NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Paul was in jail, not because he had done anything wrong, but because he refused to deny his Lord. The specter of death was imminent. Though his life was spared this time, within a few years he was martyred for his unwavering testimony that Jesus is the Savior of the world.
As he wrote a letter to his dearest friends, Paul declared his intense desire to know his Lord more intimately. His words are powerfully poignant: "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death" (Philippians 3:10).
Paul understood something fundamental. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the central event of the Christian faith. It is the central message in our Christian witness. It is the source of our hope and the strength of our life.
prosperity or personal influence. It was far deeper than that. He longed to have such a relationship with God that the deepest needs of his heart would be fully satisfied in Christ alone.
-- The resurrection of Jesus has power to revive the broken heart.
A sad reality of human existence is the depth of loneliness many people experience daily. As social beings, we draw strength and purpose from interacting with others. Many have no close relationships with others who fully love and accept them. They have no one with whom to share their deepest and most intimate thoughts.
One day, Charles Weigle returned home from a preaching tour. He found a note from his wife. She had left him, taking their small daughter with her. Overcome with despair, he saw no reason to live, no purpose in life. Over the next few years he frequently contemplated suicide. Some years later, sitting at the piano in his home, his fingers began idly to course their way over the keys. Reflecting on God's sustaining grace, a melody emerged and blended with the words in his heart. Within 30 minutes, he had penned a song -- "No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus" -- that has since comforted thousands:
"I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus,
"Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
"I would tell you how He changed my life completely;
"He did something that no other friend could do.
"No one ever cared for me life Jesus,
"There's no other friend so kind as He;
"No one else could take the sin and darkness from me;
"O how much He cared for me."
-- The resurrection of Jesus has power to reclaim the empty heart.
Blaise Pascal, the 17th-century mathematician, philosopher and physicist, observed that the human heart is like an "infinite abyss." Read More