When someone is kidnapped and the perpetrator demands a ransom the people who are trying to save the kidnapped always demand “proof of life”. “Show me they are alive.”
We as followers and disciples of Jesus Christ are the living among the dead. We are the proof of Jesus life. We are the proof. Through-out history there have been thousands of people who have given their physical life to attest to the life of God in them.
Justin Martyr 100 A.D. was the first apologist and gave his life reaching out to leaders of the time with the message of Jesus’ sacrifice and love. Cyprian 200 AD was a wealthy, pagan who was lead to faith in Jesus and became a prominent priest in early Christianity and die a martyr under the Roman Emperor Valerian. Moving forward to the 1800’s a lawyer by the name of Lew Wallace a devout atheist and set out to destroy and put an end to Christianity and in the process made Jesus Lord of his life. He later went on to write the classic novel Ben-Hur. Richard Wurmbrand born in 1909 was a Romanian Christian minister who during the infancy of Communism in Russia and Europe dared to publicly proclaim that Christianity and Communism where incompatible and suffered imprisonment and torture by the Communist regime of Romania. He eventually fled Europe and came to America where he founded Voice of the Martyrs. Joon Gon Kim was a Korean Christian Evangelist. The story goes that during the springtime, as Kim's family was enjoying the day, an angry band of communist guerrillas invaded the village where Kim lived, killing everyone, including Kim's family. The guerrillas killed Kim's wife and father. Kim was beaten and left for dead. Late, he awoke and fled to the safety of the mountains with his young daughter, Unhi Kim. He eventually returned to his village and sought out the communist that murdered his family and lead them to Jesus. Kim also founded Korea Crusade for Christ.
All these followers of Jesus lived their life in such a way that they became the proof of Life that the world needed to know Jesus is alive and real. What about our life? Are we the proof of Life that the world around us needs to know Jesus is alive and real?