The Case for Christ: What’s the evidence for the resurrection?
Strobel, a writer for the Chicago Tribune and a Yale Law School graduate, wrote “The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus” in 1998, which was released in English and Spanish. Strobel had previously been an atheist, but after his wife’s conversion to evangelical Christianity, he felt obligated to challenge some of the central Christian claims about Jesus. While the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection was the most important of these assertions, additional claims included the belief in Jesus as the actual Son of God and the veracity of the New Testament literature, among others.
It went on to become one of the most widely read and widely distributed works of Christian apologetic (that is, a defense of the rationality and correctness of Christianity) in history.
The film makes an attempt to present a persuasive argument for the historical accuracy of Jesus’ resurrection.
Are all of Strobel’s arguments relevant?
According to the film’s producers, the evidence supporting the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection is the film’s core subject. Several of its arguments, on the other hand, are not immediately applicable to this situation. According to Strobel, the fact that there are over 5,000 Greek copies of the New Testament in existence, which is significantly more than any other ancient literature, is a significant point in his argument. He does this in order to show that we may be reasonably certain that the original forms of the New Testament books have been faithfully conveyed.
There are fewer than ten papyrus texts from the second century that have survived, and many of them are extremely fragmented.
If these second-century copies are true, all we have left are first-century documents claiming that Jesus was risen from the grave, which isn’t very encouraging.
What do the New Testament writings prove?
One of the most important arguments in the film is drawn from the New Testament book known as First Corinthians, which was written by the Apostle Paul to a group of Christians in Corinth in order to resolve conflicts that had developed in their society. Paul is believed to have written this letter in the year 52, around 20 years after the death of Jesus. In 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, Paul provides a list of the persons who have seen the resurrected Jesus in their lives. The New Testament is a book of scripture that was written in the first century AD.
Many academics think that Paul is referring from a far older Christian faith, which may have formed only a few years after Jesus’ death and was adopted by the church.
Indeed, many New Testament scholars would agree that some of Jesus’ disciples believed they had seen him alive only a few weeks or months after his death, and that this belief was supported by other witnesses.
It is not uncommon for people to experience visions of their deceased relatives: Thirteen percent of those polled in a research of over 20,000 people claimed to have seen the dead.
To put it another way, sightings of the rising Jesus are not nearly as uncommon as Strobel would have us believe they are.
A miracle or not?
But what about the 500 persons who witnessed Jesus’ resurrection at the same time? First and foremost, biblical scholars are baffled as to what incident Paul is alluding to in this passage. The “day of Pentecost” (Acts 2:1) is said to be a reference to the Holy Spirit bestowing miraculous abilities on members of the Christian community in Jerusalem, allowing them to communicate in languages that were previously unknown to them. However, according to one major researcher, this incident was added to the list of resurrection appearances by Paul, and the origins of the event remain unclear.
- Second, even if Paul is reporting truthfully, his claims are no more credible than those of vast numbers of individuals who claim to have witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary or a UFO.
- The fact that Jesus’ tomb was empty on Easter morning, according to Strobel, is the greatest explanation for this event.
- There is substantial evidence to suggest that the Romans did not generally remove victims from crosses after they had died in battle.
- But even if we assume that the tomb was truly empty that morning, what evidence do we have that it was a miracle rather than the body of Christ being moved for unknown reasons?
Who are the experts?
Aside from all of the obvious flaws in Strobel’s presentation, I feel that Strobel has made no genuine effort to include a diverse range of academic viewpoints in his presentation. As part of the film, Strobel travels around the country, interviewing professors and other professionals about the historical significance of Jesus’ resurrection. In his book, Strobel describes the experts he interviewed as “renowned scholars and authority who have impeccable academic credentials.” The movie does not explain how Strobel selected the experts he interviewed.
“We affirm that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, though written by men, was supernaturally inspired by God so that all of its words are written true revelation of God; it is therefore inerrant in the originals and authoritative in all matters,” states the faculty application for Liberty University, for example.
Many of the other experts he interviews for his book have connections that are comparable to his own.
(I believe there are around 10,000 professional biblical scholars in the world at this time.) His arguments for the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection were compelling, according to an email response I received in response to my query regarding whether most professional biblical academics would find his arguments persuasive.
At the end of the day, though, each individual must come to his or her own conclusion on the Christ case. The way someone interprets the evidence is influenced by a variety of factors, including, for example, whether or not the person has an anti-supernatural prejudice.”
