It’s April fool’s day, so wouldn’t it be funny if the practical joke in eternity is that Heaven and Hell and does exist and there is a God who sent His son Jesus Christ to die for humanity, rise on the third day so that we can be reconciled to God?
In the last couple of weeks, we have seen evidence of God in the miraculous continuing recovery of the premier league footballer, Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the pitch during the FA cup match between Bolton and Tottenham. According to Bolton’s doctor, Dr Jonathan Tobin, who was on the pitch and in the ambulance with Muamba as they rushed him to hospital, he was ‘in effect dead’ for 78 mins.
By all accounts, while he was being worked on, both on the pitch and in the ambulance, and for several days after, friends and family of Muamba were praying and urging everyone else to do so.
Dr Andrew Deaner, a Spurs fan (I won’t hold that against him) and a consultant cardiologist at the London Chest Hospital, who was attending the match as a fan, convinced a steward to allow him on to the pitch so he could help. In giving an account of what happened to journalists, he described how incredible it was that Fabrice was able to joke after just a couple of hours of being in critical condition. He went on to say, ‘If you were ever going to use the term “miraculous”, I suppose it could be used here.’
There were some very smart people working to save Muamba that day, doctors, paramedics, stewards and even football fans singing his name in encouragement. But if he was dead for 78 mins, I know only one person who could have raised him and that is God.
Now I say, the fact that all this happened before a huge audience, so close to Easter, when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, is evidence of God’s desire to show himself to anyone who is ready to receive him and believe.
In the Gospels, Jesus talks about a rich farmer who didn’t believe God had the power over his life, and then lost it.
In Isaiah 53, the sufferings of Jesus are foretold and the purpose for it is revealed. It begins by saying, ‘Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?’
I doubt many people think that would God speak through the illness and healing of a premier league footballer, but I assure you, he is, so don’t be an April fool, embrace Easter and all it means for life….eternally.