In a court of law, a witness is credible if the person has personal knowledge, was present at the scene, paid attention at the scene, and tells the whole truth. The question for the jury is not which side has more witnesses, but what testimony do they believe. It’s the quality of their believability that counts. Certainly one of the reasons Jesus appeared to His disciples after He arose from the dead was to give them assurance that he was indeed alive. We read in John Ch 20 that Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early Sunday morning. There at the tomb, she saw Jesus, heard him, and touched Him. Even though in those days women were seldom asked to serve as witnesses in court, Mary had all the credentials of a very reliable witness. She was there; she saw Jesus in his resurrected body; she spoke with him and he spoke with her; and she touched him. Mary is one of many credible witnesses that assures us of the truth that Jesus arose from the dead. Yet even beyond this, all who by faith humbly invite the Son of God to live in them can say with conviction, “I know He lives. He lives in my heart.”

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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