Monday, April 17, 2017

Proof of Jesus's Resurrection!

There is enough evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus that were it taken to court today, Judge and Jury would be forced to admit it's true.  It is one of the things that put the final seal on my fledgling faith years ago.  I'll just give five snippets of the best arguments for the Resurrection below. May they strengthen your faith.  We serve a living Savior!

The Empty Tomb
Although made secure by a Roman guard, the tomb was found empty by several of the women disciples, then  later by several of His closest followers.  In addition, the earliest writings confirm the fact that the tomb was found empty. The Jewish religious leaders were strongly opposed Jesus and His teaching, and were prepared to go to any length to see that His body remain in the tomb because Jesus had predicted several times that He would rise again. The disciples preached the resurrection of Jesus first in Jerusalem, not in some far off land.  If the tomb had NOT been empty, they would never have been able to pull this off.  Adversaries would simply have pointed to the tomb and the body within it and rejected their message. In New Testament writing there are many references to the fact of the resurrection, but NONE defending the empty tomb.  Why?  The answer should be obvious:  this was not a point of contention -- everyone, friend and foe, KNEW the tomb was empty.
 

 Broken Roman Seal
The seal on the tomb where Jesus was laid was placed there by the authority of Rome. It stood for the power and authority of the Roman Empire. The consequences of breaking the seal were extremely severe. The FBI and CIA of the Roman Empire were called into action to find the man or men who were responsible. If they were apprehended, it meant automatic execution by crucifixion upside down. Even more confusing was why the Roman guards ordered to keep watch over Jesus' tomb ran off? When they knew that doing so was punishable by death. Something pretty dramatic must have happened to scare away the bravest military men of that time.



They couldn't have moved the body. 
The theory that the Jewish or Roman authorities moved Christ's body is no more reasonable an explanation for the empty tomb than theft by the disciples. If the authorities had the body in their possession or knew where it was, why, when the disciples were preaching the resurrection in Jerusalem, didn't they say, "Wait! We moved the body! See, here it is! He didn't rise from the grave."
 The disciples began preaching the message of Christ crucifixion and resurrection in the very place it had happened -- not in some distant land.  If Jesus was still in His tomb, they simply could not have done this -- no one would have believed them.  But as Peter began preaching, "over 3,000" souls were saved that day.


Jesus was SEEN alive over a period of weeks by many people, at many different places.


It was Christ's post-resurrection appearances that assured His followers that He had indeed risen from the dead.  After He arose the Bible reports He was seen by ...

A.  the women as they returned from the tomb, after having seen the angel (Matthew 28:1-10)
B.  Mary Magdalene at the tomb, during her second visit to the site (John 20:10-18, Mark 16:9-11)
C:  to Peter the day of the resurrection (Luke 24:34)
D.  to two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35, Mark 16:12-13)
E.  to ten of the apostles the evening of Easter Sunday (Luke 24:36-40, John 20:19-23, Mark 16:14-18)
F.  after eight days to the eleven apostles, including Thomas (John 20:26-29) 
G.  to some of the disciples fishing at the sea of Galilee (John 20:20-28)
H.  to all of the apostles on a mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:16-20)
I.    to James (1 Cor: 15:7)
J.   to all of the apostles on the Mount of Olives (Luke 24:50-52; Mark 16:19)
K.  to 500 additional believers at one time (1 Cor. 15:6)
L.   to Paul on the road to Damascus (1 Cor.15:8)

All of these people were eyewitnesses to His resurrection.  They saw Him, touched Him, ate with Him, and spoke with Him.

The lives of the disciples were radically transformed. (My personal favorite!)
Jesus's disciples went from cowering followers who abandoned Jesus when He was arrested, to bold proclaimers of the good news of the gospel at the risk of their lives.  Nearly ALL his apostles were killed for their faith as a result.  People will die for something they believe to be true, but they will never die for something they know is a lie.  If they hadn't seen Jesus alive, then all of them were lying.  And let's not forget the millions of early Christians who were persecuted for proclaiming Jesus as Lord. If there was no resurrection and they knew it, why were they willing to die so violently?

