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By Grant Everly
I’d consider myself a more “intellectually driven” person. What I mean by this is that I love all things “thinking.” Especially in the realm of faith proof is huge for me; if I’m not continually questioning and better articulating my beliefs, then I begin to feel I’m cheating both God and myself in my walk with Him. Luckily, for critical thinking Christians there is a wealth of evidence for the existence of God in the realms of philosophy, science, history and morality. While all this proof is convicning, for many of my early high school years I missed out on one of the most compelling proofs of the gospel. That compelling piece of evidence is, ironically, the gospel.
Jesus Christ has the power to radically change people in a way that nothing else can. This past Sunday at both impact and the Sunday all-church service we were all witnesses to this as we watched our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ be baptized.
For many of my earlier years as a Christian I neglected just how powerful the stories we heard last Sunday are. When we listen to the testimonies of people whose lives have been changed we are witnesses to the amazing healing and restoring power of the gospel. Christ brings wholeness in a way that nothing else in our world can. He brings healing to things we would often think incurable. He brings life to that which is dead. He brings joy to those who are beaten down and deflated. He brings peace to those struggling amidst a volatile and scary world. He brings hope to those who are crushed by doubt, and he brings restoration to that which is broken and battered beyond repair.
This is proof of God so compelling that it puts all doubts to rest. Christ and the message of the gospel do things that simply don’t happen naturally and thus provide the most convincing evidence for God the world has ever seen.
When better than this weekend, Easter weekend, to recognize the death that made healing, wholeness, joy, and peace possible. What better day to recognize the amazing and powerful evidence for God that we see in all of our redeemed friends and family.
Grant Everly is a junior at Warren Township High School and regularly attends church with his family and iMPACT on Sunday nights. He plays soccer, enjoys sports and has passion for learning more about Christ and growing in Him.