Why I Believe Jesus – Ravi Zacharias


And when you look at the story of Jesus and encounter with Pilate in John 18 Pilate asks him the most important question he could have ever asked. He said what is truth and walked away Imagine that imagine that standing in front of him who claimed to be the way the truth and the life and Jesus had said to him they they’re on the side of truth Listen to me and so to you this afternoon I want to present a message within the time that I have allocated here and the message is Why do I believe Jesus Christ to be the way the truth and the life? Have written a lot on the subject. I’ve written a book on this called Jesus among other gods I’ve written one called “Why Jesus”. None of that material am I bringing to you here today. I’m just taking some Existentially relevant ideas that I hope will form the impetus within your life to carry this message Everywhere you go. You see truth is generally measured tell us the Philosopher’s in three ways logical consistency Empirical adequacy and Experiencial relevance is what you are saying logically consistent Is it Empirically verifiable? Is it experientially relevant so there’s consistency Verifiability and relevance. May I just take The third of these on the relevance of the message of Jesus and talk to you a little bit about it Number one is his description of the human condition No one No one describes your heart and my heart more accurately than the person of Jesus Christ You know, it’s yesterday. I was talking to a young woman who comes from a completely different faith from a different part of this world and as she was talking to me, she said to me I never believed in God because of my faith in the Icon that I believed in before. She said now all of a sudden and following Jesus Christ I have seen my heart in a way. I have never seen it before It was in the 1980s during the Cold War that I had been invited to Warsaw Poland It was grim just cloudy. It was cold the Soviet presents already there very much So in the early eighties and I was taken to the to another city where I was speaking to the Polish Gathering and one day a man, but our medical doctor said to me Ravi Have you ever been to Auschwitz? Said to me I’ve been to some Concentration camps booked involved and dark how he said no, no, no This is a death camp. Have you ever been to a death camp? I said, I don’t think so He said let me take you there. So we drove emotionally I was totally unprepared for what I was going to say totally unprepared because Buchenwald Dachau and all as much as they show you something then show you what Auschwitz does and as I walked in there from room to room the only response The only response is pin drop silence You see the pictures of young boys that have been castrated by Mengele Standing there as twins photographed like this with skeletons and their skin tied taut around them vacant empty eyes And you look at what the most educated generation Then did to humanity in one room. There was 14,000 pounds of women’s hair Stashed behind glass when the women were taken into the gas ovens They were stripped of their hair Which was then put into sacks and sold in the marketplace to make money out of all of this 14,000 pounds of that hair still remained behind glass they were being exterminated nated in auschwitz at the rate of 12,000 every day They’d be stripped naked and taken into the gas oven gas rooms Which they were told were actually their showers and they’d be so tightly packed against each other Flesh to flesh already just skin and bones and they would not know what was coming They were told they were gonna get their first shower and all this while shaven bald standing shoulder to shoulder and the spigots would be turned on and The gas would start to descend and somebody would scream gasps Another 12,000 shoveled out of there And I remember walking out of there thinking to myself This is what we are capable of Even listening to the best music under the world and going to the highest educational systems But I missed something in that you see ladies and gentlemen The problem of evil is not so much that it’s so pervasive and so strong out there but the fact that it is deep inside your heart and mine too Viktor Frankl who served twice in Auschwitz as a prisoner says this If we present man with a concept of man, which is not true, we may well corrupt him When we present him as a automaton of human reflexes as a mind machine as a bundle of instincts as a pawns of drives and reactions as a mere product of heredity and environment We will feed the niall ISM to due to which he is already prone. I Became acquainted with the last stage of corruption in my second concentration camp Auschwitz the gas chambers of Auschwitz So not the out were the ultimate consequence of the theory that man is nothing but the product of heredity and environment Or as the Nazis like to say of blood and soil listen to the statement now, I’m absolutely convinced absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz Treblinka and my Zdenek were ultimately Prepared not in some ministry or other in Berlin But rather at the desks and lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers Not behind the Ministry of Defense in Berlin, but at the desks and the lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers The theory of relativism today is being presented in the highest Institutes of our learning Producing a whole generation of young men and women who no longer believe that there are absolutes That’s where it’s happening The early stages of corruption may be behind lecterns the end stages is the devaluation the dehumanization the denigration and ultimately the desensitizing sensitization of your conscience and mine one of my great heroes was a man called Malcolm Muggeridge in the early days of my Conversion I started to read Muggeridge because he was a brilliant user of language in a way I had never read anybody else Muggeridge himself was a late comer to Jesus Christ Possibly the greatest British journalist of the 20th century a toss up between him and GK Chesterton both of them who ended up becoming more or less philosophers I had the privilege of being with Margaret just and nine months before he died at his home in England and spending one of the finest afternoons I’d ever spent in my life as he talked of his younger days and his own wanderings and we talked about the incident I’m now going to mention to you when he was a young professor of journalism in India. He loved the Indian people He stepped out of his quarters one morning and went into the river to swim and as he was swimming at dawn Way out in the distance he saw the silhouetted figure of a woman getting into the river far away from him and he was a lustful type of Individual he decided he would make a go for her Started to swim in his dragon her direction and he said in his heart. There was a voice telling him. No, don’t no don’t but he said I smothered that voice and swam as hard so good in her direction and as I came closer and closer the Woman herself, of course probably by this point stunned that someone was invading her privacy Especially as she saw a white man emerge from the waters and has he shipped the water off his face All he could see was a woman covering herself like that And he said I was shocked that I was looking into the face and the body of a woman with leprosy Her fingers were gone Her nostrils were gone. Her lips were gone her eyes looked almost like a gargoyle peering out of a wall somewhere and Muggeridge said I was on the verge of saying what a horrible ugly woman Till he said I paused and realized No, I’ve got this wrong. It wasn’t a horrible. Ugly woman It was this horrible ugly heart with which I was living Take the whole issue of pornography today Making its billions with supposedly the most beautiful human beings on the face of the earth stirring up within you the ugliest passions you can ever have Passions that no human being can ever fulfill no human being can ever fulfill because it takes away the possibility of the impact of a person and puts in its place a Feeling a desire as a supreme pursuit to which you go which no person can ultimately satisfy That’s what the Bible talks lust of the flesh lust of the eyes pride of life. Jesus describes your heart and mind perfectly when he says the heart is sinful and Desperately wicked above all things. Do you know when the philosopher Nietzsche in? 1900 before he died at the age of 54 said God is dead in the 19th century and then he went on to say the Universal madness will break out in the 20th century and the 20th century will become the bloodiest century in history He made the pronouncement both of which too He took the first step in the last 13 years of his life. He spent insane and in the 20th century We killed more people on the battlefield than the previous 19 put together and the weapons of warfare are piling up Take a look at your heart, you know, why on the day you see your heart is desperately wicked in need of a savior You could become an answer rather than just another question Description of my condition the provision for my malady This is the only answer in the world That offers you a savior The only answer of the world that offers you a savior some years ago I had the privilege of speaking at the United Nations prayer breakfast They asked me to speak on the search for absolutes in a relativistic culture. Now, that’s a tough subject for anywhere and Especially in the early hours of the morning at just about before breakfast to speak to people from so many countries and walk very Cautiously it was a toughy you can’t come in your face You have to take about 