1. Jesus himself testified to his coming resurrection from the dead.
- Jesus was very honest about what would happen to him, including his death and resurrection from the grave.
- In order for the Son of Man to endure many things, including being rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, as well as being murdered and rising from the dead after three days, he must first be rejected by them (Mark 8:31; see also Matthew 17:22; Luke 9:22).
- Those who believe in the resurrection of Christ will almost certainly claim that Jesus was delusional, or (more likely) that the early church put these comments in Jesus’ lips in order to force him to teach the deception that they had already invented about the resurrection.
- This attempt to explain away Jesus’ own evidence of his resurrection from the dead would, however, leave people who have studied the Gospels and come to the reasoned belief that the one who speaks so compellingly through these witnesses is not a product of dumb imagination dissatisfied.
Furthermore, the phrases that forecast the resurrection are not only plain and straightforward terms like those given before, but they are also exceedingly oblique and indirect words that are considerably less likely to be the simple creation of misguided followers than the simple words quoted above.When it comes to Jesus’ remark during his lifetime that if his enemies destroyed the temple (of his body), he would rebuild it in three days, two distinct witnesses testify in two completely different ways about the same event (John 2:19; Mark 14:58; cf.Matthew 26:61).
- ″The fact that Jesus himself talked of the resurrection is our first piece of proof for the resurrection.″ He also alluded to the ″sign of Jonah,″ which he described as three days in the depths of the earth (Matthew 12:39; 16:4).
- It was hinted to again in Matthew 21:42, ″The exact stone that the builders rejected has been transformed into the head of the corner.″ Furthermore, on top of his own testimony to the imminent resurrection, his accusers said that the following statement was part of Jesus’ claim: ″Sir, we recall how that impostor declared, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise’″ (Matthew 27:63).
- As a result, the fact that Jesus himself talked of the resurrection serves as our first piece of proof.
- According to their scope and nature, it is improbable that a delusional church concocted these utterances.
- Furthermore, the character of Jesus himself, as revealed by these witnesses, has not been characterized as a madman or a fraud by the majority of people.
2. The tomb was empty on Easter.
″When they went in, they did not locate the corpse of the Lord Jesus,″ according to the oldest records (Luke 24:3). And the adversaries of Jesus corroborated this by stating that the disciples had taken the corpse from the tomb of Jesus (Matthew 28:13). It was not possible to locate Jesus’s lifeless corpse. There are four plausible explanations for this phenomenon.
- The body was stolen by his adversaries. If they had (and they never claimed to have done so), they almost certainly would have produced the body in order to prevent the widespread spread of the Christian faith in the exact city where the crucifixion took place, if they had. However, they were unable to produce it since his buddies had stolen the body. This was a rumor that started early (Matthew 28:11–15). Is it a possibility? Could they have gotten past the tomb’s guardians without being noticed? More importantly, would they have started preaching with such power that Jesus had been risen if they had known he had not been? Would they have endangered their lives and taken beatings for something they were well aware was a fraud?
- It wasn’t until they lay him in the tomb that they realized he wasn’t dead, but simply unconscious. After a few encounters with his disciples, during which he persuaded them that he had resurrected from the grave, Jesus vanished from history. This was a line that was never attempted by Jesus’ opponents. He was clearly no longer alive. That was taken care of by the Romans. Jesus was nailed to a crucifixion for six hours and was pierced in the side with a spear, yet God was able to move the stone with the power of his own will. God resurrected Jesus from the dead. This is exactly what he said would happen. It is true that everything the disciples said occurred. Modern people, on the other hand, believe that as long as there is a distant prospect of explaining the resurrection naturalistically, we should refrain from jumping to a supernatural explanation. Is this a reasonable request? No, I don’t believe so. Of course, we don’t want to be taken in by a scam. In the same way, we don’t want to dismiss the truth simply because it’s weird. The fact that our commitments are heavily influenced by our desires at this stage must be recognized — whether our preferences be for the condition of circumstances that would result from the resurrection’s truth, or for the state of affairs that would result from its falsity. If the gospel of Jesus has opened your eyes to the truth of God and the need for forgiveness, for example, anti-supernatural dogma may find it difficult to maintain control over your thoughts. What if this openness to the resurrection is not a matter of prejudice for it at all but rather of freedom from prejudice against it?
- ″Neither before nor after the resurrection, the disciples were not naïve, but rather skeptics with a cool mind.
- ″ My argument for this shift was that they had witnessed the resurrected Christ and had been given permission to serve as his witnesses to the world (Acts 2:32).
- Most people believe that their confidence was a result of hallucinations, which is the most prevalent competing explanation.
- An idea of this nature is fraught with several difficulties.
While the disciples were not credulous, they maintained their cool heads and skepticism throughout the course of the event (Mark 9:32, Luke 24:11, John 20:8-9, 25).Furthermore, is the profound and lofty message of those who encountered the resurrected Christ the substance on which hallucinations are fabricated?What about the wonderful epistle to the Romans written by Paul?
