"to these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs" Acts 1:3
Convincing proofs - This is the single Greek word tekmeriois. It comes from a Greek word for a fixed sign. You can think of it like an authorized signature. When you want proof, you go to an expert and ask for his "sign". He puts his mark on the bottom of the document, guaranteeing that what it says is absolutely true. It is "convincing" because it has been validated by the authority in charge.
Luke tells us that between Jesus resurrection and His ascension, He gave His followers many convincing proofs. He provided plenty of evidence enough so that no one had any doubt at all that it was Jesus and that He was alive again. These followers were so convinced that it changed everything about their lives. They took the world by storm on the basis of this evidence. Notice that Luke says that signs were completely convincing. They left no doubt at all. They were not "hit and miss" question marks about what really happened. They were not illusions or wishful thinking or mystical experiences. They were proof positive validations that Jesus was alive.
Two thousand years have passed since Luke interviewed those men. The day came when everyone who saw Jesus after His death also died. We can't sit down with an eyewitness and interrogate him. But we still have the evidence, don't we? That evidence is really overwhelming. Because we have literally millions of people who can stand up and say, "Jesus changed my life".
Once a man asked me how I could believe when I had only six separate authors who attested to this claim that Jesus is alive. He meant that all I had was the words of John, James, Peter, Mark, Matthew, Luke and Paul. Six people from thousands of years ago. How could I stake everything on just six people? But I could tell him that there were not just six, there were countless millions who attested to the truth of what these six wrote. And one of these millions was the most important of all ME! My life has changed. I am convinced.
Are you one who is asking, "How can you believe?" or are you one proclaiming, "My life has changed too"? Convincing proof is here. Open you eyes and believe!
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