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 Indian-born Canadian-American Christian apologist. He was a 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.
Ravi Zacharias Tributes
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.— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) May 19, 2020
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…'”
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— Pastor John Hagee (@PastorJohnHagee) May 19, 2020
Dave Ramsey: ” Incredible man of faith, with amazing ability to communicate and with a world class intellect.”
RIP Ravi Zacharias. Incredible man of faith, with amazing ability to communicate and with a world class intellect. Graduating too young at 74.— Dave Ramsey (@DaveRamsey) May 19, 2020
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!— Lee Strobel (@LeeStrobel) May 19, 2020
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— David Platt (@plattdavid) May 19, 2020
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— Josh McDowell (@josh_mcdowell) May 19, 2020
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. #ravizacharias pic.twitter.com/u1FuOP737G— Samuel Rodriguez (@nhclc) May 19, 2020
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— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) May 19, 2020
Jackie Hill Perry: “For anybody who was impacted by Ravi, today we grieve but not without hope.”
Rest well Ravi ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cGcri8hoEQ— Jackie Hill Perry (@JackieHillPerry) May 19, 2020
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!”
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Woke up today incredibly grateful for men like @ravizacharias who exhort instruct and challenge us all in truth and love. Thank you Ravi for being steadfast and faithful in your calling and for demonstrating Christ’s love in explaining our hope! I count myself among the millions who have been impacted by your voice, your life and your legacy. Now enjoy the glorious presence of our wonderful Savior!! Well done good and faithful servant. We rejoice in sadness. Your family and ministry will remain in our prayers.
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.”
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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 a religion, you come to a place. When you come to Jesus Christ, you come to a person.” Ravi Zacharias Today Ravi meets Jesus in person. That’s amazing.
Greg Laurie: “We lost a real treasure and champion of the faith today.”
We lost a real treasure and champion of the faith today. @RaviZacharias has gone to Heaven. Ravi was scheduled to speak at our Church this month, but that was meant to be. Thank God for the thousands of lives he touched.— Greg Laurie (@greglaurie) May 19, 2020