16 minutes or so 15 minutes to talk in terms of general Understanding and the last two to three minutes bring an answer from the Christian perspective So I said to this to them I said there are four areas in which you look for absolutes evil justice, love and forgiveness Evil justice, love and forgiveness. I said you talk about evil empires when you get together here What do you mean by that you look for just society. What do you mean by justice? You leave your loved ones back home and you are here and you miss them. You know, what love is all about especially when you miss your loved one so much and then you are gonna some of your gonna blow it you’ll make mistakes and you’ll Want to be forgiven evil justice love and forgiveness. They were listening at the edge of their seats. I said I have just two three minutes left. I want ask this question where in the world these four converge at a moment in history? Where did evil justice love and forgiveness converge at a moment in history I said can I take you to a hill called Calvary and show you the person of Jesus Christ. Who shows you the evil in your heart and mine who was just and the justifier? Who loved us so greatly to give himself for us and said Father forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing the person of Jesus Christ you know what when I finished that talk as the ambassadors lined up, one of the ambassadors came to me and he said Mr. Zacharias I come from an atheistic country I don’t want to be here my president Commanded that I come here and every day I wake up and I wonder what am I doing here? Why am I here? He said today I have found my answer. I came here to find God and to find Jesus Christ in my life One more one more simple illustration years ago. I had the privilege of being at a gathering in Ramallah Jerusalem talking to one of the four founders of Hamas I was taken by some friends and he was agitated He’d served years in prison Solidly built guy he’d lost several of his children and at the end of it one of the leaders, the leader of our group Asked if each one of us five had a question for him because it was a private and private meeting I won’t tell you what my question was and nor will I tell you his answer But when he finished answering I looked at him and I said Sheikh. I don’t like your answer I really don’t like your answer. I said but let me tell you something and you and I may never see each other again Not far from where you and I are sitting Is a hill Three thousand years ago a man by the name of Abraham took his son up that hill please Let’s not debate right now which son it was And he just looked at me. I said we know he took his son up that hill to offer him as a sacrifice Of his faith in God and just as the ax is about to come down. God says stop Stop I myself will provide I said, do you remember that story? He said yes I said we are sitting very close to another Hill two thousand years ago. God took his own son up there and provided what he promised he would shake my comment to you is this until you and I receive the son that God has provided we will be offering our own sons and daughters on the battlefields of this world for position for power and for land and for prestige He just looked at me and the archbishop who was leading the delegation figured it was time to go So I was walking away about to go down the stairs and the archbishop put his arm around me He said Ravi I thought oh, oh, here it comes He said that was of God I said, I sure hope so And we walked out and since the archbishop was the guest of honor the Sheikh Was bidding goodbye to him, but suddenly I saw him running towards me and he turned me around Solidly built guy and with two titanium rods in my back. I figured I was gonna be his stray He patted me on my face Kissed me on both sides of my face and he said to me mr. Zacharias You’re a good man. I Hope I will see you again someday And I saw him wipe that tear away Do you know what’s going on in the Middle East today a lot. Can I simplify it to one statement? It’s three Thousand years of history and the logic of unforgiveness Three thousand years or more than that five thousand years of history and the logic of evolve evolve and forgiveness and what I want to say to you is this Forgiveness Is so easily spoken off? You ask about this or a Hindu? What do you know about forgiveness? You know what they’ll say to you uh-uh Karma karma karma, I pay my debt. I have to pay. You ask a Muslim. Do you know you’re going to enter paradise? He’ll say no, I’m never certain my good deeds will have to outweigh my bad deeds. These are not pejorative statements These are doctrinally legitimate statements of what they believe you pay you you pay Christ offers you forgiveness by paying the penalty Himself, and so the elementary school teacher writes this he came to my desk with a quivering lip The lesson was done. Have you a new sheet for me dear teacher? I’ve spoiled this one I took his sheet or soiled and blotted gave him a new one all unspotted and into his tired heart I cried do better now my child I went to the throne with a trembling heart the day was done. Have you a new day for media master? I’ve spoiled this one He took my day all soiled and blotted gave me a new one all unspotted and into my tired heart He cried do better now my child God’s forgiveness God’s forgiveness is his provision for you and for me Thirdly his equipment in suffering his equipment in suffering. I Wrote a book along with my colleague from Oxford Vince Vitale It’s called why suffering and one of my chapters included how the various are the worldviews deal with suffering? There are no answers there There are no answers there, but you turned to the Gospel writers and you turned to the teachings of Jesus Who reminds you and me that he took our suffering took our wounds took our transgressions and not only that how he equips us how he Empowers us how he indwells us in order to be able to walk through this lonely life and through this journey You may be feeling some pain today. I don’t know what it is It may be a relationship. That is just broken It may be Lions you have crossed It may be physical maladies that your nurturing it may be financial struggles it may be your home that you’re weeping over and struggle to find some positive responses and a time like this Suffering is a real part of life We feel it again and again and again prior to my first back surgery after I injured my back I remember the days I would sit in my car and pull over into a parking spot and put my head on the steering wheel and Just cry my heart out with the agony with which I was having to live and traveling wasn’t helping me any Pain is a terrible thing and you take that pain into your heart. It becomes almost unbearable at that point and life is punctuated by suffering But I want to tell you something that no other Worldview will give to you this response. I want you to listen to me very very carefully This is written by James Stewart of Scotland Brilliant thought it is a glorious phrase that our Lord led captivity captive The very triumphs of his foes. It means to use for their defeat He compelled their dark achievements to subserve his ends. Not theirs They nailed him to the tree not knowing that by that very act. They were bringing the world to his feet They gave him a cross not guessing that he would make it a throne They flung him outside the gates to die not knowing that at that very moment They were lifting up all the gates of the universe to let the King of glory come in They thought to root out his doctrines not Understanding that they were implanting imperishable in the hearts of men the very name they intended to destroy They thought they had God with his back to the wall pinned and helpless and defeated They did not know it was God Himself who had tracked them down to that point He conquered not in spite of the dark mystery of evil. He conquered through it He conquered not in spite of the dark mystery of evil He conquered through it through the process of suffering. You realize how finite you are and how desperately you need the very presence of God to carry you through the hymn writer Annie Johnston Flint who was orphaned early in life and then later on had rheumatoid arthritis Lost control over internal organs became incontinent Blind and cancer invaded her body Her biography is called the making of the beautiful Orphaned incontinent arthritic cancerous blind She wrote many hymns one of them was this he giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater He sendeth more strength when the Labors increase; to added afflictions He addeth his mercy, to multiply trials His multiplied peace. When we have exhausted our store of endurance, When our strength has failed ere the day is half-done, When we reach the end of our hoarded resources Our father’s full giving is only begun. His love has no limit. His Grace has no measure His power has no boundaries known unto men; For out of His infinite riches in Jesus He giveth and giveth and giveth again As I talked to you there’s a gentleman who may be listening right now Stunned a few days ago to find out he’s got a tumor in his brain That may be inoperable with his young family And I was talking to him on the phone just two days ago And as he wept he said Ravi, I’d love to live a little longer. I really would love to live a little longer But as I’m here talking to you I want whatever God wants for me and want him to walk through this valley Through this shadow as I walk through these dark days. I don’t know what you’re going through But I want you to know Christ in you is that hope for glory Christ in you that can took turn the darkest