Written by: Gillian Fraser
In the early hours of this morning, world-renowned apologist Ravi Zacharias went home to be with Jesus. This heart-breaking news comes just two months after Ravi shared an update with the world that he had been diagnosed with a rare sarcoma cancer, and that he had been sent home from hospital as doctors had “done all that they could do.”
Zacharias’ ministry and impact on this earth will never be forgotten. His life has truly embodied that of a “good and faithful servant,” and we can only imagine the joy that he is experiencing sitting at the feet of Jesus.
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This morning, our beloved founder and apologist @ravizacharias went home to be with Jesus. RZIM’s CEO, Sarah Davis, shares this reflection on her father: On January 4, my dad recited a stanza from this hymn from the late Richard Baxter (1615-1691): ••• “Lord, it belongs not to my care Whether I die or live; To love and serve Thee is my share, And this Thy grace must give. If life be long, I will be glad, That I may long obey; If short, yet why should I be sad To welcome endless day? Christ leads me through no darker rooms Than He went through before; He that unto God’s kingdom comes Must enter by this door. Come Lord, when grace hath made me meet Thy blessed face to see; For if Thy work on earth be sweet What will thy glory be? Then I shall end my sad complaints And weary sinful days, And join with the triumphant saints That sing my Savior’s praise. My knowledge of that life is small, The eye of faith is dim; But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all, And I shall be with Him.” ••• None of us could have imagined just two months after reciting that last stanza that my dad would learn he had cancer and he would experience the realization of this more than 300-year-old hymn so soon. Today we affirm, as my dad recited and Baxter penned, “But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all, and I shall be with Him.” My dad, at 74, has “joined with the triumphant saints that sing [his] Savior’s praise.” We who knew and loved him celebrate his life, and more importantly, his Savior. It was his Savior, Jesus Christ, that my dad always wanted most to talk about. Even in his final days, until he lacked the energy and breath to speak, he turned every conversation to Jesus and what the Lord had done. He perpetually marveled that God took a seventeen-year-old skeptic, defeated in hopelessness and unbelief, and called him into a life of glorious hope and belief in the truth of Scripture—a message he would carry across the globe for 48 years… CLICK THE LINK IN OUR BIO (AND THEN ON THIS PHOTO) TO READ THE REST.
In 2018 I had the privilege of meeting this wonderful man of God when he visited South Africa. His gentle, humble, wise spirit left me in awe. His passion for Jesus shone through as the main priority in his life. He shared his unlikely testimony with me, which led me to tears. The calling on this man’s life was powerful, and he was living each day to fulfil this calling. Please read our exclusive interview with Ravi here to learn more about his testimony.
In asking Ravi what he had to say to South Africa, our precious nation, he shared the following wisdom, “A wounded culture best understands the wounded Saviour. South Africa can lead the way through the wilderness of our earthly tensions and point to our Lord as the great healer and restorer.”
Today we mourn the loss of one of our fathers in the faith. We thank the Lord for the time that Ravi spent on this earth. We rejoice that Ravi is finally home, safe, and that his earthly suffering is over.
Although Ravi may no longer be with us, his legacy lives on in our world. Please share with us how his life has impacted yours. We would love to hear of more lives transformed through this faithful man of God’s life.
Date published: 19/05/2020
Feature image: Ravi Zacharias
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