- Personally, I find it difficult to believe that this huge mind with a truly transparent spirit could be misguided or deceitful, especially considering that he claimed to have seen the rising Christ.
4. Paul claimed that, not only had he seen the risen Christ, but that five hundred others had seen him also, and many were still alive when he made this public claim.
- As a result, Jesus appeared to more than five hundred brothers at a single moment, the vast majority of them are still living, but some have passed away (1 Corinthians 15:6).
- What makes this so pertinent is because it was addressed to Greeks who were suspicious of such claims at a time when many of the witnesses were still living, making it very timely.
- Thus, if the assertion might be contradicted by any direct investigation, it was a hazardous one to make.
5. The sheer existence of a thriving, empire-conquering early Christian church supports the truth of the resurrection claim.
- As a result, Jesus appeared to more than five hundred brothers at a single moment, the vast majority of them are still living, while some have passed away″ (1 Corinthians 15:6).
- That it was addressed to Greeks who were dubious of such statements at a time when many of the witnesses were still living makes it particularly relevant now.
- Thus, if the claim might be contradicted by any direct investigation, it was a dangerous assertion.
6. The apostle Paul’s conversion supports the truth of the resurrection.
- In Galatians 1:11–17, he argues to a somewhat hostile audience that his message comes from the resurrected Jesus Christ, and not from men or other sources.
- Before his Damascus Road encounter with the rising Jesus and his subsequent conversion, he claims to have been vehemently opposed to the Christian religion (Acts 9:1).
- But now, to everyone’s surprise, he is willing to lay down his life for the sake of the gospel (Acts 9:24–25).
- According to his account, the resurrected Jesus appeared to him and gave him the authority to direct the Gentile mission (Acts 26:15–18).
Is it possible to give such a testimonial credence?This leads to the next point of contention.
7. The New Testament witnesses do not bear the stamp of dupes or deceivers.
- How do you provide credibility to a witness?
- What factors do you consider while deciding whether or not to believe someone’s testimony?
- A person’s testimony is not the same as solving a mathematical problem, and the decision to give credibility to that testimony is not the same as that decision.
- I have faith in my wife’s witness that she is loyal, which is a different type of assurance, but it may be just as strong.
When a witness has passed away, we can only judge him on the basis of the substance of his writings and the testimony of those who have witnessed his actions.How do the apostles Peter and John, as well as Matthew and Paul, compare?At least in my opinion (and we can only live genuinely by our own judgment at this point — see Luke 12:57), the writings of these guys do not read like the works of naive, easily fooled, and/or deception-prone individuals.
- Their understanding of human nature is ground-breaking.
- Their personal commitment is solemn and meticulously conveyed in their public statement.
- Their teachings are logical and do not appear to be the product of unstable men’s imagination.
- The moral and spiritual bar has been raised to a very high level.
- And the lives of these guys are completely committed to the truth and to God’s glory and reputation.
8. There is a self-authenticating glory in the gospel of Christ’s death and resurrection as narrated by the biblical witnesses.
- ″We are opened to the glory of Christ in his life, death, and resurrection because of the work of the Holy Spirit.″ According to the teachings of the New Testament, God sent the Holy Spirit to exalt Jesus as the Son of God.
- ″When the Spirit of truth arrives, he will lead you into all the truth….
- He will glorify me,″ Jesus added (John 16:13).
- This is not accomplished by the Holy Spirit informing us that Jesus has risen from the grave.
He accomplishes this by allowing us to view the self-authenticating splendor of Christ as revealed in the narrative of his life, death, and resurrection, which he opens our eyes to behold.He gives us the ability to view Jesus for who he truly was, allowing us to see him as irresistibly truthful and lovely.This is how the apostle Paul described the problem of our blindness, as well as the solution: ″The god of this world has blinded unbelievers’ minds so that they will not be able to see the light of the gospel, which is the glory of Christ, who is God’s image….
- As a result of God’s command to ″let light shine out of darkness,″ light has shone in our hearts, illuminating our minds with the knowledge of God’s glory reflected in the face of Jesus Christ″ (2 Corinthians 4:4, 6).
- Right thinking about historical events does not automatically result in a saving understanding of Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
- Being able to recognize such things for what they truly are is the outcome of spiritual illumination: a revelation of the truth and glory of God in the face of Christ — who has not changed from yesterday to today and from eternity.
How we know Jesus rose from the dead
- So, how can we know for certain that Jesus resurrected from the dead?
- I could provide you with a conventional response.
- ″Well, the Bible claims he rose from the dead, and the Bible has numerous contemporary eyewitness stories that have been supported by non-Christian, non-Biblical evidence, and it has been given to us accurately via various sources,″ the argument might go.
- Many Christians would reply in this way, and they would be quite correct.
