Encounter

On a hot and sunny day in London, I bumped into Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Prime Minister of Thailand from 2001 to 2006. I stared at him and he looked at me in return. I knew who he was, but he wouldn’t have a clue who I was! You might ask me: “Are you sure he is Thaksin Shinawatra, do you have a selfie to prove it?” Well, I don’t. Even if I have, you might say the photo is photoshopped.
After Jesus Christ rose from the dead, within a span of forty days, He appeared to His disciples on numerous occasions. If it happened now, His followers would have taken selfies with Him, and they would have shown these photos to the world, proving Jesus Christ was the resurrected Savior. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the selfies, even if they had, many critics might treat it as fakes either!
Before His crucifixion, Jesus foretold His followers about His suffering, death and resurrection. This is head knowledge or rational knowledge. After conquering death, Jesus appeared to them on many occasions, so that they could taste the reality of His resurrection. Christ wanted His disciples to have experiential knowledge (heart knowledge) about His resurrection. After witnessing His actual resurrection, and subsequently they were filled with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, they had turned to be courageous and dynamic witnesses for Christ, and the rest is history!
Rational knowledge is key to Christianity, but experiential knowledge is equally vital too! As Christians, we ought to encounter God on a 24/7 basis. As for the seekers of the Truth, you simply need to encounter Jesus Christ!

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