As I sipped coffee today I had opened another book as this is one of my reading moments. The book is a new release of Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell and his son Shaun McDowell, PhD.
I had only gotten into the second paragraph and images of today’s topic came rushing into my mind. A man was challenging me on a Facebook post recently. His pre-supposition being that Christianity was mythical and there is no evidence of miracles stating he did not know one person that had witnessed a miracle. His attitude transmitted more interest in making a statement than seeking a witness or evidence of a truth. In that vein, I commented that I had seen a miracle personally but there was no sense in spending time on it as he was obviously closed minded to the idea. He asked me to share and I declined for the reason stated. He then challenged that I would not even back up my own claim. I bowed out at that, later, considering I could be wrong, I went back and posted the story.
I do not recall if I blogged the story but I have told it on Facebook as a witness right after it happened. Having had several bad days in a row and feeling emotionally defeated I decided on early evening to take a motorcycle ride and see if it would lift my spirits. Thirty miles down the road from my house I was sitting at a stop light. I still felt heavy and decided to ride a longer route home and proceeded. Then my conscience told me I should go back. It was going to be dark and no one knew where I had gone. I should not take the long route and I made a poor decision. It was a violation of my own self imposed safety rules. I decided to make a u-turn on a two lane country highway.
Clearing the oncoming traffic lane I kept watching for traffic behind me seeing none. As I decided to turn there was gravel on the pavement and it took my attention and concentration until I had passed it. Then, making a quick mirror check I commenced my turn. Instantly I heard a vehicle brakes lock up and I made a panic stop. Turning my head left, coming right at me was a four-wheel drive SUV with the brakes screeching, trying to hold on to the pavement. I was full broadside and he was too close, I expected a collision with my body and was at the same time baffled by what my eyes were telling me.
What I saw visually was not possible. There are laws of motion and physics that do not change. The nose of the vehicle should be diving down towards the roadbed. As the driver was attempting to miss me he needed to change to the left lane from his position and the right front should have been even lower than the left front. Yet, I was looking at the front end raised high enough I could see the entire front axle and the brake caliper assembly and the right side was higher than the left. In addition, I was still hearing the screech of tires. My brain was having a conversation with me saying what I am seeing is not possible. Then, in a split second, the vehicle was fully in the opposite lane and in front of me turning off the road. It was a Sheriffs vehicle and the officer got out, walking to me he said I do not know how I missed you. That vehicle is not made to handle like that.
My bike had a custom pinstripe and on the tank was a representation of the Sword of the Spirit as in the scripture, put on the full armor of God. I laid my hand on it saying I know exactly how you missed me. It was a miracle that defied natural explanation.
The person mentioned above asked if the deputy had a video recording as he would not believe my witness account without video proof. As I had suspected, he began with a presupposition that miracles cannot and do not happen. Written testimony is not enough. Had I gotten the deputy to write the story it would be the same. Had there been a video then the question would have been how did the film get altered?
I was reminded in my spirit with this memory of the Crucifixion in this manner. We all have to make a choice. Its an individual, not a collective decision. What do we do with the unseen, the supernatural? What do we do with those things we do not understand? As I write it’s ten days until Christmas. The greatest Miracle which has ever taken place is the salvation offered all through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The witness was many and multiple times in occurrence. Yet you and I were not there. The accounts could be inaccurate, the evidence altered by time and interpretation. The one who rejects the spiritual does not accept that scripture as divinely written by the Holy Spirit. Like my critic, he chooses to reject the witness. I want to go to the first example I think of where a critic rejects the gift. It is not only a witness but in a way a participant. How do you get any closer? If I go through something with you in the action of it then I am a credible witness. Would you agree? Yet, we may differ on our view of what happened. What is correct?
At the Crucifixion of Christ, two criminals were crucified with Him. One on the left and one on the right. If you read about it in Luke: 33-43 NASB you will find that the people, even the rulers were mocking him. They were jeering that He should save Himself and that He was not the Christ. One of the criminals mocked that if You are the Christ then save Yourself and us. He said this in spite, not in belief. The other criminal rebuked him asking “Do you not even fear God since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong” And he was saying “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
Do you realize when you study this that one criminal rejected that Jesus was the Messiah and joined the people and the leaders in mocking Him? He did not even identify they were guilty and Jesus was innocent. The other criminal realized Jesus was the Messiah and he feared God. He admitted his own guilt and asked Jesus if He would accept him to be with him when He entered His kingdom. Is that not like the gospel message. Of course it is and this is the decision all of us make. Jesus is or He is not who He said He was. We accept that truth or we don’t. There is an obvious result.
Like the man who challenged the spiritual with me, when people deny God, Jesus or the possibility of the spiritual side of us my heart is filled with fear for them. Luke 10:16 in the New Living translation says; Then He said to the disciples, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejection God, who sent me.” In First John 2:23 NASB it says; Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father, the one who confesses teh Son has teh Father also. Finally I refer John 6:63 in the NKJV “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are Life”…
The unseen is more than the seen, The Spirit is greater than the flesh. Your words carry in them the power of life and death. To choose Christ is to choose life. To fill yourself with his word is to fill your self with his Life. To fill yourself only with the world is to fill yourself with death. Consider what you do and what you accept and reject. Your eternal soul, your very life depends on your choices. Ultimatly, you and I are accountable individually for our decisions. I study the evidence that I can make sound sound decisions.
God Bless and Keep you, Mark. Time for a refill so I will catch you next time.