One gift I received this past Christmas was “The Duck Commander Devotional”, which is a Christian book that includes a Bible verse, short story written by one of the Duck Dynasty family members, and a prayer, for each day of the year. The page for January 3rd, written by Jase, caught my eye and I felt moved to share it with you. It was titled “The Best Argument”. Here’s a portion of it:
I believe one of the strongest arguments for Christ’s resurrection is the fact that Christ’s closest followers died in martyrdom because of their witness of a risen Lord (1 Corinthians 15:5-6). History books document that these men would rather die than deny the resurrection. It begs the question, “Who would die for a lie, knowing it was a lie, when the issue was life after death?”
That’s one of the most compelling arguments I’ve ever heard in my lifetime and that’s the first time I’ve heard it! Many of Jesus’s followers died for proclaiming the TRUTH about Jesus Christ. They were the only ones to see him die and then rise again on the 3rd day. If what they claimed was fake, if this was all a big con job, then why would they go to the grave to protect truth of what they claimed? The issue at hand is life vs. death, Jesus being life. If what they said was a lie, they would have known it, which would mean they had no idea what was coming in the afterlife…which would logically give them an incentive not to die. If someone pointed a gun at your head and asked you to deny your faith, otherwise they’d shoot you, you’d obviously deny your faith if you didn’t truly believe in it. But nope, they died, and they died because of their witness to and proclamation of a risen Lord. I
would suspect know what they died for is the truth.
He is risen. He is risen indeed!
Have a great week knowing that God is with you every step of the way!