"This scared, frightened band of the apostles, which was just about to throw away everything in order to flee in despair to Galilee; when these peasants, shepherds, and fishermen, who betrayed and denied their master and then failed him miserably, suddenly could be changed overnight into a confident mission society, convinced of salvation and able to work with much more success after Easter than before Easter, then no vision or hallucination is sufficient to explain such a revolutionary transformation." - Jewish Rabbi Pinchas Lapide


And the final evidence of Jesus's Resurrection!

LIVES TRANSFORMED:  Perhaps you've seen this in your own life and in the lives of your believer family and friends, but let me tell you that for myself and my husband, our lives have been so radically changed, that I KNOW there's no power on earth that can change a heart except the power of the risen Jesus.

Both my husband and I were horrible people before we knew Jesus. Selfish, greedy, self-centered, immoral. Both of us drank heavily, both of us partied hard, both of us slept around. My husband was a Harley-riding bad boy and I was a beautiful divorcee who was looking for a good time.  I'm sorry if this bursts many of your opinions of me, but that's the truth. I'm sharing this embarrassing part of my past with you so you can see for yourself, the proof that Jesus is alive!   I came to my senses and turned back to God 23 years ago. My husband took a little longer, but he followed 10 years after and today we both love the Lord and serve Him with all our hearts.  I've seen such a transformation in my husband, that sometimes I have to blink and make sure I'm not dreaming. He's patient, kind, selfless, understanding, supportive... all the things he never was before. We haven't argued in years. People do not change so late in life....if anything, they get worse as time goes on. Our transformation is undeniable proof that Jesus is alive in our hearts.

May you be ever convinced in the divinity of Jesus Christ, His death to pay for the punishment due us, and His resurrection in order that we, too, will some day be resurrected to eternal glory!!


8 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful recording of the confirmation that Jesus is indeed alive.
    I, too, have a not so proud past that was changed by the love of Jesus. For me, it is difficult to explain the feeling that came over me the moment I realized that Jesus had come into my heart.
    I get so agitated at so called historians who try so hard to find proof of Him. All the money they spend on excavations and explorations just to prove to themselves that Jesus walked this earth. When they say, 'If' this or that, I want to reach into the screen and slap some sense into them but know it would do no good.
    Again, thank you for these posts and sharing your journey to Christ.

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    1. Reminds me of that song.. "He lives, he lives.. Christ Jesus lives today.... You ask me how I know he lives.. He lives within my heart!"

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  2. I like you know without a doubt in my heart that there is nothing so bad that Jesus will not forgive us when we come to Him, broken hearted and hopeless and seeking what He has for us. His Love, His forgiveness and His Acceptance to us for Eternity. I know He lives and I know He is coming back to claim all who want Him in their hearts. A tidbit from my Son-in-law's sermon yesterday. " The tomb was empty, the burial cloths were scattered, Jesus was nowhere to be found. But His Deciples knew he was alive and coming back. The cloth that covered His face, like a napkin, was folded. A message left for all-" I am not finished, I am coming back". In that culture, a napkin crumpled up on the table meant the Master was -- through. A folded napkin placed on the table indicated -the Master was not through and would be coming back to his table. A promise from our Savior--He will be back!

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    1. Love the tidbit from your son-in-law's sermon! Sounds like it was a good one!

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  3. Marylu, thank you so much for your raw honesty! Praise be to the Lord for the amazing work that He has done in both your life and in your husband's!
    I only wish more people would wake up to the truth of the resurrection, it's not blind faith, it's real and provable instead of chasing the next "cool" thing!

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    1. Yup! Christianity is not blind faith. There is so much proof, if people would only investigate!

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  4. Burst my opinion of you?!? Absolutely NOT! In fact, it only endears you more to me that you're willing to share your past with us, and show how far God has brought you. None of can cast stones (certainly, not myself) and we all have been redeemed by Jesus' blood no matter if we were saved at an early age or later in life. Our sin still separated us from Him, but thankfully He loved us enough to pay the undeserved price to draw us near.

    Thank you for sharing these proofs. It puts me into the mind of the movie "Case for Christ" that's come out. Even a so called logical and educated mind cannot disprove our Lord's resurrection. As taught at my church this Sunday, you can go to every false prophet’s tomb or grave, but not so for Jesus. They can try and lay claim where they think He was buried, but no matter where it is… It. Is. EMPTY!

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    1. Awww.. thanks Amy! I'm dying to see that movie. I might grab hubby and see it this weekend if it's still playing.

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