World-renown Christian theologian Ravi Zacharias has died.
Zacharias regularly shared the gospel of Jesus Christ through writing books and debating other theological and philosophical experts. He also founded the RZIM
He is survived by his wife, Margie, his two daughters, Sarah and Naomi, and his son, Nathan.
As CBN News reports, Zacharias was diagnosed with a malignant tumor of the sacrum after he was experiencing severe spinal pain. The tumor was found in March and Zacharias battled the disease with doctors until about two weeks ago. At which time, Zacharias’ daughter announced her father would no longer be receiving medical treatments.
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: https://t.co/EzMVVamxyx pic.twitter.com/kZ03xNyMCV
— RZIM (@RZIMhq) May 19, 2020
RZIM President Michael Ramsden released a statement after Zacharias’ death, complimenting his “love and kindness” and his passion for sharing the Christian gospel.
“[Ravi] saw the objections and questions of others not as something to be rebuffed, but as a cry of the heart that had to be answered,” Ramsden said. “People weren’t logical problems waiting to be solved; they were people who needed the person of Christ. Those who knew him well will remember him first for his kindness, gentleness, and generosity of spirit. The love and kindness he had come to know in and through Jesus Christ was the same love he wanted to share with all he met.”
RZIM CEO Sarah Davis, also his daughter, explained her father would want to be remembered for everything he did in sharing his faith.
“It was his Savior, Jesus Christ, that my dad always wanted most to talk about,” Davis said via CBN News. “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 17-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.”
Woke up today incredibly grateful for men like @RaviZacharias who exhort instruct and challenge us all in truth and love. #ThankYouRavi for being steadfast in your calling and for demonstrating Christ’s love in explaining our hope! You your family and ministry are in our prayers pic.twitter.com/JLqTLNK5Gj
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) May 19, 2020
Last year I had the great honor of this time with the legendary @RaviZacharias. Please watch & RT & pray that the work of @RZIMhq thrives in continuing the work Ravi began. What a faithful instrument of God he has been in so many lives! Today he is home. https://t.co/FBjqAHV6Qq
— Eric Metaxas (@ericmetaxas) May 19, 2020
A terrible loss. Ravi wasn't just a great man — he was a good one, which is far more difficult and important. https://t.co/BHYcsMFRld
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 19, 2020