disappointments into his appointment to conquer not in spite of it but to conquer through it So here it is. He describes your condition provides for your malady provides equipment and suffering Fourthly and quickly how he bridges time? Please listen to me because my final point is on the verge of starting and will be important how he bridges time. The existentialist lives for the moment the traditionalist lives for the past the utopianist lives for the future the existentialist for the present the utopianist for the Future the traditionalist for the past and as I look at what Jesus did for you and for me? He took bread and when he broke it go back go back for a moment existentialist for the moment traditionalist for the past utopianist for the future He took bread and broke It said as often as you eat of this bread and drink of this cup now You proclaim the Lord’s death in the past until he come in the future He gave meaning to all of time you see time is the canvas on which You present your portrait eternity is the keyhole that takes you into the gallery that gives you the whole story. You may just think it’s your story right now One day you will look through the keyhole of eternity and see his entire plan Just as the men on a mayor’s Road had all of history opened up to them and went with their eyes open when he broke that bread and Suddenly all of history was opened up to them young people. Don’t forget the past Don’t just live for the moment make sure you engage the future all of History is fused with his meaning because history is ultimately his story It’s his story And I bring you then to the final and That is the entire truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ The resurrection of Jesus Christ and I want to take you through three simple thoughts here first the people That it transformed number two what it means for you and me and number three how it applies to History, so please give me your undivided attention now. I want you to follow me This is critical that we understand that the resurrection is not merely a motif How it defines all of history. So the first thing I want to say to you is Precisely the transformation of just even three lives forget the others Peter Peter the fluctuating ever impulsive Peter He said you are the Christ the Son of the Living God and Jesus said to him Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you But my father who is in heaven But as soon as that was said and Jesus told him about the cross and what lay ahead Peter wanted to have nothing to do with that. Here he goes again fluctuating fluctuating fluctuating the Transformation of Peter so that he was willing ultimately to be crucified upside down and take the leadership of the church and carried that message and tell you and me to always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us and remember what he said He had been witness to some great scenes he had seen the Transfiguration of our Lord the whitest white that the eye could ever see the brightest light that the I could ever see so that he fell flat on his face when the Transfiguration took place as he is blinded and when he got up, he says Lord, let’s not go down there He didn’t want to go back to that darkness anymore And Jesus I know we got work to do and Peter is the one who said but now we have the word of the prophets made most certain He gives us the written word to carry. He had seen the resurrected Christ Not merely the transfigured secondly Thomas Thomas who said I’m not gonna believe until I reach on the side and feel that side and feel those hands Jesus presented himself to him Thomas went to my Homeland my ancestors come from the state of Kerala Which is where Thomas set foot on Indian soil to present the gospel to the Indian people after he felt the side and touched the hands he looked at him on his knees and he said How curious mo author or small my lord and my god? Saul of Tarsus who was persecuting and killing the Christians he gets a glimpse of this risen Christ and Ended up writing one third of the New Testament all three of them had one thing in common They all saw the risen Christ all three of them had another thing in common. They paid with their lives. Just three lives think of all the thousands Here’s what I want to leave you with as the second thought in 1971 when I was in my twenties I was asked to come and speak in Vietnam. I lived in Canada at that time and there was invited by the chaplains American chaplains and ministered to the American forces and the Korean forces the Austral I was only in my mid-20s I had one tiny sermon book that I put into my pocket had a handful of sermons and preached them again and again and again My interpreter was a 17-year old young man Thousands came to Christ and it triggered the revival in Vietnam Somebody handed me a poem before I left. Remember I’m in my 20s my dearest 17 and the Vietnam revival broke out by the preaching of two young men Here’s what that piece of paper said written by a U.S. Marine Lord God I have never spoken to you but now I want to say How do you do you see God they told me you didn’t exist and like a fool I believed all this last night from a shell hole. I saw your sky I figured right then they had told me a lie. Had I taken time to see the things you made I’d have known they weren’t calling a spade a spade I wonder God if you’ll take my hand somehow. I feel that you’ll understand funny I had to come to this hellish place before I had time to see your face Well, I guess there isn’t much more to say but I’m sure glad God I met you today I guess 0r will soon be here, but I’m not afraid since I know you’re near the signal Well God, I’ll have to go I like you lots. I want you to know look now This will be a horrible fight. Who knows. I may come to your house tonight, though I wasn’t friendly to you before I wonder God if you’d wait at your door. Look I’m crying. I’m shedding tears I’ll have to go now. God. Goodbye Strange now since I met you, I’m not afraid to die It’s an amazing little statement and I want to just read it for you But I want to make sure I get it right and after that statement a quote Will Durant There is no greater drama in human record than the sight of a few Christians scorned or oppressed by a succession of emperors Bearing all trials with a fierce tenacity Multiplying quietly building order while the enemies generated chaos fighting the sword with the word Brutality with hope and at last defeating the strongest state that history had ever known Caesar and Jesus Christ had met in the arena and Jesus Christ had won Caesar and Christ had met in the arena and Christ had won with a handful of disciples. I Close with this and I want you to listen to every word Because I want you to take it to heart and then bow your head quietly in prayer and make a fresh commitment Malcolm Muggeridge said this one of the most powerful statements I’ve ever heard. It’s been years and years since I quoted it I’m doing my best to recover and recall what it said, so please follow me now Muggeridge says this we look back upon history and What do we see? empires rising and falling Revolutions and counter-revolutions wealth accumulated and wealth disbursed Shakespeare has spoken of the rise and fall of great ones, which have been flow with the moon I look back upon my own fellow countrymen in England once upon a time dominating a quarter of the world most of them convinced in the words of what is still a popular song that the God who made the mighty Shall make them mightier yet I had heard a crazed cracked Austrian announced to the world the establishment of a Reich that would last a thousand years I’ve seen an Italian clown saying he was going to stop and restart the calendar with own ascension to power I’ve heard murderous Georgian bryggen in the Kremlin a claim by the Intellectual elite of the world as a wiser than Solomon more humane than Marcus Aurelius more enlightened than Ashoka I have seen America Wealthier and in terms of military weaponry more powerful than the rest of the world put together so that had the American people so desired they could have outdone a Caesar or an Alexander in the range and scale of their conquests all in one lifetime all in one lifetime all gone Gone with the Wind England part of a tiny island of the coast of Europe threatened with dismemberment and even bankruptcy Hitler and Mussolini dead remembered only in infamy Stalin a forbidden name in the regime. He helped found and dominate for some three decades America haunted by fears of running out of those precious fluids that keeps her motorways roaring in the smog settling with troubled memories of a disastrous campaign in Vietnam and the mists endure And the shenanigans of the Don Quixote eyes of the media as they charge the windmills of Watergate all in one lifetime all in one lifetime Beside the debris of the solemn Superman and self-styled Imperial diplomatists stands the gigantic figure of one person because of whom by whom in whom and through whom alone Mankind might still have peace the person of Jesus Christ Ladies and gentlemen Surrender to him Love him follow him Serve him Live for him and take his message Wherever you go because these solemn supermen and imperial diplomatists will someday someday litter Some desert terrain or some museum somewhere They can dance all they want on the grave of Jesus he’s not there He rose again He describes your heart. He provides for your malady. He equips you in suffering He puts meaning into every moment in history and he conquers death Through the resurrection from the grave. Those are only a handful of thoughts There’s a lot more that I could say god bless you

