“Just too good to be true!”
Have you ever uttered that phrase (or simply thought it)? Perhaps you were in one of those “story swapping” conversations where one person tells a story, then another tries to top it, and then someone tells a “real doozey” and you find yourself thinking… “That’s just too good to be true!” You found yourself thinking the word “incredulous” about their account (look that one up in the dictionary !)
You almost feel like a story like that defies belief… Hey it just couldn’t happen!… It couldn’t be true!… Someone is exaggerating here!!!
But what if what is “just too good to be true” … IS TRUE?
Well I read an account in Scripture this morning that was just like that…
“He [Jesus] appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her THEY WOULD NOT BELIEVE IT!
“After these things He appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, BUT THEY DID NOT BELIEVE THEM!
“Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and HE REBUKED THEM FOR THEIR UNBELIEF AND HARDNESS OF HEART, BECAUSE THEY HAD NOT BELIEVED THOSE WHO SAW HIM AFTER HE HAD RISEN.” (From Mark 16:9-14 ESV)
Hey this is a big deal! It’s not just about swapping stories around the water cooler at work or the campfire!
Romans 10:9 in the Bible puts it this way… “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved!”
In another place this declaration… “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain! We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that He raised Christ… And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins! (1 Corinthians 15:14-18 ESV)
It may seem “just too good to be true” but your eternal welfare and mine depends on being true! Apostle Paul had to believe it for his salvation… so do I!
This is what he said, “I delivered to you AS OF FIRST IMPORTANCE what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas [Peter], then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than 500 at one time, most of whom are still alive… then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, he appeared to me!” (1 Corinthians 15:3-8 ESV)
Hey, I BELIEVE IT! More than that, I STAKE MY ETERNAL FUTURE AND SALVATION ON IT BEING TRUE! Hope you do as well!