Jesus’ resurrection was foretold in the Old Testament.
Psalm 16:10b: For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
“What difference does Jesus make in life? Why is He important? Isn’t believing in God enough?” These were questions I asked myself in my college years. I had grown up with Christian teachings, but the question remained: “What is Jesus for, really?”
Then I met a group of young people who were excited about life and had lots of love. They didn’t wait to check me out, but accepted me into their group whether I met their standards or not. I saw that they weren’t stressed or troubled about innumerable things, as many of my fellow students were. They were happy, and told me it was because they had Jesus.
Years ago, a young woman of 21 started on the most terrible odyssey. She had just begun to live when everything collapsed. She wouldn’t go out, wouldn’t go swimming, and wouldn’t take a bus. She couldn’t stand to be alone, and she couldn’t stand to be with others. She was lonely, and loneliness was her worst enemy.
Can one person really make a difference? One “ordinary” middle-aged woman made a difference in my life.
I was a good girl, and everybody said so. I was the head girl of my grammar school in England, with top marks in all my exams. I won a coveted university scholarship that included trips abroad. I volunteered every week at a children’s home and worked with severely mentally challenged children in my spare time. I was dedicating my life to helping others through clinical psychology. I had been a Sunday school teacher for years, and didn’t drink, smoke, or take drugs. What could possibly be missing? One person saw it almost immediately.
In Jesus we see what God is like.
Colossians 1:13,15: He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Hebrews 1:3: Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.