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  1. QUESTION: 2 Thessalonians 2:10: "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved",  says salvation  is directly dependent on the truth;  and 2 Thessalonians 2:13 relates that the only "believers" who wont take the big lie of the beast are the ones who have allowed themselves to be sanctified by (not only, the calling on the name of Jesus; but by ) the  assimilation of truth  The truth is who Jesus, the name you want to hinge salvation on only, is said to be).   So, He does not appreciate your disappreciating how important exact truth is to what you believe and act on.   2 Thessalonians 2:13 "But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth".  Which means; if you dont receiving being dedicated to only truth, that might occasion one into accepting lies, which can cost him or her to be damned.  This is the route satan is heading in with the beast.  Lies can and will damn you;  it will blot out your name from the book of life, since you no longer believe in Jesus who claims to be the truth.  Its advisable to check and make sure of anything you are accepting; since any dougbt is a warning of sin which can damn you.

  2. The gospel by which we're saved. We're under Paul's ministry today. Therefore we're not under the law of the old testament. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (KJV)1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

    And that takes us back to John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. So it's only by GRACE that we are saved not by works. Jesus did all the work and gave us GRACE (unmerited favor) as long as we have FAITH (believe) in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for SALVATION (trust in his blood). That's the gospel. Jesus said, Ye must be born again to enter into the kingdom.(accept Jesus as your SAVIOR)

  3. Hi Ravi, You have so much to give through the living spirit of God, I pray that God will put a stop on your age growth.

