Hope in a Third-Day God

 

“You never know what God is going to do, because God is a ‘God of the third day.’…

It is a matter of historical record that once there was a time when a little band of frightened, foolish men and women said, ‘We don’t know how it happened, but the third day came.’

The third day is the only explanation for how that little band of faltering men and women became this church in which people would, without fear, be hung on crosses, be pierced with swords, give up their lives.

If it were not true – if the third day had not come – if anybody could have pointed to a pile of bones, they would have pointed.

Nobody is going to die for a pile of bones, but for a third-day God, people would give their lives because of what lies on the other side of the third day…. You never know what might happen on the third day.

I cling to that.

I put all my hope in a third-day God.

But I live in a second-day world.”

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* Excerpt from John Ortberg’s “Faith & Doubt” *

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