He left a lasting impression
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin climbed out of the safety of their spacecraft and set foot on the surface of the moon. Scientists agree that because of the atmospheric conditions, their footprints will remain there one-half million years before being erased by the bombardment of micrometeorites of the moon's surface.
Perhaps in the course of time, someone of future generations will see their footprints and say, "Here is the evidence that the American astronauts did visit the moon."
The New Testament does not try to convince us that God visited the earth and walked on its surface. Rather, the Bible declares it with authority. More than 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ came forth as the Incarnation of God and visited this planet. His name was called Emmanuel, meaning, "God is with us."
John, in his gospel account, declared: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).
Through the years there have been many who deny and reject the idea that Jesus was a real man who walked on the Earth, but it cannot be denied, for He has left us His footprints as evidence. Nothing has, or will, erase them.
Jesus, living on this planet, touched countless lives. He healed the sick, cast out demons, and raised the dead; all of which are recorded in history and have stood the test of time. He met people at the point of need in their life, and met that need by His glorious power. No man was turned away when he exercised simple faith.
Though Jesus Christ is not physically present with us, He is still leaving inerasable footprints on the earth. He manifests His power and grace to all men. The fact that He has visited planet Earth will be an eternal reality in the people He has saved and changed forever.
The apostle Peter, writing to encourage those suffering under spiritual persecution, wrote of Jesus Christ: "Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though you now see Him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory" (1 Peter 1:8).
What a comfort it is to know that Jesus Christ is not a distant, unreachable Spirit. He is ever present with us as the Resurrected Christ who lives in our hearts by faith. His presence causes joy that cannot be fully expressed.
Jerry L. Dunn, pastor of Oak Street Baptist Church, Sixth and Oak Streets, can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.