People from across the globe have been paying tribute to famed apologist and Christian author Ravi Zacharias after it was announced that he passed away this morning. Mr Zacharias had been suffering from an aggresive cancer. He was 74.
Words of condolence and prayer have been pouring in on social media, as the faith community comes to terms with the loss of one the most prolific evangelists of our time.
NFL star and close friend of Ravi's, Tim Tebow, tweeted: "To my friend, my mentor and a great hero of the faith Ravi Zacharias - Thank you. I know I’ll see you again and I look forward to that day. Love you brother!"
Nikki Haley, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, wrote: "Rest In Peace to a man who has given so much to so many. You will be missed. Prayers for the family, friends, and followers of Ravi Zacharias. We are all better for knowing you."
In what would be one of his final engagements at the start of this year, Ravi preached to thousands of students at the annual "Passion Conference" event - a talk which has garnered over a million views on YouTube. The founder of the Passion movement, Louie Giglio, who had visited with Ravi in recent days, called him a "humble giant."
"I join the thunderous applause of Heaven," Giglio added, "Ravi Zacharias March 26, 1946 – May 19, 2020."
Christian musician David Crowder wrote that "today heaven rejoices & welcomes home a giant of the faith" in Zacharias. "Today we miss & mourn the loss of a friend & a teacher," he added, "today Ravi meets Jesus in person. That’s amazing."
Author and broadcaster Eric Metaxas said he was praying that RZIM "thrives in continuing the work Ravi began."
"What a faithful instrument of God he has been in so many lives!" he added. "Today he is home."
Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, who hosted Zacharias on his show last year, tweeted: "A terrible loss. Ravi wasn't just a great man - he was a good one, which is far more difficult and important."
US Senator Tim Scott added that "the loss of Ravi Zacharias will be felt for a long time."
"As Ravi is now in heaven, I’m praying for his family as they continue his legacy here on earth," he wrote.
"Don’t feel sorry for Ravi Zacharias," noted prominent evangelist, Franklin Graham. "His fight with cancer is over, & he has placed his crowns at the feet of the One who deserves all glory & honor. For those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ, we will see him again on the other side of the river."
In the video below, the president of RZIM Michael Ramsden talks more about Ravi's passing:
In his final tweet on May 16, Ravi Zacharias wrote:
The story of the gospel is the story of eternal life. My life is unique and will endure eternally in God's presence. I will never be "no more." I will never be lost because I will be with the One who saves me."
You can keep up with many of the tributes to Ravi Zacharias by following the hashtag #ThankYouRavi.