No compelling evidence
The Easter Cross is a symbol of hope and resurrection. Artist Sharon’s Art4TheGlryOfGod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. According to Strobel, if he had polled experts at public institutions, private colleges and universities (many of which have religious affiliations), or denominational seminaries, the results of his poll would have been very different. Many Christian apologists, like Lee Strobel, assert that the primary reason secular scholars do not acknowledge the historicity of the resurrection is because they have a “anti-supernatural prejudice,” which is consistent with what Strobel says in the statement above.
Although some Christians believe in miracles, I believe that apologists such as Gary Habermas are equally as anti-supernaturalist when it comes to miraculous claims involving later Catholic saints or miracles from non-Christian religious traditions that occur after the beginning of Christian history.
While such astonishing claims abound in the world today, I believe that “The Case for Christ” has failed to give persuasive proof that Jesus’ resurrection was historically accurate.
What Skeptical Scholars Admit about the Resurrection Appearances of Jesus
On June 26, 2000, the television network ABC broadcasted a documentary titled The Search for Jesus. Peter Jennings, the network’s most prominent news anchor, conducted interviews with liberal and conservative experts of early Christianity to learn more about what we may learn about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection from historical records. The series came to a close with a powerful speech from New Testament scholar Paula Fredriksen, who is not herself a Christian. In response to questions about Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances, Fredriksen stated, “I know that what they saw was the risen Jesus in their own words.” That’s what they claim, and then all of the historical information we have afterwards confirms their belief that this is exactly what they witnessed.
- I was not present.
- But, as a historian, I’m confident that they must have witnessed something significant.
- Fredriksen is not the only one who believes that these followers must have witnessed something unusual.
- This is what sparked the birth of the world’s most populous religion.
Two thousand years later, the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection is being preached by billions of Christians in almost every country and in nearly every language spoken on the face of the planet Earth. What exactly did all of these eyewitnesses witness?
A Bedrock Confession
Following the death and resurrection of Jesus, according to the earliest source we have for the event, a hidden pearl contained inside 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus appeared to a number of individuals and organizations, as well as at least one adversary. According to practically all experts, this creedal tradition goes back to a period of five years after Jesus’ death on the cross. We can trace our lineage back to the early years of the Christian movement in Jerusalem, to the foundational confession of the very first disciples of Jesus, thanks to the use of this source.
- After then, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, the vast majority of them are still alive, but some have passed away, according to the records.
- There is no other inventory of Resurrection appearances like this anywhere else in the New Testament, or even in all of ancient literature, to compare.
- As well as this, we discover that Jesus appeared to three groups of people: the Twelve (excluding Judas), more than 500 early followers, and the entire assembly of apostles.
- When Paul indicates that the majority of them are still alive, he takes a risk with his reputation and puts it on the line.
- The fact that reliable eyewitness testimony to the risen Jesus was easily accessible in the decades following his resurrection might be seen as evidence of this.
- Mary Magdalene also fits on the list of important eyewitnesses because she, like the other eyewitnesses, was easily accessible to be questioned about her encounter with the resurrected Jesus after his resurrection.
Ehrman in his book How Jesus Became God, that Mary Magdalene “enjoys such prominence in all of the Gospel Resurrection accounts, despite the fact that she is almost missing anywhere else in the Gospels.” In the whole New Testament, she is mentioned just once in connection with Jesus during his public ministry (Luke 8:1–3), yet despite this, she is always the first to report that Jesus has been risen from the dead.
What is the reason behind this?
It was bestowed to Mary Magdalene the distinction of being not only the first person in history to view the resurrected Jesus, but also the first person in history to announce, “I have seen the Lord!” (See also John 20:18.) Whatever it was that these eyewitnesses witnessed changed their lives to the point that they were prepared to suffer and die as a result.
On his excursions around the Roman Empire, he was beaten, imprisoned, stoned, hungry, and lost at sea, and he was always in risk of being attacked by every kind of evil.
For example, Peter was nailed on a cross. James had been stoned. Paul was executed by beheading. Whatever it was that they witnessed was worth risking their lives for. They sealed their testimony with the blood of their victims.
The Magic Wand of ‘Mass Hysteria’
Some historians have hypothesized that the eyewitnesses to the Resurrection were just hallucinating in order to explain away these appearances of the Resurrection. Dale Allison, a New Testament scholar, has written a great book, Resurrecting Jesus, in which he analyzes the scientific research and literature on hallucinations that have been published. He finds that in documented occurrences, there are four things that do not occur, as follows: (or rarely happen). For starters, hallucinations are seldom witnessed by many individuals or groups over a prolonged period of time, according to research.
