I met Jesus. He changed my life.
If your friend told you that he met Abraham Lincoln last Tuesday at the ice cream shop in the mall, you’d think he was a liar, he was delusional, or that he’d had the most marvelous encounter. How would you know?
Since he’s your friend, you should know whether or not a story like this is something he’d make up. Liars tend to lie about many things.
He might be delusional, not knowing reality from fantasy. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was murdered on Good Friday of 1865. It is impossible for him to still be alive and walking through an American mall searching for a Rocky Road cone with sprinkles.
Your friend could be telling the truth … but it would require Lincoln to have been raised from the dead and posses everlasting life.
Today there are hundreds of millions who claim to have personally met the risen and living Christ Jesus and been changed by Him. Does this belief make them all liars? Are so many people mad with the exact same delusion? or does it make them men and women who have met the living God in the person of Jesus and been changed by faith in Him?
… The Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles …. I am not mad … but speak the words of truth and reason (Acts 26:23, 25).