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As believers around the world mourn the death of beloved Bible teacher Ravi Zacharias, popular Christian leaders are posting their tributes. Ravi Zacharias passed away Tuesday May 19th, 2020 at age 74 after a struggle with sarcoma, a rare type of cancer in the itinerant speaker’s spine. Zacharias had traveled to Houston for chemotherapy treatment after finding cancer by surgeons performing back surgery on him.
“Hi Friends, I’ve recently learned I have a malignant tumor on my sacrum—a very rare cancer called Sarcoma. We are trusting the Lord in this, and have already seen evidence of His hand. Margie and I and our family value your prayers.” Ravi Zacharias twitted on March 12.
“Ravi Zacharias, With Jesus Now,”
Zacharias’ daughter, Sarah Davis, announced her father’s passing in a post titled on the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries’ website.
“It had been his Savior, Jesus Christ, that my dad [Ravi Zacharias] wanted most to discuss always.
In his final days Even, until he lacked the breath and energy to speak, every conversation was turned by him to Jesus and what god, the father had done,” she wrote.
Ravi shared the truth of God’s Word with millions worldwide, “10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11).
For near to 50 years, Zacharias traveled the global world sharing his love for and understanding of the Bible.
This morning, the world has lost one of the great thinkers and apologists of this century, Ravi Zacharias. His influence on modern-day Apologetics is unparalleled. I am profoundly indebted to him for inspiring me to develop a passion for Apologetics. I will miss you my dear Ravi. Deacon George Bassilios, a Professor of Apologetics and the author of TIMELESS TRUTH in Truthless times
Ravi Zacharias is survived by Margie, his wife of 48-years; his three children: Sarah, the Global CEO of RZIM, Naomi, Director of Wellspring International, and Nathan, RZIM’s Creative Director for Media; and five grandchildren.
Christian leaders worldwide are paying tribute to Christian apologist, speaker, and author, Ravi Zacharias, one of the great Christian apologists of our time, who stepped into the streets of glory and the presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Many Christian believers around the globe shared social messages of gratitude for the esteemed apologist.
Christina singer Crowder shared a quote spoken by Zacharias as part of his tribute. “Today heaven rejoices and welcomes home a giant of the faith. Today we miss and mourn the loss of a friend and a teacher.” When you come to Jesus Christ, you come to a person’ – Ravi Zacharias.
“I join the thunderous applause of Heaven,” wrote Louie Giglio, founding pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, in a tribute to the late apologist.
Christian author Jackie Hill Perry and her husband wrote, Preston, met Zacharias, praising him for his humility and “naturally inquisitive” spirit. For those who have been impacted by Ravi, today we grieve, however, not without hope. A post shared by Jackie Hill Perry (@jackiehillperry) on, May 19, 2020, at 6:02 AM PDT
The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham and president of the humanitarian nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse, described Zacharias as “one of the great Christian apologists of our time.”
“Don’t feel sorry for Ravi – his fight with cancer is over, and he has placed his crowns at the feet of the One who deserves all glory and honor,” Graham wrote. For those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ, we will see him again on the other side of the river.” A post shared by Franklin Graham (@franklin_graham) on, may 19, 2020 at 7:31 am PDT
Conservative radio host Erick Erickson, who’s outspoken about his Christian faith, Tuesday published a weblog post, calling Zacharias a “great evangelist.”
Within an Instagram post of her own, Christian journalist Paula Faris lauded Zacharias for the “profound impact” Zacharias had on a lot of people.
NFL star Benjamin Watson, a Christian, penned a tribute to Zacharias as well.
Commission on International Religious Freedom praised Zacharias as “a once-in-a-millennium Christian leader, a hero of mine [and] a pal.”
Former atheist, writer of The Case for Christ and apologist Lee Strobel tweeted: “Should anyone ever met Ravi, read one of his books or heard him speak, he impacted your daily life undoubtedly.
“We lost a genuine treasure and champion of the faith today,” California’s Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor Greg Laurie wrote on Twitter. “@RaviZacharias has truly gone to Heaven.
Nick Hall, an international speaker and founder of the evangelistic ministry PULSE, thanked Zacharias for the impact he made on his own life and ministry. “Ravi Zacharias was a hero, mentor, and personal friend. It was to be Zacharias’ “last ministry event while on earth, where his message went out to possibly his largest audience ever – over 100 million people, according to Nielsen ratings,” Hall said. “Over 135,000 people respond[ed] to the Gospel,” Hall said, “Ravi glowed with excitement, ‘What a work of God!’
While we mourn his passing and pray for sweet Margie, and their dear family, we know that all of heaven rejoices and that an entire generation is ready to pick up the torch as a result of his legacy,” added Hall, who said he will honor Zacharias on Saturday by hosting an event titled, Make Jesus Known.
Rapper Lecrae honored Zachariah on Instagram by adding: “This morning the world lost a husband, father, leader, and friend.
Gospel pioneer Kirk Franklin shared a photo of the two in an embrace along with a message about Zacharias: “Today one of my heroes left his earthly tent to be with the living word.
Archbishop Joseph D’Souza of the Good Shepherd Church of India, the country where Zacharias was born, also shared his condolences in a message shared with The Christian Post. In the last few weeks I have been following his retweets on how his life blessed so many and how his teaching strengthened countless disciples of Jesus across the nation,” D’Souza said.
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, added on Twitter: “Ravi Zacharias, a tuned teacher of truth, a preacher of hope, a builder of wisdom, and equipper of faith, a disciple of grace, a follower of Christ, a good friend of God; a genuine world changer.
Harry Hargrave, CEO of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. shared a note about Zacharias in a statement to CP. “Museum of the Bible is saddened by the death of renowned Bible scholar and Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias.
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