Third, no evidence has ever been shown to support the claim that a deceased person has been revived.
(It’s also worth noting that hallucinations are not often associated with the founding of global movements or the establishment of world religions.) Nonetheless, in the case of Jesus’ resurrection appearances, every single one of these extremely unusual or seemingly impossible situations has come to occur in the same instance.
Even if one person has a hallucination, twelve people at the same time?
“These are valid concerns, and waving the magical wand of’mass hysteria’ will not make them go away.” “Mass hysteria is not a panacea for all problems.”
In the face of such a compelling historical record, the only alternative option offered by credible experts is some form of “I don’t know.” “That Jesus’ followers (and later Paul) had Resurrection experiences is, in my opinion, a fact,” argues noted New Testament scholar E. P. Sanders in The Historical Figure of Jesus. “That Jesus’ followers (and later Paul) had Resurrection experiences is, in my opinion, a fact.” “I have no idea what the reality was that gave rise to the experiences.” Jordan Peterson, a well-known professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, is also included in this group of individuals.
Upon being questioned explicitly if Jesus had truly arose from the grave, Peterson said, “I’d need to think about it for approximately three more years before I’d even attempt a response beyond what I’ve already said.” The cautious-point agnostic’s of view is one that ought to be heard.
Nonetheless, if someone with an open mind and heart, such as Peterson, pursues the evidence wherever it goes, I am confident that he will find himself at Jesus’ feet, saying with Thomas, “My Lord and my God!” (See also John 20:28.)
The remarkable character of Jesus’ resurrection reminds me of a moment from Shakespeare’sHamlet, which is one of my favorite scenes in all of literature. The play starts with the “wondrous weird” apparition of Hamlet’s deceased father to Bernardo and Marcellus, and then to Hamlet’s friend Horatio, which are described as “wondrous odd” in nature. As the skeptic of the group, Horatio is challenged by Hamlet to reconsider his skepticism about supernatural events in the following exchange: But this is amazing weird!
- In any case, as a stranger, please accept my greetings.
- When Shakespeare communicates via Hamlet, he is advising us to be prepared for the unthinkable.
- It is, without a doubt, marvelous and weird that the ghost of Hamlet’s father is coming to people, but do not dismiss it just on the basis of this fact.
- Everything in our magnificent planet (and beyond) is happening at a faster rate than you can possibly fathom.
- The ancient world, as well as present times, should be viewed with an open mind when miraculous claims are made.
The most crucial question to ask about any miracle claim is, “What proof do you have to back up your claim?” After all, even from the most critical researchers’ perspective, we have seen that the weight of the historical evidence attests that a large number of persons and groups thought they had seen the rising Jesus.
- What makes you think they’re lying?
- Moreover, we may go beyond the first century to discover how believing in the Resurrection lay the groundwork for all of Western civilization, inspiring some of the world’s greatest works of art and literature as well as works of music, film, philosophy, morals, and ethics.
- And if all of that isn’t enough, let our Horatios look around at the billions of people all across the globe who are willing to attest to how the living Christ has altered their lives right before their eyes.
- They have discovered in Christ all of the treasures of wisdom and understanding that can be found.
- They are looking for it in you.
- Before Easter goes away into the shuffle of regular life, ask your neighbor: What (or who) did all those witnesses witness and how did they perceive it?
- This is indeed a wondrous strangeness!
- Justin Bass is a professor of New Testament at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary in Amman, Jordan, where he lives with his wife and children.
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Did Jesus Really Rise From The Dead? Evidence of The Resurrection
Brittany Yesudasan is a model and actress. Many people all across the world participate in some form in the Easter celebration. The majority of people in the United States celebrate Easter with colored-egg hunts and Easter bunnies. Christians mark the day with jubilant worship services and a reminder that “He has risen from the dead.” Have you ever heard someone say something like this? Christians gather on Easter Sunday to remind one another that Jesus resurrected from the grave for several reasons.
The idea that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the tomb three days later is a fundamental part of the Christian faith.
The miracle of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead has been examined and argued for hundreds of years and continues to this day.
Fortunately, if you are prepared to hunt for it, there is a wealth of material available to you that may assist you in learning more about the subject.