  4. • The image of an old man is given to God for the reason that everyone, independently from his IQ, AGE OF EXISTENCE, Can form a mental picture of him. IT IS NOT THIS way because GOD is an old-bearded man. IT IS because of us and for US. You wouldn't give God image of an astronaut right?
    Why? Because think about the people 1000+ years ago? Is this astronaut suit going to mean anything to them? Nope, because they are not advanced enough to comprehend it. They have never seen one. But they HAVE SEEN AN OLD MEN. Right?
    Everyone gets old 🙂

    if you say, I don't believe your bible nonsense about angels, flying horses and such. Ok, think about this : If you go back in time and put some random 5 year old kid next to ALBERT EINSTEIN, HOW IS ALBERT GOING TO TALK, communicate with this kid? IS HE GOING TO USE HIS ENTIRE KNOWLEDGE or HE WILL use words that are suitable with the kid's present state of mind and development? Of course he will use the words suitable with the kid's present mentality. And so JESUS DID. Back 2000 years ago, he has had used words that people back then have HAD IN THEIR LIVES. If he had used advanced airplanes instead of flying HORSES people wouldn't have been able to form an image about what he is talking..

  5. • SOME OF The suffering Jesus Christ went in the last days.

    Medical experts, historians and archaeologists have examined in detail the execution that Jesus Christ voluntarily endured.

    All agree that he suffered one of the most gruelling and painful forms of capital punishment ever devised by man.

    Here is a brief summary of some of the things we know about his last hours from history, archaeology and medicine…

    Severe stress, even before the abuse began Jesus had the weight of the world on his shoulders.

    Even before the crucifixion began, he clearly had physical symptoms associated with severe stress.

    The night before the execution, his disciples reported seeing Jesus in “agony” on the Mount of Olives. Not only did he not sleep all night, but he seems to have been sweating profusely.

    So great was the stress that tiny blood vessels were rupturing in his sweat glands and emitting as great red drops that fell to the ground (see Luke 22:44). This symptom of severe stress is called hematohidrosis.

    Jesus was physically exhausted and in danger of going into shock unless he received fluids (which he apparently did not).

    This is the man that the Roman soldiers tortured. Torture by beating with Roman scourges.

    Most say Having previously been beaten by the Jews, it was now the Romans’ turn.

    The beatings administered by Roman soldiers are well known to be very bloody, leaving lacerations all over the body.

    Romans designed their whips to cut the flesh from their victim’s bodies.

    These beatings were designed to be painful to the extreme.

    It would also cause a fluid build up around his lungs.

    In addition, a crown of thorns was forced into his scalp which was capable of severely irritating major nerves in his head, causing increasing and excruciating pain, as the hours wore on.

    In Christ’s severely stressed condition, these beatings were easily enough to kill him.

    His body was horribly bruised, cut and bleeding.

    Having had no nourishment for many hours, and having lost fluids through profuse sweating and much bleeding, Jesus would have been severely dehydrated.

    This brutal torture would certainly be sending him into what doctors call “shock,” and shock kills.

    In addition, Jesus was forced to carry the the wooden beam on which he would die.

    Imagine the effect of carrying a heavy weight if you were in that condition.

    Crucifixion Hung completely naked before the crowd, the pain and damage caused by crucifixion were designed to be so devilishly intense that one would continually long for death, but could linger for days with no relief.

    According to Dr. Frederick Zugibe, piercing of the median nerve of the hands with a nail can cause pain so incredible that even morphine won’t help, “severe, excruciating, burning pain, like lightning bolts traversing the arm into the spinal cord.”

    Rupturing the foot’s plantar nerve with a nail would have a similarly horrible effect.

    Furthermore, the position of the body on a cross is designed to make it extremely difficult to breathe.

    Frederick Farrar described the intended, torturous effect: “For indeed a death by crucifixion seems to include all that pain and death can have of horrible and ghastly—dizziness, cramp, thirst, starvation, sleeplessness, traumatic fever, tetanus, shame, publicity of shame, long continuance of torment, horror of anticipation, mortification of untended wounds—all intensified just up to the point at which they can be endured at all, but all stopping just short of the point which would give to the suffer the relief of unconsciousness.

    ” One doctor has called it “a symphony of pain” produced by every movement, with every breath; even a slight breeze on his skin could bring screaming pain at this point.

    Medical examiner, Dr. Frederick Zugibe, believes Christ died from shock due to loss of blood and fluid, plus traumatic shock from his injuries, plus cardiogenic shock causing Christ’s heart to fail.

    At the ninth hour (the time at which a sacrificial lamb was killed everyday in the Jewish temple), Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated,“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” and soon died, after saying “It is finished.”

    At about this moment is probably the time when the temple’s priestly ram’s horn would have been blown that day, announcing that the priests had completed the sacrifice of the lamb for the sins of Israel.

    Also at that moment, the great, thick curtain that closed the Holy of Holies room from view, ripped open from top to bottom. —Mark 15:34 and Matthew 27:46

    James Thompson believed that Jesus did not die from exhaustion, the beatings or the 3 hours of crucifixion, but that he died from agony of mind producing rupture of the heart.

    His evidence comes from what happened when the Roman soldier pierced Christ’s left side.

    The spear released a sudden flow of blood and water (John 19:34).

    Not only does this prove that Jesus was already dead when pierced, but Thompson believes it is also evidence of cardiac rupture.

    Respected physiologist Samuel Houghton believed that only the combination of crucifixion and rupture of the heart could produce this result.

    There is no question that it was painful beyond words.

    Biblically, it is clear that Jesus chose and willed His moment of death. That moment was induced not by pain, emotional stress, heart attack, or any other, but by His will.

    Though fully human, He is also fully divine. As God, He could not die from external sources, but only of His own volition and will.

    Near the end, a criminal beside him mocked, “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us.” Little did this sinner know that the man he was speaking to hung there voluntarily.

    He was speaking to our Creator, capable of releasing all the power in the universe and beyond, and easily saving himself.

    Jesus remained in this agony and shame, not because he was powerless, but because of his incredible love for humanity.

    He suffered to provide the needed way of salvation for you and me.

    AND yet people are calling cursing him, spitting on his images and many worse things.

    • Think about this, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN when you FACE GOD one day. What your excuse would be in front of him, even though Jesus went through all of that above??? You have a job, bring other people, souls to Jesus. Grow.

