken, and the poor, with great compassion and love.
He did not attend a prominent Rabbinical school to learn the ancient scriptures. He was no author or traveling evangelist. There were no accolades or parades when He came into the world, though He created all that exists by the words of His mouth.
Although this man fulfilled every promise of the prophets of old, His arrival at Jerusalem was met with shock and dismay. "Who is this Carpenter from Nazareth," the Pharisees cried, "no prophet ever came out of Galilee." He was rejected, despised, ridiculed, scourged and crucified. While bearing unimaginable suffering Himself, the constant desire of His heart was to bring freedom to His tormentors. To the men who tortured Him: "Father, forgiven them." To the repentant thief on the cross who had mocked Him moments before: "Today you will be with me in paradise." To the whole world, a promise: "It is finished." The work of your redemption is complete, eternal life is yours, heaven is your eternal home.
His heart burst from within as the mounting pressure of bearing the sins of the world pushed his body beyond the stress than any man had ever bore. He commanded His spirit to depart His body. He breathed His last, His blood poured out, His work-- finished.
For three days, He lay in the borrowed tomb of a friend, his body experiencing no decay. On the first day of the week, a spectacular event--equalled, only by the first moments of the universe; when light exploded into the darkness of this world and He was alive once more.
When we read the New Testament narrative of Jesus, we are struck by the impossibility of this story. There are many aspects of the accounts that the writers are describing that were not expected by Israel, nor the world. The idea that God would visit the earth in the form of human being. The thought that the natural laws of the universe could be suspended by the voice of a man. How could anyone speak to a raging sea and calm it? The possibility that a person could shout at a tomb and the dead would return to life. It's a good thing that Jesus said the name of Lazarus when He commanded Him to rise; otherwise the dead from the whole world would have risen.
These accounts are not mere myth or allegory; these are the stories from where truth originates.