Why Is It Important That Jesus Rose From the Dead?
You might have a lot of beliefs about Jesus while being skeptical about His resurrection. The fact that Jesus was crucified and died is acknowledged by many religions, but they do not accept that He rose from the dead. Jesus did indeed rise from the grave, and the fact that he did so is essential to the Christian belief. According to one group of Christians, Paul, an early Christian leader and author of most of the New Testament, stated, “If Christ has not been risen, our message is futile, and your faith is worthless” (1 Corinthians 15:14, New International Version).
On the contrary, he is asserting that the resurrection of Jesus is at the heart of the Christian religion — and that it is so vital that there is no Christian faith at all if it is not observed.
To Fulfill the Old Testament Prophecy
Today, you have the advantage of being able to read the whole Bible, including both the portion written before the time of Jesus, known as the Old Testament, and the portion written after, known as the New Testament, in one sitting. The 66 books that make up the Old and New Testaments are all part of a single tale that is continuous throughout. It is impossible to separate the Old Testament from the New Testament. A Messiah (a Savior) was on the way, and God promised His people throughout the Old Testament that He would come to transform the way they lived.
- God revealed to the Israelites the particular signs and characteristics that would distinguish the one who would be sent by Himself.
- He desires for you to be able to identify what He is doing at all times.
- There were many, yet He saw to it that they were all met.
- Even though the Messiah would experience death, His body would not deteriorate because He would rise from the dead again.
As a reminder of His death, all he had were the markings on his hands and feet, as well as the wound in his side. Christians believe that Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is vital because He was required to rise from the grave in order to fulfill the predictions of the Old Testament.
To Confirm Jesus’ Own Words
According to the Gospels — the four books of the New Testament that tell the story of Jesus’ life — Jesus often quoted Old Testament passages to His 12 closest followers, alluding to what would take place during the week of Hiscrucifixionandresurrection. He spoke to them in parables, which are stories or short sayings that illustrate something true about God. This allowed them to connect the dots once everything took place so they could understand. Jesus himself told the disciples of His death and that He would be alive again.
- The common understanding of the Messiah at the time was that He would become the king of an earthly kingdom, like King David in the Old Testament.
- So much of what Jesus said did not make sense to them because it did not fit what they believed about the Messiah.
- Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
- “This shall never happen to You!” (Matthew 16:21-22, NIV) Jesus told his disciples what was about to happen and assured them that He would be raised to life again.
By His Life, We Live
Many people do not believe that the fact that Jesus is still alive has any substantial influence on their religious beliefs. Perhaps you believe that Christianity is governed by a complex set of laws and that good actions win one’s ticket into Heaven. Some faiths, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, function on this or a similar principle. Nevertheless, according to the Bible, when you become a disciple of Jesus, you enter into a relationship with him. This relationship is not dependent on your actions, but rather on what Jesus accomplished.
- All humans are deserving of God’s wrath as a result of this.
- Despite the fact that He was sinless, He died on the cross in place of you and me.
- Not only did He have to die for you, but He also had to vanquish death in order to save you from yourself.
- Because He is alive, His disciples will continue to live even after they have died physically.
- Furthermore, Christ is the Son of God who came to earth in the shape of a man.
Humans are unable to return to life once they have died. In the event that He had stayed dead, it would have called into question the claim that He was the Son of God. By appearing alive and healthy, He validates what He has revealed about Himself as the Son of God in the past.
Is There Evidence That Jesus Rose From the Dead?
Many people do not believe that the fact that Jesus is alive has any substantial influence on their religious beliefs, while many others do not believe that it does. There’s a chance you believe that Christianity is filled with rigid regulations, and that good acts gain you admission to Heaven. Some faiths, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, function on this or a related principle. When you become a follower of Jesus, on the other hand, the Bible says that you establish a relationship with Jesus.
- Each and every person is born with a wicked nature and is incapable of resisting temptation to commit evil.
- The difference is that Jesus took your penalty.
- The alternative would be for Him to continue to be dead, and you would be out of luck.
- The only reason you have hope of living in the eternity He promised you is because sin and death have been defeated once and for all by His sacrifice.
- As a disciple of Jesus, you may be certain that death has been vanquished and will have no permanent influence over you.
- His resurrection from the dead provides as evidence that He was more than just a normal mortal.
- If He had stayed dead, the claim that He was the Son of God would have been called into question.