  6. Man, This Man of God is From India. I'm just proud of Him and How God is using him all over the world. The accent and the vocabulary he is using is just beyond comprehensive. Wish I could learn in that way.

    I'm just Blessed!!!

  7. The promise of SAtan is freedom from God’s law…. I wonder what the the great deception is??? Wake up people! Yahushua said He only came for the Lost Sheep of Israel. Read Psalms 119 which ends by calling himself a lost sheep. Come out of her my people!!!

  8. RAVI DO YOU LOVE JESUS ??? IF YOU DO WHEN LAST DID YOU OBSERVE THE SABBATH DAY TO KEEP IT HOLY ?? JESUS SAID IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS ;:%# IF YOU WOULD HAVE ETERNAL LIFE KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS .,…;:TO BELIEVE JESUS YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO OBEY HIM ;.…:

  9. Can someone help me with this question? I once heard about someone who, when asked why he believed in the existence of God, answered, "Because of the Jew." Does anyone know who said this? I'd be grateful for any help.

  10. Supreme knowledge available to all. God's love for us is the most incredible thing to witness. Thank you dear Ravi Zacharias for your teaching.

  11. This is a great sermon. But wasn't he in a scandal? I just heard of it and want to know.

  12. Since Bart Ehrman has convincingly proved the Crucifixion story is embellished pseudo-historical nonsense, we can say that its simply a well scripted story. Which is why it delivers on so many of the points you suggest. If God wanted to spread a reliable message, he could have waited for Youtube and modern technology. It's not like he hasn't got time to spare lol.

  13. You might also want to address the recent charge of child molestation aimed at Ravi.

  14. God saved us 2000 years ago. When Adam stopped listening to his father and started following his flesh (wife) he was 'cast out' of his father's presence. He could no longer enter his father's presence and commune with him 'face to face.' Directly, without 3rd party mediators. God used mediators, priests, prophets, messengers, UNTIL the time of reconciliation of mankind to his father again and all 3rd parties were eliminated. That took place in 70 AD. We have been 'raised up' with Christ to the former position that Adam had with his father, as a SON, not as a SERVANT/SLAVE to a MASTER. We all have direct access to our father anytime, anywhere and have no need of 3rd party mediators, priests, prophets, messengers, etc. Lk 17:20-24. Jeremiah 31:34; Heb 8:11.

    Enter his presence by faith in the good news/gospel via the name of JESUS. Commune with him 'face to face' which means DIRECTLY without a 3rd party.

  15. It would be impossible to exterminate 12,000 people a day, especially by cremation.

  16. Absolutely wonderful …a real prestine speaker for our saviour thank–you…………RAVI……

  17. If Pilate would of waited for the answer, I believe Christ would of answered " I'am the truth the way and the life"

  18. Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit from Jesus. You shall be the happiest on earth. But cannot enjoy life on earth.

  19. Let the gods words spread all over the world and bring them all into Jesus.

  20. How can I have you come and present the Love of Jesus at our Church?

  21. yes and some of us have to suffer with Christ.. it ain't no cakewalk..

  22. God's Wisdom & perfection are manifesting through Ravi, GOD BLESS YOU 💓💓💓
    I do believe that JESUS enjoys listening to the HOLY SPIRIT speaking through Ravi 💓💓💓 Thank You Jesus that You have given this wonderful son of Yours 💓 HALLELUJAH 💓

  23. Thank You Jesus for YOU have given us this wonderful son of Yours 💓 JESUS 💓

  24. It's a privilege to be able to listen to this beautiful and righteous man.

  25. Smartest wisest man walking around period wow wow that’s awesome talking

  26. What was spoken here. What you just heard. Don't call it a poem, a speech, a musing or a song. It's the words of man who's experienced the love and life of God through His Son Jesus Christ. A man who knew the emptiness of life and the hopelessness of a world without Him and is now on the other side of those things. These words ring true in the heart of every born again believer who has trusted in Christ as their Savior and has been adopted into the Family of the Almighty. This is possible for all those who believe and will call on Jesus Christ for mercy, forgiveness and salvation. Change the direction of your heart, your life and mind. Turn to Christ and learn what it means to have life, peace and hope everlasting and these words spoken here can be yours.

  27. Such a brilliant message,praise the Lord, hallelujah, Glory to God!

  28. I am so thankful that I get to hear this man and listen his Teachings

  29. Thank you so much for the message. This guy is a True genius. =)

  30. WHY IS NACISM USED IN THE SPEECH FROM THE CHRISTIAN LIDER WHEN HITLER WANTED TO DEFEND CHRISTIANITY FROM JUDAISM AND TO SAVE THE EUROPE?? WHY PEOPLE SPEAK ABOUT THINGS THAT THEY DIDNT DONE NO PRIER RESEARCH ABOUT??

  31. We couldn't see the extent of "it is finished" the earth quaked and the rock split at the foot of the Cross, Christs blood was released by the Roman soldier who pierced his side. While Six hundred years earlier The Ark of the Covenant was moved.. Solomon prepared for its hiding and Jeremiah moved it precisely under the cross yet future! GOLGOTHA.

    THE WITNESS OF THE BLOOD IN THE STARS.. REVELATION 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

    The Rabbi's keep the tablets of stone and the blood (testimony) found on the mercy seat.

    I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourn for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

    ENMITY is what exists now the solution is in the Fathers witness!

    1 John 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 10 He that believe on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believe not God hath made him a liar; because he believe not the record that God gave of his Son.

