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Jan 05, 2016 by Rik Bokelman

"The Most Powerful Weapon Is The Truth"

"We are living in these days of dark times. I have been an itinerant for over four decades, covered over 70 countries and scores of campuses –I have never sensed a time as uncertain as the time we live in." That's how Ravi Zacharias started his message at Passion 2016 this weekend. "The only reason that I have hope, aside from the fact that we are serving a Sovereign and awesome God is because of young people like you whose lives He will transform. He will make you a light in this very dark world."

Speaker, author and Christian thinker Ravi Zacharias spoke on the subject of truth, in the Philips Stadium. "The most powerful weapon is not the bomb, the most powerful weapon is the truth. It is the most powerful thing in the world, the most powerful weapon and Jesus said, 'I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one cometh to the Father except through me.' And when you look at the story of Jesus and his encounter with Pilate (John 18), Pilate asked Him the most important question he could ask –he asked, “what is truth?” and walked away. Imagine that. Standing in front of Him who claims to be the Way, the Truth and the Life –that is what Jesus said."

The philosopher Nietzsche said that God had died in the 19th century. "Then he went on to say that a universal madness will break out in the 20th century and the 20th century will become the bloodiest century in the history. He made the pronouncement and both of which took place. He lived the last 30 years of his life insane… Take a look at your heart. Your heart is desperately wicked and is in need of a Savior.

"You can become an answer rather than just become another question. The description for my condition and the provision for my malady. This is the only answer in the world that offers you a Savior."

"You can become an answer rather than just become another question. The description for my condition and the provision for my malady. This is the only answer in the world that offers you a Savior."

United Nations 
Ravi shared some inspirational stories. "Some years ago, I had the privilege to speak at the United Nations’ Prayer Breakfast. They asked me to speak about the search for absolutes in a relativistic culture. I said to them, there are 4 areas which you look for absolutes –evil, justice, love and forgiveness. 'You talked about evil empires when you get together here, what do you mean by that? You look for a just society, what do you mean by justice? You leave your loved ones back home and you miss them, you know what love is all about and maybe some of you blow up a big mistake and you want to be forgiven.' And I asked them, where in the world did these 4 converge at a moment in history? And 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, who is the just and the justifier, who loved so greatly that He gave Himself for us, and who said: Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.'"

"After I finished that talk, one of the ambassadors came to me and 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, I wonder what am I doing here?' and he said, 'today, I know the reason why. I came here to find Jesus Christ in my life.'"

Hamas
"Also, some years ago, I had to speak in Jerusalem talking to one of the co-founders of Hamas. He was agitated, served years in prison, a solidly built guy, he had lost some of his children. At the end of it, the leader asked if there were any questions. When he finished talking, I told him, 'Sheikh, I really don’t like your answer. But let me tell you something. You and I may never see each other again. Apart from you and I is sitting a hill. Around 3,000 years ago, a man by the name of Abraham took his son up there… to offer him as a sacrifice but just as the axe was about to come down, God says stop. God says, I myself will provide.' I asked, do you remember that story? He said yes. I said, We are sitting close to the same hill. 2,000 years ago, God took his Son up there and provided what he promised He would."

"'Sheikh, my comment to you is this: Until you and I receive the Son that God has provided, we will be offering our sons and daughters on the battlefield of this world for position, power, land and prestige…' The Sheikh went to me and patted me on my face, kissed both sides of my face and said 'Mr. Zacharias, you are a good man, I hope to see you again someday' and I saw him wipe that tear away."

The Truth
Zacharias closed his message with an altar call. "I want you to make a fresh commitment. Muggeridge says this: 'Empires rising and falling, revolutions and counterrevolutions, wealth accumulating and then disbursed, one nation dominant and then another.' Shakespeare speaks of the 'rise and fall of great ones that ebb and flow with the moon.'"

"In one lifetime I have seen my own  countrymen ruling over a quarter of the world, the great majority of them convinced, in the words of what is still a favorite song, that “God who’s made them mighty would make them mightier yet."

"I’ve heard a crazed, cracked Austrian proclaim to the world the establishment of a German Reich that would last for a thousand years; an Italian clown announce he would restart the calendar to begin with his own assumption of power; a murderous Georgian brigand in the Kremlin acclaimed by the intellectual elite of the western world as wiser than Solomon, more enlightened than Asoka, more humane than Marcus Aurelius.

"I’ve seen America wealthier and in terms of military weaponry more powerful than all the rest of the world put together, so that Americans, had they so wished, could have outdone an Alexander or a Julius Caesar in the range and scale of their conquests. All in one little lifetime. All gone with the wind."

"I’ve seen America wealthier and in terms of military weaponry more powerful than all the rest of the world put together, so that Americans, had they so wished, could have outdone an Alexander or a Julius Caesar in the range and scale of their conquests. All in one little lifetime. All gone with the wind."

"England now part of an island off the coast of Europe and threatened with dis­member­ment and even bankruptcy. Hitler and Mussolini dead and remembered only in infamy. Stalin a forbidden name in the regime he helped to found and dominate for some three decades. America haunted by fears of running out of the precious fluid that keeps the motorways roaring and the smog settling, with troubled memories of a disastrous campaign in Vietnam and of the great victories of the Don Quixotes of the media when they charged the windmills of Watergate. All in one lifetime, all in one lifetime, all gone. Gone with the wind."

"Behind the debris of these solemn supermen, and self-styled imperial diplomatists, there stands the gigantic figure of one, because of whom, by whom, in whom and through whom alone, mankind may still have peace: The person of Jesus Christ. I present him as the way, the truth, and the life."

"Ladies and gentlemen, surrender to Him. Love Him. Follow Him. Live for Him and take His message wherever you go."



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