Jesus Really Died
The claims of Christians that Jesus died and resurrected from the grave have been explored by a number of people over the course of history. Various theories have been advanced regarding Jesus’ resurrection, but one thing that virtually everyone agrees on is that Jesus was a genuine person who lived and was executed by the Romans in the manner described in the New Testament. However, in order for Jesus to rise from the grave, he would have had to have died in the first place. There is significant suggestion that Jesus was never truly dead in the traditional sense.
- But, without a doubt, Jesus died.
- One of the Roman soldiers poked a spear into Jesus’ side as they prepared to lower him from the crucifixion, according to tradition.
- When such a combination occurs, it implies cardiac failure, which should be sufficient evidence for anybody to conclude that Jesus was indeed dead – totally aside from the fact that He was impaled!
- If they were found to have failed in their duty to execute someone, they would be held accountable – and they would very certainly lose their lives as a result.
- Furthermore, all stories agree that Jesus was really buried in a tomb after his death.
Following Jesus’ death, the men who carried his body to the tomb, which was guarded by a number of Roman soldiers, were members of his following. He would not have been buried if his own disciples did not likewise accept without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was, in fact, no longer alive.
It’s Not a Later Legend
Some have hypothesized that the tale of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was a fiction that evolved later on — long after the real event of His death — and that it was fabricated to support a religious belief. If this were to be accurate, it would be a compelling cause to cast doubt on the narrative. No one would have been able to substantiate the events that took place decades ago. However, the tales of Jesus that were written down occurred within a few decades of his crucifixion, and the stories contained within those accounts had been passed about for years before they were recorded.
The Tomb Was Empty
The empty tomb is one of the most perplexing aspects of the tale for people who aren’t sure what to make of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. It is also one of the most difficult to comprehend. There are a lot of questions raised by this. Is it possible that they didn’t truly bury Jesus’ body at all? The grave where He is claimed to have been buried belonged to a famous Jewish leader, according to legend. His burial site would not have been hidden or difficult to find. Perhaps a more inconspicuous place would have been more appropriate if the disciples were attempting to concoct a narrative about an empty tomb.
- The narrative of Jesus’ resurrection is said to have spread quickly among his disciples when it occurred, according to historical records.
- In addition, Roman soldiers were stationed outside the tomb, and the entry was barred from the outside.
- The fact that Romans and high-ranking Jewish authorities accused Jesus’ followers of taking the body was the most compelling evidence in support of the empty tomb.
- They might have just stated that the corpse did not appear at the tomb, and if the body did not leave the tomb, they could have simply stated that the tomb they were guarding had been left undisturbed.
- “Take a look around for yourself.” However, rather than contesting the fact that the tomb was empty, they accused others of stealing the deceased’s body.
People Saw Him Alive
Women were among the first to see Jesus’ resurrection, according to the Bible, who was raised from the dead. Interestingly, the fact that followers of Jesus assert that the earliest witnesses to the live Jesus were women provides evidence that the tale is correct. The testimony of a woman was not highly regarded in Jewish society at the time in question. For example, if the disciples had concocted the entire story in order to put out a realistic and persuasive case, they would very certainly have stated that someone, most likely a notable individual, was the first to see Jesus.
If not for the fact that they were the first witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection, people who say he rose from the dead would resort to witnesses who were unlikely to be believed.
According to the Bible, there were once more than 500 witnesses there at the same moment.
Hallucinations, on the other hand, occur on an individual basis.
There has never been a documented instance of a collective hallucination in history. It is reasonable to think that if so many individuals at the time were in agreement about what they observed, it is reasonable to infer that they were speaking the truth.
His Followers Stuck to Their Story
Because of Jesus’ arrest and subsequent death, his followers were caught completely off guard. They spent the day following His death alone, dispersed, befuddled, and in mourning. They had been vanquished. These guys would go on to be outspoken supporters of the Christian message in their respective communities. Jesus had 12 close followers, who are referred to as His “disciples” in popular culture. One of these individuals, Judas, had betrayed Jesus and then committed himself as a result of his actions.
- In the end, ten of them were executed for their testimony that Jesus was alive, while the eleventh was deported and imprisoned.
- However, they continued even when they were presented with the decision of either abandoning their message and confessing it was a fraud or losing their lives.
- According to the only explanation for such a shift in attitude, the disciples were convinced that they had saw Jesus alive and well following His crucifixion and that the fact that He had survived was worth dying for.
- Why would so many men give their lives for something they were well aware was false?