Alternatively, I may say: ″Do you know what?Since we believe that Jesus resurrected from the grave, we live as if there is such a thing as unconditional love.We live as if we should love everyone, no matter what, especially the disadvantaged, the impoverished and those who are rejected.″ Please be advised that by submitting your email address, you acknowledge and agree that you will get email messages from HarperCollins Christian Publishing (501 Nelson Place, Nashville, TN 37214 USA) with information on products and services offered by the company and its affiliates.
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- If we are nothing more than atoms and molecules, if we are nothing more than another life form on this planet, we should only love the rich, the mighty, and the strong, those who provide us with a competitive edge, and those who do not.
- Somehow, though, we have the impression that we should love everyone unconditionally—particularly the weak, the destitute, the ostracized, and the outcasts.
- From where did this concept come to be?
- The Easter narrative is one source from which we might draw inspiration.
- God becomes one of us in this process.
- The affluent become destitute, the mighty become weak, and the living become dead as a result of this transformation.
- He returns to life in order to love us and provide us with a new beginning.
- If Jesus rose from the grave, then we live as if there is a reason, hope, and significance to this existence.
- Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl writes in Man’s Search for Meaning that the only way we can live and survive is to have a tale larger than our own to live for, and that is what he believes.
That is what Jesus provides for us.We have something greater to live for as a result of his resurrection than simply our own personal tale.As a result, how do I know for certain that Jesus resurrected from the dead?Ultimately, we conduct our lives as though Jesus had risen from the dead.
- Whenever we speak of purpose, hope, and significance, as well as unconditional love, we are acting as if Jesus had risen from the grave.
- Sam Chan, a public evangelist with the City Bible Forum in Sydney, Australia, writes today’s piece.
- He often communicates the gospel with high school students, city employees, physicians, and attorneys, among other groups.
- His book, Evangelism in a Skeptical World, as well as a course on the subject are also accessible.
- View the FREE preview to get a better idea of what to expect: Books and articles that will help you think and minister in a biblically centered manner.
After that, you should talk about how much exegetical material you want to provide in your sermon.What amount of exegetical material should you include in your sermon is up to you.Effective preaching requires a thorough understanding of the science of solid biblical interpretation.However, it must be used in conjunction with the art of.
How do we ‘prove’ that Jesus rose from the dead?
- The fresco of ″The Resurrection″ by Renaissance artist Pintoricchio, which can be seen in the Vatican’s Borgia Apartments, may be seen in this photo given by the Vatican Museums.
- (Photo courtesy of the Vatican Museums courtesy of the Catholic News Service) Question: I have a buddy who, sadly, is not a believer in the Christian faith.
- She expresses special skepticism against the notion that Jesus resurrected from the death.
- Without video evidence, I truly don’t think anything short of that will persuade her.
If I could say anything to her that you would find useful, would you mind telling me what it is?— By email, with the recipient’s name withheld Answer: The vast majority of individuals would simply state that they are aware that Jesus Christ rose from the grave since it is stated so explicitly in the Bible.Despite the fact that this is right, it is not the most appropriate response.
- The correct response is that we know that Jesus has risen from the dead since the apostles stated that he had done so themselves.
- They have firsthand knowledge of this reality.
- ″Thus it is prophesied that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning with Jerusalem,″ Jesus himself affirms in his words.
- ″You are present as eyewitnesses to these events″ (Lk 24:46-48).
- As a result, it is the firsthand testimony of the apostles that serves as the foundation for our belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Surely, the Holy Spirit also supports those of us who have confidence in this truth in our assent to and clinging to it.
- However, others, such as your buddy, would wonder how we can be certain that what the apostles stated and subsequently recorded is correct.
- What if they made it all up, or if they were suffering from some sort of hallucination or illusion?
- How about the possibility that by the Resurrection they just meant that Jesus continued to exist in their hearts and memories?
- As St.
- John Chrysostom said in a sermon, ″How could 12 ignorant men who lived on lakes, rivers, and wastelands have come up with the concept for such a massive undertaking?″ How could men who had never set foot in a city or a public plaza imagine embarking on a campaign to conquer the entire world?
- They were afraid and timid men, and the preacher made it apparent that they were such; he did not deny this or attempt to conceal their flaws.
Indeed, he converted them into evidence of his point of view.What did he have to say about them?The fact that when Christ was captured, they fled despite all the miracles they had witnessed, while the one who was in charge of the others repudiated Christ!How do you explain the fact that these men, who could not stand up to Jewish attacks during Christ’s lifetime, now go out to fight against the entire world if Christ is no longer alive — if, as you believe, Christ did not rise and speak to them and inspire their courage?
- Is it possible that they asked themselves: ‘What is this?’ He was unable to defend himself, but now he promises to protect us?
- Although he did not help himself while he was living, do you think he will now lend us a helping hand now that he is no longer alive?
- ‘He never brought a nation under his flag during his lifetime, but by using his name, we would be able to take over the entire world?’ Wouldn’t it be completely insane to even entertain such thoughts, much less act on them, if one were to do so?
- ″It is clear, then, that if they had not witnessed his resurrection and had no evidence of his power, they would not have taken such a risk.″ Indeed!
- Not only did they take such a big risk, but they also suffered tremendously!
Every single one of them, with the exception of John, died as martyrs.Were it not for some elaborate fabrication or some romantic belief that Jesus was still alive in some manner in their hearts, they would never have gone to such lengths.Clearly, they were touched and convinced by the reality of the Resurrection to such an extent that their lives were forever transformed as a result.″That item definitely shook their world!″ we may exclaim in a modern-day slang phrase.And, as for the allegation of delusion, it is feasible for one guy to be deluded, perhaps even two, but for 12 men to be collectively insane is unthinkable.
- It would require more faith to believe this than it would take to just believe they were speaking the truth.
- Not a falsehood, not a fanciful hope, not a delusion, but the genuine actuality of the actual Resurrection is the only thing that can truly explain the courageous and tenacious going forth of Christ’s apostles and disciples.
- These are credible eyewitnesses to the events.
- Christ has certainly risen from the dead.
- Pastor of Holy Comforter-St.
- Cyprian Church in Washington, DC, and writer for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., he may be found on the Archdiocese of Washington, DC’s website, blog.adw.org, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
- Questions can be sent to [email protected]
How do we know Jesus rose from the dead? Here’s the proof
- UPDATE ON THE PETITION (9/26/2020): As a result of President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the United States is closer than it has been in decades to seeing Roe v.
- Wade overturned.
- We now urge the Senate to confirm Barrett to the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
- In addition to having a stellar track record on sanctity of life issues, Judge Barrett is married with seven children and is a committed believer.
In the face of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s strong pro-abortionism, she is the ideal counterbalance.Please see the following link for the complete story: ‘BREAKING: Trump nominates Catholic mother of seven Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court,’ reports the New York Times.And then, kindly SIGN this petition, informing the Supreme Court that it is past time to overturn the activist Roe v.
- Wade decision once and for all.
- Thank you very much!
- UPDATE ON THE PETITION (6/29/2020): This week, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to strike down a Louisiana law requiring basic medical precautions in the event of abortion complications, overturning Chief Justice John Roberts’ previous decision to uphold a similarly worded Texas law.
- The decision has put more abortion-minded women in danger, sentenced more preborn to death, and angered pro-lifers across the country.
- According to the majority opinion, which was written by liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, the Louisiana statute was unconstitutional for the simple reason that it was ″almost word-for-word identical″ to a Texas law that had previously been knocked down by the court the year before.
- Chief Justice Roberts admitted in his concurring opinion that he had ″joined the opposition in Whole Woman’s Health and continues to feel that the case was incorrectly determined.″ Rather than assessing whether Whole Woman’s Health was correct or incorrect, the question today is ″whether it should be followed in deciding this particular case.″ We call on the Supreme Court to end its support for the culture of death and to reverse Roe v.
- Wade as soon as possible.
- UPDATE ON THE PETITION (1/20/2020): The March for Life, which will take place in Washington, D.C.
- this coming Friday, January 24th, will draw hundreds of thousands of people to the city.
- It is expected that the Supreme Court will hear a critical abortion-related case later this year, in March, and they will be praying for an end to Roe v.
- Our collective voices have the power to alter the path of history.
Sign this petition as soon as possible!(FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND BELOW) UPDATE ON THE PETITION (1/3/2020): The Supreme Court will hear arguments in an important abortion case later this year in March, and 207 members of Congress have signed amicus briefs in support of a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital near an abortion facility.The arguments in some of these supporting briefs also suggest that it is past time to reexamine Roe v.Wade as a sound piece of legislation.
- Please SIGN this petition, which calls on the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v.
- The Supreme Court decision Roe v.
- Wade resulted in the slaughter of more than 60 million unborn American children in their mother’s wombs.
- Numerous women have been emotionally and psychologically scarred by this activist and unconstitutional ruling from 1973.
Many people believed that the Roe v.Wade decision would be overturned in 1992 when the case of Planned Parenthood v.Casey was decided.A 5-4 decision was reached by the Supreme Court, despite having eight Republican-appointed judges on its bench at the time.Major advances have been made in the fight for life since then, and many lives have been saved as a result.
- Roe v.
- Wade, on the other hand, continues to be the law of the land, leaving millions of defenseless pre-born children vulnerable to being murdered.
- According to a 2016 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35 percent of aborted babies are African American, despite black women only making up six percent of the U.S.
- 19 percent of aborted babies are Hispanic.
- We thus again call on the court to do everything they can to end Roe vs Wade.
- Now is the time for pro-lifers to join together and ensure that all of God’s children have a right to life.
- Roe v.
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How Do We Know Christ Rose from the Dead?
- Easter Sunday and every Sunday serve to remind us that Jesus Christ has ascended to the right hand of the Father.
- But how can we know for certain that this is the case?
- If Christ is not risen from the dead, according to Paul’s epistle to the Corinthians (15:12–19), we will lose our faith, our pardon, and our salvation, he says.
- The question is, what proof do we have that Christ has been risen from the dead?
