Beloved Christian apologist, author and speaker Ravi Zacharias, 74, went to be with the Lord on May 19.
Over the past week, the news, social media, and tv shows have shown tribute to world-renowned Zacharias. After a grim cancer diagnosis in March, the family announced that he would be spending the last weeks of his life at his home in Atlanta surrounded by family.
Two weeks ago, Sarah Davis, Zacharias’s daughter and the CEO of Ravi Zacharias International Ministry, shared a health update on her father to the ministry’s website.
“We have just learned that while the tumor in my dad’s sacrum has been responding to the chemotherapy, the area where the cancer metastasized has actually worsened,” Davis wrote. “His oncologist informed us that this cancer is very rare in its aggression and that no options for further treatment remain. Medically speaking, they have done all they are able.”
Two weeks later, Zacharias went to be with the Lord, leaving behind a legacy dedicated to love and faith.
“[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,” said Michael Ramsden, the president of RZIM, Zacharias’ ministry. “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.”
Many Christian figures, thought leaders, and theologians shared tributes to their social media accounts, honoring the work that Zacharias dedicated his life to.
In an Instagram post over the weekend, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow called Zacharias a “hero of the faith,” while choking back tears.
Tebow asked his audience, “if Ravi has touched your life or inspired you along the way, I would love for you to share your story in the comments.”
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Just wanted to share this message in regards to my good friend and a hero of the faith, @ravizacharias. A couple of things, please join me in prayer for Ravi and his family as he battles this fight against cancer. Also, if Ravi has touched your life or inspired you along the way, I would love for you to share your story in the comments. I hope to be able to deliver your comments to Ravi and his team to encourage them in this time.
Comments flooded the post, thanking Zacharias for his work and influence. US Ambassador to the UN and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley was among the comments writing, “Thank you for the love in your heart and your ability to share it with so many.”
Christian artist Lecrae also shared a tribute to Facebook, crediting Zacharias with equipping him to navigate and study the“hard questions” of life.
“What in the world ties a black kid from hip hop culture to a scholar from Delhi, India?” the rapper asked in his post to Facebook.
What in the world ties a black kid from hip hop culture to a scholar from Delhi, India? I used to find myself on tour…
“As a former atheist and skeptic, now believer, I wanted my peers in the culture who didn’t believe to have answers to hard questions,” Lecrae wrote. “‘Why is there evil in the world?’ ‘Where is God in the midst of suffering and injustice?’ I would digest his lectures in front of prestigious universities and craft the insight into my own language.”
“Because of Ravi Zacharias, I had answers to hard questions,” he continued. “Who would’ve thought a tour bus full of young rappin’ city kids would go in between watching hip hop awards shows to theological debates and lectures? I just want to give this man his roses while he’s still here. I know God is likely taking him home soon, but I’m glad he was here during my lifetime.”
Louie Giglio, the head pastor at Passion City Church, took to Instagram, writing, “I join the thunderous applause of Heaven.”
Zacharias impacted countless lives all over the world and he will be greatly missed. Please be praying for the family and friends as they mourn the loss of Zacharias.