Have Faith and Seek Truth
The importance of asking the question “Did Jesus actually resurrect from the dead?” cannot be overstated. God does not require His children to believe blindly in order to please Him. Despite the fact that there are some things that we as humans can never fully comprehend, God provides us with answers when we seek them from Him. When you question anything, it is not improper to do so since the Truth will never fail you when you question it. You may have trust in what the Bible teaches because it is true.
Because the more we study about what God’s Word has to say and the more we strive to grasp it, the clearer the answers will become.
Continue to investigate on your spiritual path.
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What Does Cru Believe?
Cru is a Christian group that strives to ensure that all people are allowed to have open and honest discussions about their faith and about Jesus Christ. Cru believes that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and that it is accurate and without mistake. In addition, Cru may be sure in the Bible’s historical accuracy because it contains information and events that have been historically proven. Despite the fact that it was authored by many different persons over a lengthy period of time, the Bible does not contain any contradictions.
He lived a flawless life and was sentenced to death on a cross as a punishment.
Not only does Cru believe this to be accurate because it is recorded in God’s Word, the Bible, but also because it is an event that has been corroborated by other historical records and has withstood the test of time.
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The Resurrection of Jesus – Bible Story
After the Sabbath had ended, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb early the next morning, which was the first day of the week. When an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and went to the tomb, he rolled the stone back and took up a position on it, causing a severe earthquake to occur. 3His look was as flashy as lightning, and his clothing were as white as the snow around him. 4When he appeared, the guards trembled and looked like dead men, such was their terror at his appearance.
- Come and have a look at the spot where he was buried.
- 9 Suddenly, Jesus appeared in front of them.
- They walked up to him, clutched his feet, and prostrated themselves before him.
- I have overcome the world.” Tell my brothers to travel to Galilee, where they will be able to meet me.
12After the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they handed over a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’14If this report reaches the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.
- Furthermore, this myth has continued to be extensively repeated among Jews until this very day.
- 17When they saw him, they worshipped him, but others were skeptics about him.
- And without a doubt, I will be with you constantly, till the end of the era.” Immediately after the Sabbath had ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased spices so that they may go to the tomb and anoint Jesus’ corpse.
- They were startled to discover that the massive stone had been rolled away as they raised their eyes to the sky.
- 6″Don’t be afraid,” he assured the audience.
- He isn’t in the room.
- However, when you get there, inform his followers and Peter that “He is going ahead of you into Galilee.” It is there that you will find him, exactly as he promised you.'” 8With trembling and bewilderment, the ladies rushed out of the tomb and ran away.
- 9When Jesus arose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast seven devils out the previous night.
- 11After hearing that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they were skeptical and refused to believe it.
- The remainder, however, did not trust them when they returned and told what had happened.
- 15He told them, “Go throughout all the world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” He meant it.
Moreover, the following signs will accompany those who believe: “In my name, they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;18they will pick up snakes with their hands, and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will lay their hands on sick people, and they will recover.” Following his words to them, the Lord Jesus was carried up into heaven, where he now sits at the right side of the Father.
- 20After that, the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them, confirming his word by the signs that followed his message.
- 3But when they went into the tomb, they were unable to locate the body of the Lord Jesus because the stone had been rolled away.
- 5The ladies knelt down to the ground, their faces pressed against the earth, but the men questioned them, saying, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” 6He is not present; he has risen from the dead!
- 9When they returned from the tomb, they told the Eleven and the rest of the group about all that had happened.
- 11However, they did not trust the women since their comments appeared to them to be complete gibberish to them.
- When he bent over, he noticed the pieces of linen laying by themselves, and he walked away, puzzled as to what had happened.
- 14They were exchanging information with one another about all that had occurred.
17He inquired of them, “What are you talking about as you go down the street?” They remained still, their expressions gloomy.
“It’s all about Jesus of Nazareth,” they said in response.
20The chief priests and our rulers gave him over to be sentenced to death, and he was crucified;21but we had thought that he was the one who would bring Israel back from the brink of destruction.
22In addition, some of our female colleagues astounded us.
This group of people showed in and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who had assured them that he was still alive.
26Didn’t the Messiah have to go through all of this in order to be able to enter his glory?” He began with Moses and all the Prophets and worked his way down the line, explaining to them all that has been written about himself in the Scriptures.
29However, they pressed him to stay with them, saying, “Stay with us, for it is now dark; the day is almost done.” So he moved in with them for a while.