For the purpose of answering that issue, let us look at a few passages from the New Testament, particularly 1 Corinthians 15.As a starting point, there are at least four historical evidences that are not included in 1 Corinthians 15, and as a second point, there is at least three data points that are found inside 1 Corinthians 15.Almost all of these proofs are based on the eyewitness testimony of Christ’s disciples, some of whom accompanied him throughout his life and others who were converted as a result of his resurrection.
- What follows is an abbreviated version of William Lane Craig’s article ″Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?″ published in The Apologetic Study Bible, as well as an addition of four more points.
- 1 — Following his crucifixion, Jesus was buried by Joseph of Arimathea in a tomb that had been designated for him.
- It is documented in the Gospels that Jesus’ burial was performed by a historical man called Joseph of Arimathea, who was a member of the Sanhedrin (see Matt.
- 27:57–61; Mark 15:42–47; Luke 23:50–56; John 19:38–42; and John 19:38–42).
- The facts of this testimony are incredible, perhaps too incredible to be considered a legend.
- In fact, if Joseph of Arimathea were a fake, it would be rather simple to disprove it.
- On top of that, the assertion that Joseph came into contact with a dead corpse on the Day of Passover (see Numbers 19:11–13) is inconceivable, unless it actually occurred.
- No priest would dirty himself with the corpse of a dead man on the day before Passover unless he was certain that Jesus was the Messiah.
- Unless the information was accurate, these particulars would not have been manufactured or believed.
- Furthermore, the fact that Joseph buried Jesus in a designated tomb, with Roman soldiers stationed in front of it (Matthew 27:65–66), only serves to indicate that the site of the tomb was known.
- As a result, a second fact is established.
- On the Sunday following Jesus’ crucifixion, a group of his female disciples discovered that Jesus’ tomb had been empty.
Women’s testimony was not taken into consideration in Israel’s patriarchal society.As a result, the fact that women were among the first to declare Jesus’ resurrection (Matthew 28:1–10; Mark 16:1–8; Luke 24:1–10; John 20:1) was surprising.As a result, the tale gains credibility as a result of this.Having women as witnesses would not have been included in that day’s report if the apostles were attempting to compose a fabricated account of events.
- 3 — Various people and organizations claimed to have seen Jesus alive after His death on a number of occasions and under a variety of settings.
- This is confirmed by the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
- All four Gospels contain eyewitness accounts of Christ’s resurrection, which are recorded in their entirety.
- In 1 Corinthians 15:3–8, Paul adds to this list, giving us a total of six separate groups of individuals who witnessed Jesus.
- (See the next section for further information.) In spite of the fact that they had every reason to think the opposite, the initial disciples quickly and truly came to believe that Jesus had been raised from the grave.
The fact that a small number of Jews believed in the resurrection of a single man at a time when their anticipation was for a national resurrection at the end of the age only serves to emphasize the validity of Christ’s death and resurrection.Furthermore, the fact that these men and women continued to trust in Christ despite the fact that he died as a sin-cursed man, executed on a cross, serves as further evidence of the reality of the resurrection.Craig goes on to elaborate on this topic, saying,
- It was the death of their leader, and Jewish messianic aspirations did not anticipate a Messiah who, rather than triumphing over Israel’s foes, would be horribly murdered by them as a criminal
- As a heretic and a man damned by God, Jesus’ crucifixion, according to OT law, revealed Him as such.
- In accordance with Jewish beliefs about the afterlife, no one could rise from the dead to glory and immortality until the general resurrection of the dead, which would take place at the end of the world.
- As a result, the resurrection of Christ is not just reported by those who are predisposed to believe.
- As opposed to this, it is stated by individuals whose theology had to be drastically altered in order to believe in the resurrection of Christ and Christ alone from the tomb.
- It is possible to see this transition in theology during Martha’s conversation with Jesus in John 11.
- As a result, Paul’s interpretation of Jesus as the firstfruits of a common, eschatological resurrection provides context for his argument.
5 — The Old Testament bears witness to the resurrection of Messiah on the Third Day, which was the first day of the week.In instance, Paul could assert that Jesus resurrected from the dead on the third day ″in accordance with the Scriptures.″ A biblical-theological explanation for the resurrection on ″the third day″ is similar to that provided for the singular resurrection of Jesus and the requirement for a theological explanation in the case of the singular resurrection of Jesus.The resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day would make the most sense if God were to intervene and save his Son, as he did on the first day.
- The day God intervened and saved Isaac (Genesis 22:9); the day God’resurrected’ Jonah; the day God healed Hezekiah from his illness (2 Kings 20:5–6); and the day Hosea prophesied that God would restore his people: ″After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up″ (2 Kings 20:5–6).
- Consequently, when the fullness of time came, the New Testament Apostles, guided by the Spirit of Christ, were able to recognize the various ways in which the Old Testament foretold Christ’s resurrection.
