"Proof (Semi) Positive"
May 17, 2010
. . . he (the rich man) said, "but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent." He (Abraham) said to him, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead." Luke 16:30b-31
So, has the ark been found?
For centuries the natives of the Mount Ararat region in eastern Turkey have thought so.
Some Russian pilots in World War I saw what looked like a partially exposed ark.
Expeditions have reported coming upon and bringing back pieces of wood from a box-like structure high up on the mountain's slope.
Has the ark been found? Possibly. I know there are those who say it is there and have seen it. There are already those who are trying to explain away anything which might be found on Ararat's slope.
As for me, I think about Jesus' parable about the rich man and Lazarus. Remember what Abraham said to the rich man who requested a ghostly visitation for his still-living brothers. Abraham said, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead."
That's true, you know.
Jesus has risen from the dead. He has shown Himself to the world. He encouraged His disciples to touch Him and see He is real. The doubting and the disbelieving have refused to believe in the risen Redeemer; I can't imagine they will believe a giant boat on a mountainside.
What is the expression again -- to those who believe, no explanation is necessary; to those who doubt, no explanation will suffice.
Me, I'm a believer. How could I not be? I've visited with the Redeemer today. He has heard my prayers and blessed me in ways unimaginable.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, if an ark is going to make a difference to some people, I pray it may serve its purpose. Most of all, today I pray that You will let the doubters see the Savior. May their doubts be put to rest and the flame of faith ignited in their hearts. This I pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries