Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Today's word for my lent photo challenge is believe.
Today I was asked by an English student if I believe the stories in the Bible are true. I replied with a resounding "yes!" and that I would not be a missionary if I did not believe the Bible is true.
In our Bible class this morning we were studying the death and resurrection of Jesus. We talked about the people around the cross as Jesus was dying and their various reactions.
Mark notes the women who were there, however, he doesn't say much about what they were doing or thinking or saying. As we discussed the women and their possible reaction, one student mentioned that they must have been very sad and crying and even felt hopeless. (Luke writes that they were mourning and wailing.)
Then we read the beginning of the next chapter of Mark which includes, in my opinion, one of the most hope-filled statements in the Bible... "He has risen! He is not here." Of course, once the shock wore off and Jesus was actually seen alive, hope was restored.
I can barely read those two little sentences without shouting and without a tear of joy appearing in my eye. I think my heart may even skip a beat when I read them.
He has risen! He is not here!
When I read those words in my head, they are read loudly and with gusto!
Yes, I do believe the stories in the Bible are true. The Bible is what my life and faith are built upon.