- As a result, while the Jews were kept in the dark about Messiah’s death and resurrection during the Old Testament, when the mystery of the gospel was revealed to Paul and the apostles, it became clear that the Prophets had anticipated and written about Messiah’s resurrection (see Luke 24:44–49; 1 Peter 1:10–12).
- Psalm 16 was attributed to Jesus’ resurrection on the day of Pentecost, as we can see in Acts 2:25–28, and this is particularly evident.
- 6 — The Apostolic evidence adds to the Prophetic utterances of the Old Testament, which are already there.
- In specifically, in verses 3–8, Paul identifies six categories of individuals to whom Jesus came and addresses them individually.
- Importantly, Paul does not just mention them in order to inflate his statistics.
- Rather, each of his metrics tells a tale in and of itself.
- Take into consideration the influence Christ had on each and every group that Paul cites.
- As a result of his encounter with the risen Christ, Peter is returned to his former role as a fisherman for people. On and off throughout the book of Acts, we see him spreading the gospel, even while he is within earshot of the site where he rejected Jesus
- the twelve being the ones who fled after Jesus was executed. They are the ones that barricaded themselves in the Upper Room, terrified to death of what was about to take place next. However, the events that followed can only be comprehended in light of Christ’s resurrection. It was with the help of the Holy Spirit that they bore testimony to Christ’s resurrection until many of them died as a result of their witness
- The Five Hundred who saw Jesus at one time bear witness to the physical character of Christ’s resurrection. They did not have a spiritual experience or have a hallucination because they believed in Jesus. The truth is that Jesus was seen and verified by a bigger assembly than the one at Corinth. Further, Paul encourages any skeptic to seek out and listen to these witnesses, noting that many of them were still living at the time of Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church
- Paul himself could offer witness to Christ’s resurrection and the transformation that such an experience brought about. For example, we discover evidence of Paul’s conversion in Acts 9, 22, 26, Galatians 1, and 1 Timothy 1, among other places. Paul’s conversion from persecutor of the church to its most important first-century missionary is one of the most compelling evidences of Christ’s resurrection, as is the conversion of James
- James, Jesus’ half-brother, had also questioned and mocked his brother’s messianic claims before he came to faith in Christ. According to John 7, we learn that he and his brothers had invited Jesus to come and show himself in Jerusalem. Clearly, during his earthly existence, Jesus was not a believer. Nonetheless, James assumed it was sometime later, sometime after his shameful death
- It is impossible for James and the rest of the witnesses to believe unless Jesus’ resurrection is real.
- 7 — The final piece of proof may be discovered within the walls of the church of Jesus Christ.
- Over a period of 2000 years, the Church has provided consistent evidence that Jesus is still alive.
- To be sure, not every structure bearing the label ″Church″ is authentic, but I believe that the existence of counterfeit churches serves to reinforce the reality of genuine churches.
We live in a society where Satan delights in mocking and fighting Christ by ascribing his name to organizations that have no connection to the risen Christ and the gospel of salvation.Despite this, Christ’s church continues to be preserved, preached, and multiplied in the middle of the chaos and turmoil.For example, the fact that the church in China has experienced explosive growth after missionaries were expelled from the nation demonstrates that something other than human efforts is driving the church’s growth.
- Churches were jam-packed in Egypt this past Easter Sunday, one week after three explosions tore through a church structure, demonstrating the strength Christ offers to those who are suffering.
- Briefly said, what explains the church’s ability to proliferate in the face of military governments and deadly hatred?
- ″Jesus is alive!″ says my two-year-old when asked what the solution is.
- And because he is alive, he is sending his Spirit and his Word to rescue his sheep and reunite his flock with their herd.
- The Church of Jesus Christ is still being constructed today because the resurrected Christ is the one who is doing the construction.
Something Even Greater Than Evidence: The Risen Christ Himself
- All things considered, we have compelling evidence to support our belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- To be clear, it is not experimental and reproducible data that provides us with confidence in our beliefs.
- We do, however, have the testimonials of innumerable men and women who claim to have seen the risen Jesus.
- And we have the witness of the church’s 2,000-year history, in which the risen Christ has faced his sheep with his Word and his Spirit, and has transformed them in the same way that Paul was changed on the Road to Damascus.
Indeed, this is the witness that is delivered to everyone of us individually.And we must question ourselves, ″What are we going to do with Jesus Christ’s resurrection?″ However, because of our spiritual death, we will be unable to accomplish anything with it until Christ opens our eyes to see the splendor of his kingdom.All of the evidence in the world will not bring the dead back to life, but thanks be to God, our salvation does not rely on dead proof in the first place.
- It is built on the shoulders of the risen Christ, who is continually bringing the dead to life today.
- It is for this reason that we can pray, that we can believe, and that we may be certain that Jesus Christ has been risen from the grave; Why?
- As Lazarus did, Christ continues to speak to us in the same way, rousing us from our graves and joining us to him via the gift of faith in his name.
- At the end of the day, this is the reason why we believe in Jesus Christ and his resurrection.
- To God be the honor and the glory!
