“Christ died for our sins… and… rose again… and… He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once…” (1 Cor. 15:3-6).
This mass-sighting of our risen Savior reminds me of a story I heard recently regarding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. There were over 500 people in Ford’s Theater the night in which the president was slain, and one of them later talked about what he saw that day on television. Samuel J. Seymour was 5 years old that night in 1865, and in 1956 he appeared on the television game show “What’s My Line?” That means he testified to what he witnessed that fateful night for 91 years.
And that means that some of the 500 witnesses who saw the risen Christ told their story to the members of their generation for the better part of the next century. Imagine the impact they had in the lives of countless others during those many years.
Now how ’bout you? Do you testify to the Lord’s resurrection? The testimony of those 500 brethren now lies silent in the grave. If you don’t witness that “Jesus our Lord…was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:24,25), then the story of His saving grace will go unheard among the members of your generation. Imagine how many people you can reach in your life if you just start now. source