According to perception, Jesus was a failure. He was tortured, mocked, beaten, and spat upon. His followers ran. One of His friends had turned Him over to His enemies. His only defense was to validate the charge against Him. One of those closest to Him, denied that he ever knew Him, in order not to experience His fate. The thousands that had heard Him preach and experienced His miracles didn’t show up.
He was buried and His own disciples didn’t expect Him to rise from the dead as He had claimed He would. Guards posted at His tomb said His disciples stole His body. No reputable government official ever saw Him after that. It was over. It was finished. It was done.
Yet the reality is that Jesus won the ultimate victory for all time! He conquered death when He was raised from the dead. His followers stopped running and, once filled with His Spirit, risked their lives boldly proclaiming that He was alive, that only He was King, and forgiveness of sins is found only in Him.
His message of God’s unconditional love for everyone has never stopped growing. Though many have tried to stop Jesus and His love, they have all met with or will meet with, ultimate failure.
Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away”.
And so, in the end, Jesus words, the words of the Bible, are the only Reality.