- Jesus is alive and well, raised from the dead, and ruling at the right hand of the Father, inviting us to repentance and trust.
- Craig, W.
- L., Soli Deo Gloria (Soli Deo Gloria) (2007).
- Is it True That Jesus Resurrected from the Dead?
- The Apologetics Study Bible was published in 1729.
How Do We Know That Jesus Literally Rose from the Dead?
- Because this is a transcription of a video Q&A, the material may not read as smoothly as it would in an edited article.
- To see this video in its full, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
- ″There are compelling evidences of Christ’s resurrection, and it would take several books to provide all of the evidences for Christ and His resurrection.″ You would certainly believe in the transformed lives of the apostles, the fact that these were men who had been cowering behind closed doors, afraid, and fleeing, and that something happened that changed their lives and caused them to become proponents of a resurrection, proponents of Jesus himself, to the extent that all of these men ultimately died for this faith in Jesus.
- Men may live for a lie, but only a small percentage of men will die for a lie.
When it comes to explaining why these disciples and apostles sacrificed their lives in order to spread this message, there is only one legitimate explanation: that they believed in the resurrection, that it had occurred, and that they claimed to have seen Christ, the empty tomb itself.I’m referring to the fact that the tomb in which Jesus was laid to rest was found to be empty; this is proof for the resurrection.Some might argue that the body was stolen by the disciples, that he was buried in another tomb, or that he was buried in the incorrect tomb.
- All of it, though, is implausible.
- The reality of the matter is that all the authorities needed to do at the time of Christ was to produce the body of Jesus, and Christianity would have perished on the spot.
- If you have created the body of Jesus, or the bones of Jesus, you do not have Christianity on your hands.
- However, the sheer fact that He is not here, that He has risen, that He has been seen, and that there are over 500 witnesses to His resurrection, according to the New Testament, is evidence of His resurrection.
- The fact that Jesus himself and His teachings have penetrated the entire globe is an indication that this is a live religion, as opposed to a dead faith, and that this is the explanation for this.
- It is possible to find many wonderful books, evidences for the resurrection, that have been written, and I would encourage anyone who is watching this to read Josh McDowell’s book ‘Evidence That Demands a Verdict.’ It would be a great place to start, or ‘More Than a Carpenter,’ also by Josh McDowell, or books by Hank Hanegraaff and others, which provide wonderful descriptions about both the authority of the Bible and the reality of the resurrection.
- ″Yes, Jesus is Lord, and Jesus is alive,″ says the apostle Paul.
Why did Jesus Rise on the Third Day?
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Why did Jesus Rise on the Third Day?
- For centuries, the Christian church has observed the resurrection of Jesus Christ on a Sunday, three days after commemorating his death on Good Friday.
- This practice has continued today.
- According to multiple passages in the New Testament, this timetable of three days is accurate.
- Many times, Jesus foretold it, and the apostles included it in their delivery of the gospel message as well (see footnote references).
However, why did Jesus’ resurrection take place three days after his death is a mystery.According to eyewitnesses, it appears that Jesus might have risen one day, two days, or even four days after his death and the resurrection would still be considered historically credible.Is the third day only a coincidental, insignificant element put on to the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection?
- Is this a coincidence, or does it have any significance?
The Third Day Matters
- Timing is extremely important for Jesus and his apostles because it has significant theological ramifications.
- When it comes to biblical story, the three-day timeframe is important because it represents the one-of-a-kind day on which God creates new life and activates his covenant with mankind.
- How did the writers of the New Testament get at this conclusion?
- After all, the Hebrew Scriptures have a constant ″third day″ design pattern, which Jesus and the New Testament authors are using as a model.
Investigating this pattern for ourselves can help us gain a better understanding of the Easter celebration.
The Third Day Pattern in the Hebrew Bible
- The passages Jonah 1:17 and Hosea 6:1-2 in the Hebrew Scriptures are among the clearest illustrations of third-day resurrection in the whole Bible.
- Jesus used Jonah’s three days in the belly of the huge fish as a metaphor for his own three days in the belly of the great fish.
- The prophet Hosea predicted that God’s reviving operation for Israel would take place on the third day.
- While these are important passages to study, the pattern of resurrection on the third day is established far earlier in the tale of Jesus.
There are three passages earlier in the Hebrew Bible’s narrative that begin to develop a pattern of new life emerging on the third day: the creation narrative in Genesis 1, Abraham’s test in Genesis 22, and the Israelites at Sinai in Exodus 19.The creation narrative in Genesis 1 and Abraham’s test in Genesis 22 both begin to develop a pattern of new life emerging on the third day.
The First “Resurrection”
- What is the location of the initial glimpse into the three-day significance?
- The first page of the Bible.
- The creation story in Genesis 1 is written in the style of a poetry, with repeated declarations and parallelism between events.
- Within the rhythm of these repeats, two events in the creation tale stand out as particularly noteworthy, each occurring at a three-day interval and occurring at different points in the narrative.
