“If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.”  Luke 16:31

It’s the truth, not the sensational, that sets a person free.  The sensational will get our attention, at least momentarily, but it is the truth that will linger on and beg for a response.

Jesus told the story of a rich man who died and went to hell.  In torment he realized that if his five brothers were not warned they would end up in the same place.  So he begged Abraham, who was in heaven, to send the poor beggar Lazarus, who had also died but gone to heaven, to his brothers to warn them.

The rich man believed that if someone came back from the dead to warn them, they would listen.  That’s when Jesus said, if they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.

It’s not another miracle that people need to see.  Miracles are breathtaking, amazing, entertaining, and will definitely get your attention.  But in most cases, it simply prompts you to look for another miracle.

A miracle will not change your life.  It may, however, give you another chance to respond to the truth.  But, again, it is so easy to be so wowed by a miracle that you miss the point.  It’s when you act upon the truth that your life changes.  The death and resurrection of Jesus was miraculous.  This incident resulted in the atonement for sin and the defeat of death.  But the reality of a changed life for you and me occurs only when we hear the truth about His death and resurrection and respond by faith.

A “fisher of men” has not been called to perform miracles but rather to deliver the truth and encourage people to respond to the truth.  God still works today and performs miracles but they are not intended to distract us from our primary role as “fishers of men.”  It’s not another miracle that lost people need to see.  They need to hear the truth and place their faith in Jesus Christ.

SO GO TELL SOMEBODY…TODAY!

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