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Ravi Zacharias Dead at Age 74

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Evangelist and Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias passed away on Tuesday, two months after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

“My dad, at 74, has ‘join[ed] with the triumphant saints that sing [his] Savior’s praise,'” daughter Sarah Davis wrote in an update on Zacharias’ website.

“We who knew and loved him celebrate his life, and more importantly, his Savior.”

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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: On January 4, my dad recited a stanza from this hymn from the late Richard Baxter (1615-1691): ••• “Lord, it belongs not to my care Whether I die or live; To love and serve Thee is my share, And this Thy grace must give. If life be long, I will be glad, That I may long obey; If short, yet why should I be sad To welcome endless day? Christ leads me through no darker rooms Than He went through before; He that unto God’s kingdom comes Must enter by this door. Come Lord, when grace hath made me meet Thy blessed face to see; For if Thy work on earth be sweet What will thy glory be! Then I shall end my sad complaints And weary sinful days, And join with the triumphant saints That sing my Savior’s praise. My knowledge of that life is small, The eye of faith is dim; But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all, And I shall be with Him.” ••• None of us could have imagined just two months after reciting that last stanza that my dad would learn he had cancer and he would experience the realization of this more than 300-year-old hymn so soon. Today we affirm, as my dad recited and Baxter penned, “But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all, and I shall be with Him.” My dad, at 74, has “join[ed] with the triumphant saints that sing [his] Savior’s praise.” We who knew and loved him celebrate his life, and more importantly, his Savior. It was his Savior, Jesus Christ, that my dad always wanted most to talk about. 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 seventeen-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… CLICK THE LINK IN OUR BIO TO READ THE REST.

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“My dad’s humility, grace, tenderness for people, and above all love for the Lord are forever imprinted on my mind, my heart, and my life,” Davis wrote.

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On March 12, Zacharias announced that a biopsy taken during his back surgery revealed he had a malignant tumor on his sacrum — a rare type of cancer called Sarcoma.

On May 8, Davis shared the heartbreaking news that doctors had done all they were able to do, so Zacharias and his family would return home “where our family can be together for whatever time the Lord gives us.”

Following the announcement, Zacharias’ organization, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, tweeted asking Christians to share their most treasured memories of him using the hashtag #ThankYouRavi.

Among those who shared their memories were former football star and current MLB prospect Tim Tebow, Lee Strobel, Christian rapper Lecrae and Australian-born Christian author and activist Christine Caine.

Zacharias was born in India and raised in an Anglican family, but said that he converted to Christianity while reading the Bible in the hospital after a failed suicide attempt as a teenager, Christianity Today reported.

He was an evangelist for the past 48 years and founded the organization RZIM in 1984.

“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,” Davis wrote Tuesday.

“He perpetually marveled that God took a seventeen-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.”

He edited or wrote over 25 books on theology, apologetics, comparative religion and philosophy, according to the RZIM website.

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His ultimate mission was “to present and defend the truth of Jesus Christ that others may find life in Him.”

Davis pointed to John 14:19, which reads “Because I live, you also will live” and will be etched on Zacharias’ gravestone.

“Today, my beautiful father is more alive than he has ever been,” she wrote.

“We thank God for him and recommit our lives to sharing this truth with all who will hear, until He calls us to our eternal home.”

The family will have private graveside service and later provide details for a public memorial service that will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, and streamed online.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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Tucson, Arizona
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American
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Graduated with Honors
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
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Prescott, Arizona
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English, French
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