Outdoor Truths by Gary Miller; Believe ;firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Miller; email@example.com
If one has been hunting or fishing long enough, he has a few stories that fit into the category of either questionable or unbelievable. In fact, those tales are so unbelievable that without a witness to confirm the event, most would not only question their veracity but would deny the outcome. I can quickly think about three such stories; all of which involve fishing.
One night I was fishing with a friend from a covered pontoon when a fish jerked my rod into the lake. The next morning I woke up, casted out, and reeled in the lost rod, along with the fish that was still attached. Again, I have witnesses. Another time, while fishing in the late summer, my friend dropped his glasses in the lake. He went back to what he thought was the approximate place during the winter when the lake authorities lower the lake levels. There on top of a stump were his glasses. And lastly, just a few years ago while fishing in the river, I cast out my lure and catch two smallmouths at the same time; both hooked to my tiny torpedo. What I remember about that was not only the two that were hooked but a third that was trying to get its part as well. Yep, there’s no doubt that each of those stories can conjure up some serious misgivings even though all of them can certainly be deemed possible. A story that is humanly impossible could only be designed by God. And that is what the story of the resurrection is – a humanly impossible story that is so inconceivable, it can only be designed by God.
One of the greatest proofs of Christianity is not just the fact of the resurrection. In fact, non-Christians do not believe that something like that actually happened. But perhaps what a person ought to come to grips with first is just who would design such an odd way to save the world. What human would come up with the crazy idea of a death on a cross, a burial, and then a resurrection as a way to pay for one’s sins? What man would really take something as historically inhumane and cruel as a cross and decide he can make it become a universal symbol of hope and redemption? The answer is no man. Only God would think of something as cruel as a cross and as impossible as a resurrection, marry them together, and design a plan for mankind to be made right with his Creator.
My friend, if you’re stuck on the reality of a resurrection for you to believe that Jesus was the Son of God, perhaps you just need to decide if anyone other than God could have come up with such an unlikely story.