On the morning of May 17, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) posted on their site that one of the great apologists of our era, Ravi Zacharias, had entered the throne room of Jesus Christ after battling a rare form of cancer. ChurchLeaders.com reported last week that Zacharias’ daughter Sarah Davis posted that her father had returned home to Atlanta, Georgia, to be with family until Jesus took him home.
After the news of Zacharias’ diagnosis, many tributes started to appear on social media thanking Zacharias for the impact he has had on so many people. Tim Tebow and Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae posted videos last week.
Ravi Zacharias was a Canada-born American Christian apologist. He was an world-wide evangelist, and authored over 30 books. Zacharias founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) in 1984. According to RZIM’s website they have nearly 100 speakers that address students on college campuses, government officials, business leaders, and people in the arts for the gospel of Jesus Christ. RZIM academy has trained over 10,000 people in apologetics.
Here are just some of the many people around the world expressing their deep appreciation for the life of Ravi Zacharias that God blessed us with.
Vice President Mike Pence: “Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ravi Zacharias…”
Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ravi Zacharias, a Christian apologist whose ministry for the gospel of Jesus Christ impacted millions around the world. Ravi was a man of faith who could “rightly handle the word of truth” like few others in our time & he was my friend.
Pastor John Hagee: “My friend, Ravi Zacharias, has heard the words we all long to hear — ‘Well done, good and faithful servant…’”
My friend, Ravi Zacharias, has heard the words we all long to hear — ‘Well done, good and faithful servant…' (Matt. 25:21) I pray for his loved ones who grieve over their loss that they may find joy in the hope that we will all see him again in our home in heaven. pic.twitter.com/7LZz6xQ4R9
Lee Strobel: “…he found hope and purpose through Christ and became a renowned evangelist.”
If you or someone you know is wrestling with depression, consider this: @RaviZacharias attempted suicide at 17. But he found hope and purpose through Christ and became a renowned evangelist. There’s hope for all through Jesus!
David Platt: ” Add my name to the list of countless people whose lives have been shaped by the Influence of @RaviZacharias.”
Add my name to the list of countless people whose lives have been shaped by the Influence of @RaviZacharias. He joins a great cloud of witnesses in Heaven who beckon us to proclaim the truth and grace of Christ with passion on earth. https://t.co/bETd4w9jPK
Josh McDowell: “He has been an incredible source of Truth as an evangelist to the thinking person.”
.@RaviZacharias will be greatly missed by family, friends & all who thirst after Truth. He has been an incredible source of Truth as an evangelist to the thinking person. Ravi exemplified Christ as a husband, a father, a friend, and an advocate of having a "thinking faith." Josh pic.twitter.com/U657QwMSJB
Samuel Rodriguez: “A true world changer that advanced the gospel of Jesus like few others.”
Ravi Zacharias, a teacher of truth, a preacher of hope, a builder of wisdom, an equipper of faith, a disciple of grace, a follower of Christ, a friend of God; a true world changer that advanced the gospel of Jesus like few others. #ravizachariaspic.twitter.com/u1FuOP737G
Franklin Graham: “@RaviZacharias, one of the great Christian apologists of our time, has stepped into the streets of glory & into the presence of the King of kings & Lord of lords.”
.@RaviZacharias, one of the great Christian apologists of our time, has stepped into the streets of glory & into the presence of the King of kings & Lord of lords. He is pictured here w/me & our friend, Sami Dagher, in 2017 at the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians. pic.twitter.com/cjLdTGulmQ
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