Mountains and Jesus

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Paul and his dad got up early to hike the valley below the Grand Tetons where they were spending a week of vacation. As Dad paused on the trail to take a picture of the towering peaks, Paul looked up at the snowcapped mountains glistening in the rising sun. "What a wonderful God we have!" Dad exclaimed. "He created all this beauty for us to see!"

Paul was quiet a moment. Then he said, "I wish my friend Ben were here. He says he doesn't think there even is a God. Ben says if there is one, we should be able to see Him."

"When we get back home, you can show him our pictures of the mountains," Dad suggested as they began hiking again. "You can remind him that even though he doesn't see the actual mountains, it doesn't mean they don't exist. And . . ."

"And it's the same with God, right?" interrupted Paul eagerly.

"Right," agreed Dad. "The mountains are here even when we're at home and can't see them. And God is real even though we can't see Him."

"Yes, but . . ." Paul hesitated and pointed to the camera. "I can show Ben pictures us of the mountains we saw," he said, "but we don't have pictures of Jesus."

"No, we don't," agreed Dad, "but we have the Bible, which tells about many ways God dealt with people way back to the beginning of time. It also tells about Jesus--and Jesus is God. The Bible tells how He came to earth in human form long ago. He lived a perfect life, was crucified and buried, but He rose from the grave."

Paul nodded. "Many people saw Him, didn't they? Both before He died on the cross and also after He arose from the dead."

"That's right," Dad replied. "Since He returned to heaven, people on earth can't see Him anymore, but we have the accounts from those who did see Him."

"I know what to tell Ben when we get home," Paul said thoughtfully. "I'll tell him he can learn about our trip by looking at our pictures and listening to me because I've seen the mountains. And He can learn about Jesus by reading the Bible and finding out what people who did see Jesus say about Him. We can't see God, but we know He still exists. He's real."

How About You?
Do you realize that Jesus is as alive today as He was when He was here on earth? He's now in heaven, so He can no longer be seen by people on earth. But you have the Bible, which tells you the things Jesus taught, and you have the record and testimony of His disciples and many other people who saw Him after He rose from the dead. You also have the reports of many whose lives were changed after they heard about Him and believed in Him. Yes, Jesus is real, and He is alive today.

Today's Key Verse:
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. (John 20:29)

Today's Key Thought:
Jesus (God) is real