(Staff) 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…”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “Billy Graham was the great Evangelist. Ravi Zacharias was the great apologist.”
‘God’s Not Dead’ actor Kevin Sorbo: ” Classy man. You should look at his speeches.”
Pastor John Hagee: “My friend, Ravi Zacharias, has heard the words we all long to hear — ‘Well done, good and faithful servant…'”
Dave Ramsey: ” Incredible man of faith, with amazing ability to communicate and with a world class intellect.”
Lee Strobel: “…he found hope and purpose through Christ and became a renowned evangelist.”
David Platt: ” Add my name to the list of countless people whose lives have been shaped by the Influence of @RaviZacharias.”
Josh McDowell: “He has been an incredible source of Truth as an evangelist to the thinking person.”
Samuel Rodriguez: “A true world changer that advanced the gospel of Jesus like few others.”
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.”
Jackie Hill Perry: “For anybody who was impacted by Ravi, today we grieve but not without hope.”
Louie Giglio: “I join the thunderous applause of Heaven.”
Tim Tebow: “To my friend, my mentor and a great hero of the faith @RaviZacharias – Thank you.”
NFL Pro Ben Watson: “Thank you Ravi for being steadfast and faithful in your calling and for demonstrating Christ’s love in explaining our hope!”
Kirk Franklin: “Today one of my heroes left his earthly tent to be with the living word.”
David Crowder: “Today heaven rejoices and welcomes home a giant of the faith.”
Greg Laurie: “We lost a real treasure and champion of the faith today.”
Many more can be found on Twitter under the hashtag #RaviZacharias.