For each of us who place our faith and trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord, we have the assurance of hope that we, too, will experience resurrection life. Presbyterian pastor and author Tim Keller writes concerning the resurrection of Jesus:
“Think of Christ's resurrection as a store receipt. If you're in a department store and you buy some clothes, you should always ask for the receipt. Why? Because if you're still walking around the store a plainclothes security person could stop you and ask, ‘Excuse me, can I look in your bag?’ And if you don't have a receipt you could get in trouble. So, if somebody stops you, you want to be able to hold up your receipt and say, ‘Oh, plainclothes security person, trouble me not because this proves that this has been paid for and I do not have to pay it again.’”
The resurrection is a giant receipt stamped across the pages of history for all people to see; a receipt that allows each of us to know that our future is certain if we believe in Jesus. Romans 10:9 encourages us with these words: “If you confess with your mouth that, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart God raised from the dead, you will be saved.”
Keep the faith,
Originally from Huntington Beach, CA, Tony received his Bachelor's degree in religion from USC and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Talbot School of Theology. Tony loves spending time with his wife, Sheri, and their two sons and daughter (Bryce, Braden, and Brooke); cheering for the USC Trojan football team; and playing tennis.