A song in The Song Book of The Salvation Army says, ‘You ask me how I know he [Jesus] lives? He lives within my heart.’ But would this type of subjective evidence convince you Jesus is alive in the world? Actually, this song isn’t focused on proving to someone else that Jesus is alive; it’s about that inner conviction in our own lives that reassures us of the reality of Jesus.
The songwriter speaks about knowing that Jesus is living ‘whatever men may say’, and goes on to testify that ‘though my heart grows weary, I never will despair’. When we’re right with God—because we’ve accepted the offer of salvation through Jesus Christ—we know it! And such faith isn’t shaken by changing feelings or circumstances.
Galatians 4:4-7 (NLT) says, ‘But when the right time came, God sent his Son … to buy freedom for us who were slaves … And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” ’ The word ‘abba’ is a biblical Aramaic word, one of the most intimate personal names for God. The closest word we would have to it is ‘daddy’. It reflects total childlike faith and adoration—which only comes out of the closest and truest of relationships.
What is the strongest evidence of Jesus’ reality in our world today? Just as it was in the early Christian Church, it is the changed—and changing—lives of those who follow him. Such are the men and women of the Disciples of the Cross Session, our newest group of Salvation Army officers who are being ordained and commissioned over the next week. It is a joy to see that these people, from such diverse backgrounds, are proclaiming—and proving—the daily reality of Jesus in their lives.
Luke 9:23 J.B. Phillips New Testament
‘Then he spoke to them all. “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, carry his cross every day and keep close behind me.” ’
‘I mea ano ia ki a ratou katoa, Ki te mea tetahi kia haere mai i muri i ahau, me whakakahore ia e ia ano, me amo tona ripeka i nga ra katoa, ka aru ai i ahau.’
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