31At that point, their eyes were awakened, and they recognized him, and he vanished from view.
33They rose to their feet and immediately returned to Jerusalem.
“The Lord has risen from the dead and has appeared to Simon,” says the Lord.
36While they were still debating this, Jesus himself appeared among them and addressed them, saying, “Peace be with you.” 37They were astonished and terrified, believing they had witnessed a ghost.
It is, in fact, I myself!
While they were still unable to believe it due to their excitement and amazement, he said, “Do you have anything here to eat?” In their presence, they handed him a piece of roasted fish, which he accepted and consumed in their presence.
45After that, Jesus opened their brains to enable them to comprehend the Scriptures.
48You are present as eyewitnesses to these events.
50After he had brought them out to the area around Bethany, he blessed them by raising his hands in the air and blessing them.
52At that point, they prostrated themselves before Jesus and returned to Jerusalem with great delight.
The tomb was empty when Mary Magdalene arrived at it early on the first day of the week, when it was still dark.
Consequently, Mary ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, who was also Jesus’ favorite, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we have no idea where they’ve hidden him!” 3As a result, Peter and the other disciple began their journey to the tomb.
5He bent over and took a glance inside at the pieces of linen that were laying on the floor, but he did not go in.
His eyes were drawn to the strips of linen that were laying on the ground, as well as the fabric that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head.
He saw and believed what he was seeing.
11At this point, Mary was wailing outside the grave.
13They inquired as to her sobs, “Woman, what are you sobbing about?” “They have stolen my Lord away,” she lamented, adding, “and I have no idea where they have hidden him.” At this point, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t realize that it was Jesus until later.
“Can you tell me who you’re looking for?” The woman mistook him for a gardener and exclaimed, “Sir, if you have taken him away, please tell me where you have put him, and I will come and get him.” 16Jesus called her by her given name, “Mary.” In Aramaic, she called out, “Rabboni!” (which translates as “Teacher”).
“Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father,” Jesus said.
Jesus appeared among them and exclaimed, “Peace be with you!” on the evening of that first day of the week, when all of the disciples were gathering and the doors were shut out of dread of the Jewish authorities.
When the disciples finally saw the Lord, they were joyful.
” “I am sending you in the same way that the Father has sent me.” He then breathed on them, saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” The Bible says, “If you forgive anyone’s transgressions, those transgressions are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, those transgressions remain unforgivable.” 24However, Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not there when Jesus appeared to the disciples.
- 25As a result, the other disciples informed him that they had witnessed the Lord.
- Despite the fact that the doors were closed, Jesus entered and stood among them, saying, “Peace be with you!” He then instructed Thomas to “Put your finger here; look at my hands.” 28 You can put your hand into my side if you reach out your hand.
- 29Then Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen but have believed.” “Blessed are those who have not seen but have believed,” Jesus said.
- Those writings, on the other hand, are written in order for you to come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life through his name.
- 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred siblings and sisters at the same time, the vast majority of them are still alive, but some have passed away.
- 14And if Christ has not been risen from the dead, our preaching, as well as your faith, is pointless.
- However, he did not raise him if it is true that the dead do not rise.
- 18Then there are those who have fallen asleep in Christ who are no longer alive.
- Christ, on the other hand, has indeed been raised from the dead, and he is the firstfruits of those who have died.
- 54When the perishable has been clothed in the imperishable, and the mortal has been clothed in immortality, then the proverbial phrase “Death has been swallowed up in triumph” will come true.
- Thanks be to God for this, though!
Regarding his Son, who was a descendant of David throughout his earthly life,4and who, by the Spirit of holiness, was appointed the Son of God in authority by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord, 3God has shown himself to us in three ways: 8Keep in mind that Jesus Christ, who was risen from the grave and descended from David, should be remembered.
In fact, he who fell is the same one who rose higher than all the sky in order to fill the entire cosmos.
Even after my skin has been destroyed, I will still be able to see God because I have been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also risen with him by your confidence in God’s working, who raised him from the grave.
He has forgiven us of all our sins,14having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away by nailing it to the cross; he has freed us from that burden.
3Or do you not realize that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have also been baptized into his death and resurrection?
5For if we have been united with him in a death similar to his, we will undoubtedly also be united with him in a resurrection similar to his, and so forth.
8If we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him in the future.
10With his death, he put an end to sin for all time; but by his life, he puts an end to sin for all time. 11In the same way, consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.