Several times in my life I have had the unique opportunity of witnessing to an agnostic or an atheist. I will relate one of them to you that was in Texas in a very small town not far from Lufkin, Texas.

      We had been friends for several months and spend quite a bit of time together.  Seated on his porch one evening, we were engaged in casual, yet serious conversation. The agnostic responded to some of my words of Christian witness by saying, "Yes, but, you have to remember, Christ was only a man - after all, He did die."

      I jumped to my feet and responded with much animation, "Oh, no! Jesus is very much alive and well! He changed my life from that of a wretchedness to calm assurance of my eternal security. I am not the man I was prior to my salivation! The writer to the Hebrews put it very simply: 'Christ is able to save them to the uttermost that come to God through Him, seeing He ever liveth.'" Heb. 7:25.

      The writer of the letter to the Hebrews had special reason for emphasizing the eternal deity of Christ, as he does in the very opening verses of his epistle. He was addressing his letter to Christians who were converted Jews. He knew that his readers were being influenced by their kinsmen who regarded Christ as an impostor at the worst or just another prophet at best. hence he takes every opportunity to remind, to reassure them, that their Messiah is not dead, but is seated at the right hand of God the Father, "making intercession" for all believers.

      All too often we are inclined to speak of Christ mostly in the past tense. That is very natural, since His birth, life, death and resurrection did take place at points in time long past. But Christ is eternal. The Christ we worship is the One who is living in the present,the One who is "very much alive,"who "lives and reigns to all eternity," still active on behalf of all who come to God through Him.

                He lives, all glory to His name! He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
                Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives, "I know that my Redeemer lives!"

                Lord Jesus, may I find daily strength and comfort from knowing that
                You are alive, speaking for me before Your Father in heaven. Amen!  


      Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.



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