Resurrection and New Life Day 17 – Resurrection in My Life: A Testimonial
“The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:22-24, ESV)
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24, ESV)
“After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’ A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:28-30, ESV)
In our study of resurrection, I’d like to discuss a personal story of resurrection in my life—the salvation of my soul. From my youngest age, my parents made sure that I was out to every gospel service our church had. I was in Sunday school classes, gospel services, gospel series, Bible conferences, vacation Bible schools… pretty much anywhere that the Bible was opened and the message of Christ’s sacrifice was preached.
I was blessed to hear the gospel, to know that I was a sinner and that Christ died for me, and to know that He is the only way to Heaven. However, I became so accustomed to this message that I went many years of my childhood without caring about salvation. I didn’t feel like I was in danger because, as a child, I thought I was so far from the end of my life, and the prospect of Hell was a lifetime away.
It wasn’t until my mother started playing the Left Behind tape series in the car that the fear of the Rapture started to take hold of me. When those tapes were on in the car, I would have rather been anywhere else in the world than there. I tried to plug my ears, distract myself, or think about anything other than the Rapture. I was terrified at the thought of being left behind. I knew my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many of my cousins and siblings were saved, and that if the Lord returned, I would be left alone.
Thinking about the Rapture brought great grief to my young heart and I began to try to get saved. I remember talking with preachers, reading verses, praying, and lying in bed late at night while trying as hard as I could to believe and get saved. I would try to believe so hard that I was on the verge of tears, but I still wasn’t saved. It wasn’t until one Sunday night in Hickory, North Carolina, sitting in a gospel service much like the thousands I had sat in before, that I came to know the Lord Jesus as my Savior.
My dad was telling his testimony, a story I had heard enough times in my life that I could have told it myself. I wasn’t particularly paying attention until the very end, when he described how the moment he got saved he said, “Well, if that’s it, then I’m saved.” I never thought about believing and faith in that way. He didn’t say believe, faith, trust, or anything like that; he gave a real-life example of what true faith looks like. In that moment, I trusted Christ. I was no longer dead in my sins but I passed from death unto life. My life and eternity were changed in an instant, and my new life began on July 24, 2005.
I hope that if you aren’t saved, this story of resurrection will convict you of your sins and cause you to consider the matter of your soul’s greatest need. Today can be the day that you pass from death to life. For those who are saved, I pray that this will be an encouragement to continue to live out our salvation and consider how blessed we are to know the Lord Jesus as our Savior.