    For it is by His grace we are rescued, through faith; and this is not of yourselves, but it is the gift of Elohim. (when opened). 9. Not of works, or else anyone glory (in themselves). 10. For we are His creation who are created in Y'shua the Mashiyach for good works which Elohim has before prepared for us to walk in. 11. Wherefore be mindful that you formerly were carnal Gentiles; and you were called the uncircumcision by that which is called the circumcision of which is the work of the hands in the flesh. 12. And you were, at that time, without the Mashiyach; and were aliens from the Devarim of Israel; and strangers to the covenant of the promise; and were without hope and without Elohim in the world. 13. But now, by Y'shua the Mashiyach, you who before were afar off, have been brought near by the Blood of the Mashiyach. 14. He is Himself our peace, who has
    made the two (become) ONE <– NO ONE TEACHES THIS !!
    and has demolished the Wall which stood in the midst, and the Enmity, by his flesh. 15. And in his flesh (the) enmity and regulations of commands (contained) in his commandments are ABOLISHED that in himself he might make the two into ONE, establishing peace. 16. And has reconciled BOTH with Elohim in one body and has slain the enmity by his stake(of execution). 31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: 33 but this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

    THE VEIL. Second Corinthians 3:6-18 Who has fitted us to be ministers of the renewed covenant, not in the letter, but in the spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7. Now if the ministration of death was engraved upon stones in writing, and was so glorious that the children of Israel could not look at the face of Moshe on account of the glory upon his face which vanished away; 8. How then will not the ministration of the Spirit be still be more glorious? 9. For if there was glory in the ministration of condemnation, how much more will the ministration of righteousness excel in glory? 10. For that which was glorious was as if not glorious in comparison with this which excels in glory. 11.For if that (condemnation) WHICH IS ABOLISHED was glorious, much more must, that which abides be glorious! 12. Seeing therefore we have THIS HOPE, we the more speak with boldness 13. And are not like Moshe, who threw the veil over his face that the children of Israel might not behold the termination of that (condemnation)which was ABOLISHED! 14. But they were blinded in their understanding because until this day, when the ancient Covenant is read, the same veil rests upon them; NOR IS IT MANIFEST (to them), that it (condemnation) is ABOLISHED by the Mashiyach. 15. And to this day, when Moshe is read, a veil is thrown upon their hearts. 16. But when any of them is turned to master YHWH, is the veil taken from him. 17. Now Master YHWH Himself is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of Master YHWH is, there is freedom. 18. And we all, with uncovered faces, behold as in a mirror the glory of Master YHWH ; and are transformed into the same likeness, from glory to glory, as by Master YHWH the SPIRIT!

    https://youtu.be/hnxmoF0UZhc Rabbi Chaim Richman

    https://youtu.be/qAFtormiU_0 3 minutes

    https://youtu.be/CsjusN6VVko 56 minutes

    There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: The right hand of the Lord does valiantly; the right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly. His blood is sprinkled on the right hand side of the Mercy Seat! Psalm 118.

    https://youtu.be/5UG1BewWd74 Isaiah 53 is the first gospel!

    I did meet with the archeologist Vendyl Jones in 1983. His person was modeled in the Harrison Ford character. (endy) He at that time believed he had found Zadok's tomb. He was given use of the copper scroll, which was an impression map and located many hidden temple treasures. According to Vendyl the Israelis wouldn't let him go after the Ark and he knew it's location was shown on the copper scroll. Vendyl was the second archeologist to confirm the Arks location.

    Scripture reference regarding the Ark finding. https://youtu.be/-lxUxhwrK0o

  32. Praying for Mr. Zacharias… May the Lord guard and protect you in all your ways as you follow after Christ. May the Lord strengthen you. May His favor rest upon you and your family as you serve Jesus. No one is like our Lord… God is good.

  33. I love you O Blessed Trinity. We are made in your image, so like you, our human family is as a father, a mother and a child, yet we are really as one in Spirit and essence, if we receive You, and only because of You Jesus; may Your personification reign eternal in all of our hearts. +

  34. By reason of age, he will pass away some day. God give us another man who will confront the philosophy of this word with wisdom of Your words.

  35. I hate God he hates me i have terrible days every day and every one else believes in some one who is a bitch person hate that God go burn in hell butch

  36. U r a compulsive liar Ravi. I can't see something exceptionally great abt Jesus.

    It was St Paul who wrote d Bible long after d passing of Jesus. Jesus spoke nothing abt d versus from d Bible… So, now it is established that u r lying.

    Not even God cld save Jesus from being tortured by d Roman soldiers n crucified. N to claim that Jesus rose from being dead remains a myth to be argued till d end of life.

    Dear Ravi, u speak well but it does not mean that all u speak is truth. U speak yr mind no doubt but all u know is so limited abt d unlimited Mr Bruce All Mighty.

    Wassallam

  37. My oldest son said to me while we spoke about mankind. Something ive never heard anyone say. He said dad. I feel sorry for God. He loves us so much and this is how we repay him. We hurt him everyday.

  38. Ravi Jesus is really but Christianty or other Religan not really..all religan not true…God was making so many mistek to let Humen heat each other and kill each other for Religian? İf we are with out of Religian we will love each other…

  39. Suffering is a real part of life, Trust in God~ Follow Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour and KJV Holy Bible

  40. Can I ask you a few questions. 

    Does the Creator have a Name, if so, what is it? Scripture asks this question!

        Pro 30:4  Who has gone up to the heavens and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who established all the     ends of the earth? What is His Name, And what is His Son’s Name, If you know it? 

    What does it mean when Scripture tells us to keep the Sabbath?

    Exo 20:8  “Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart. 

    Who was born the 25th of December, and why do you celebrate it?

    How do you get 3 days and 3 nights from Good Friday to Sunday?

        Mat 12:40  “For as Yonah was three days and three nights in the stomach of the great fish, so shall the Son of Aḏam be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

  41. While I find it disturbing that this evangelist has a shady background, he sure is a talented speaker for entertainment purposes.

  42. He is talking about the NEWS MEDIA'S feeding people with hate, their lies, deceiving the people they claimed to serve, but stealing from them, leading them into the Destruction they prepared for themselves and everyone believing in them.

