Day 14

What do Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon, Yelp, and Facebook Marketplace all have common? Reviews! You can find movie reviews, restaurant reviews, and even reviews on sellers who have sold old furniture.

There is power in a review, and there’s lots of power in multiple reviews. Have you ever popped into the review section and seen a couple of one-star reviews and decided not to spend your money on that product? But when a product has 500 five-star reviews, the chances of you clicking “add to cart” increases exponentially, right?

When talking to the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul shared the most important message ever known to man: Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead. But if they didn’t believe Paul, there were multitudes of others that gave reviews. Even Peter and other disciples gave their eyewitness accounts.

If that’s not enough, Paul tells us Jesus “appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:6). If first-century people weren’t convinced that the resurrection took place, all they had to do was go to the many reviewers who saw Jesus resurrected.

Though Jesus may not appear in person today as he did to the 500 in the first century, God certainly is still at work. Ask him to remind you in a fresh way that Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead.

Here are a couple of things to think about as we wrap up our journey.

If you’re a Jesus follower, your life is a real-time review. Enough five-star reviews might just make someone willing to take a step toward Jesus.

If you’re not a Jesus follower:

  • How many reviews would it take to convince you that Jesus really is who he says he is?
  • What’s preventing you from taking a step toward following?

Thanks for taking this journey with us. We hope you have been inspired by the people and events surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and that you have an unforgettable Easter!