  43. Victor Frankl lied about time spent at Auschwitz… http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v20/v20n5p10_frankl.html
    https://rense.com/general53/aauz.htm Auschwitz Museum Director
    Reveals 'Gas Chamber' Hoax
    Truth does not fear investigation…

  44. The Greatest man in History.He had no servants,yet they called Him Master.Had no degree,yet they called Him Teacher.Had no medicines,yet they called Him a Healer.He had no army,yet kings feared Him.He won no military battles,yet He conquered the world.He committed no crimes,yet they crucified Him.He buried in a tomb,yet He lives today.His name is JESUS.

  45. Ravi if he understands The Holy Bible fully he would have been Catholic

  46. When will Ravi be held responsible for his academic misrepresentation and online affair with Lori Anne Thompson? Does celebrity status, legal resources and influential connections matter more than TRUTH?

    The academic issues are as follows:

    1. Ravi claiming to be a "visiting scholar at Cambridge University" when he was on sabbatical for 3 months at Ridley Hall (a Church of England training center) in the city of Cambridge. Cambridge University has explicitly denied in an official letter that they ever invited him as a visiting scholar. What he really did was to sit in on one or two courses at the university due to close proximity.

    2. Ravi saying that he is lecturer at Oxford University when the university has also denied in an official letter that he was never a lecturer or a professor there at any time.

    3. Ravi claiming on his website that he has been conferred with "8 doctoral degrees" without disclosing that they were honorary. A number of his books (in the backcover) state that he was "educated at Cambridge University." As mentioned earlier, he never studied nor was he ever a visiting scholar at Cambridge University.

    4. Ravi repeatedly saying (you can check various youtube videos) that he studied "quantum physics" under John Polkinghorne at Cambridge University in 1990 when Dr. Polkinghorne stopped teaching Physics in 1979. Additionally, Ravi was never a student or visiting scholar at Cambridge University to begin with.

    5. Ravi declaring that he lectures at universities like Harvard and Yale when all these events were organized by Christian groups and local churches which would rent an auditorium on the university campus to hold the meetings. For instance, one of the organizers for the Harvard event was the Chinese Holy Ghost Fellowship.

    6. Ravi saying that he was the Chair of a Department that did not exist at the institution where he taught in the 80's.

    7. Ravi stating that he won a prestigious international "All Asian Preaching Award" when what he actually participated in was a local preaching contest organized by Youth For Christ (YFC) in India. Steve Baughman spoke to all three judges who were at the competition and they have confirmed that Ravi's claims are false.

    8. Ravi states that his first book was based on lectures delivered at the Bell Labs in New Jersey but they have absolutely no record of him.

    9. Why did Ravi and RZIM completely change the content on their website after all the misrepresentations became public? Obviously, because they were marketing lies!

    Secondly, the online affair issue boils down to the following:

    1. Why did Ravi threaten suicide in his email to Lori Anne Thompson?

    2. Why does he accuse Lori of betraying him in the email?

    3. Why does Ravi ask Lori to meet with him before disclosing his name to her husband?

    4. Why does Ravi ask Lori if she was going to reveal his name to her husband and plead with her to meet him in person before doing anything?

    5. Why did he not report to the RZIM board when he started receiving the nude picture from Lori? Why did he continue to engage Lori for quite sometime (as he himself admits) till the demand for 5 million?

    6. Why has he nor RZIM denied anything from the emails?

    Much of the evidence, including letters from institutions, emails etc. can be found on ​raviwatch.com

  47. Why do you hold on to an s like a snake hissing? Makes me wonder about who you really are!!!!!!!! Are you a reptile????????????

  48. As a result of the holocaust why is it the Jews turn around and hate the Palestinians so much? Then the Zionist Jews hate the black whose soldiers helped rescue them from those camps.

  49. I've never heard a man like this in my whole life. What a wisdom and a gift to our world.

  50. Trying to convince people through apologetics isn't necessarily a Biblical thing. Christ said that we are to believe as children, not once were we told to examine the Bible in a way of too much thought, because if we try to understand the mind of God, it does us more wrong. We are to believe the Word as truth, period.

  51. What the actual fuck. God isn't true. God is a by-product of human imagination. Let's just focus on logic

  52. I'm crying and praying that the lord will raise many ambassadors for Christ like this man of God.

  53. I very much want to believe. I can’t seem to get there. I study often. I pray daily. I ask that the one true G-d let me know please if Jesus is all he says he is. Why can’t I get there? What do I lack? Why am I so lacking? I console myself with the idea that maybe, maybe, the one true G-d wants me to search and not know for longer… maybe, just maybe I could be meant to find a answer to my own question that is needed for others? I only hope I don’t die before I find that answer. I can’t lie and just say I believe… because I don’t know! I like the ideas of Jesus, but I would be heartbroken if I had chosen wrongly and offended the one true G-d… I am so lost… I want to not wander any more. I am very depressed, life is very hard. Very best wishes to you all and may you all find the truth, what ever the actual truth really is.

  54. Please pray for me. I love the Lord but I'm starting to feel as if my relationship with Him is on a superficial level and not deep and intimate. I'm searching for happiness in people, places, and things but to no avail. I'm battling pain – I'm not sure where it's coming from and neither are the doctors. My anxiety and depression are increasing daily.

    I give up trying to come up with solutions. God please help me!

  55. Ravi your encester ok s from hindu.,
    After u converted to Kristian u want to show to all the people how great u are.
    Bullshit.

  56. Snake oil salesmen. Teaching mythology as factual truth. Zero evidence. Contradictory scripture. Hypocritical christians. But,it’s a good tax free business.

  57. WOW! God bless this man always and forever ❤ Thank you JESUS!! AMEN AND AMEN

  58. *I lov his preach coz
    No drama
    No super actions
    No magic
    No gimmicks
    No hypnotism
    Just gods love and wisdom and humble.god bless u*

  59. Thank you Ravi for sharing your wisdom and knowledge with us all… Much love ❤ To God be the glory!

  60. Blessings Ravî one review the greatest truth ever👌lightning burden has shaken in one’, lifetime of gratitude 🙏 Jesus our saviour going from glory to glory doing miracles & wonderful greatest things.Believe Him & receive all miracles.✝️

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