During the first ″third day,″ God creates dry ground and enables flora to emerge from the soil, including plants that produce seeds as well as trees that give fruit for human use (1:11-13).The image depicted here is of fresh life sprouting or rising up from the earth, which represents a place of non-existence or death in this case.The second ″third day″ event occurs on the sixth day of creation, when God produces animals and human beings for the first time (1:24).
- It is similar to the previous ″third day,″ in that the earth will give birth to live creatures, according to the scripture (1:24-27).
- Humans were produced from the dust of the earth, according to what we learn later in the book (2:7).
- This is another example of how new life may be sprung from the earth.
- Take note of the parallels between humans and trees: both are newly generated from the ground (2:7, 9), both carry seeds and produce fruit (1:11, 28; 3:15), and both are made in this manner on the third day of creation.
- One thing that distinguishes people from other animals, however, is that they are created in God’s image, and that God enters into a covenant with human beings, blessing and instructing them in their behavior.
A Pattern Emerges
There are three major characteristics of the ″third day″ events in Genesis 1 that serve as a template for subsequent events:
- God brings new life where there was once only death (1:11-13
- God establishes his covenant with the creatures he has newly created, in this case humans (1:28-29)
- God creates new life where there was once only death (1:11-13
- God creates new life where there was once only death (1:11-13
- God creates new life where there was once only death (1:11-13
- In Eden, which we understand to be a lofty site from which a river runs out (2:10-14), the event takes place.
It is impossible to emphasize the significance of this picture and pattern, since it serves as a precedent for future resurrections to come.
Abraham’s Test on the Third Day
- Is there any other place where this pattern can be found?
- Abraham is put to the test by God in yet another ″third day″ occurrence, which is one of the most interesting events in all of Scripture (Genesis 22:1-19).
- When God commands Abraham to present his only son Isaac as a burned offering on a mountain, the Bible states that Abraham spotted the location from a distance on the third day and proceeded to complete the test (22:4).
- God wants Abraham to learn to put his confidence in him when it comes to the covenant and the blessing of offspring in this scenario.
Ultimately, God is responsible for providing the sacrifice and bringing his covenant’s intentions to completion.The connection to the ″third day″ idea is established by a strikingly vivid act of atonement performed by God, in which he substitutes a ram for Isaac (22:13-14).We learn that this deed is part of a bigger covenant endeavor to increase Abraham’s descendants and, through them, bless the nations, which we will discuss later (22:17-18).
- On the third day, we notice the same trend as we did on the first:
- God working to bring fresh life, in this case to Isaac by his life being spared and to Abraham with the return of his son (22:11-14).
- (Genesis 22:17-18) God confirms his bond with Abraham, using language and ideas identical with Genesis 1:28
- (22:2, 14) This event takes place on the summit of a mountain.
Israel’s Third Day at Sinai
- At a critical moment in the Bible’s narrative, we discover still another occurrence taking place on the third day.
- With his people just delivered from decades of tyranny in Egypt, Yahweh is on the verge of entering into another covenant with Israel, this time on a mountaintop (Exodus 19:2-3).
- God makes it clear that he will descend to Mount Sinai in the presence of all of the people on the ″third day″ mentioned above.
- This time is a test for Israel, just as it was for Abraham.
Their preparations for entering into covenant with God are to be completed by the ″third day,″ when they will be ready (Exodus 19:9-16).The phrase ″third day″ is mentioned four times in the story to ensure that we are not distracted from the fact that this historic event will take place on God’s unique day.As a result of what we’ve seen so far with ″third day,″ we should have come to assume a specific pattern, which we’ve now witnessed yet another time:
- It is God who brings about new life for his people — in this case, new identity for Israel — just as he did at the creation and with Abraham and Isaac (19:4-6)
- God enters into covenant with his people, specifically Israel (19:4-6)
- God accomplishes all of this on a mountain (19:2)
- and God accomplishes all of this on a mountain (19:2).
And that is exactly what we see in the tale! The rest of Israel’s experience in the Hebrew Scriptures, on the other hand, is defined by rebellion and disbelief, as well as a failure to fulfill their half of the agreement. This leads us back to the prophetic texts that refer to the third day, such as Hosea and Jonah, which we discussed before.
Hosea’s Hope, Jonah’s ‘Resurrection’
- By returning to these prophets, we get a more complete picture of the ″third day″ and the tremendous imagery of resurrection that it evokes, as well as its relationship to God’s covenant with Abraham.
- A typical prophetic phrase for repentance toward covenant integrity is ″return to Yahweh,″ which Hosea uses to exhort Israel to do, and he also provides them hope in the form of resurrection language (Hosea 6:1-2).
- This restoration to the covenant will be marked by a renewal of life, as well as our resurrection as a people into the life of Yahweh, which will take place on the ″third day,″ in accordance with our pattern.
- As we see in the story of Jonah, one of Israel’s own prophets fails to follow Yahweh, and therefore finds himself ‘dead’ in an unexpected ‘tomb,’ that of a big fish.
In many respects, the story of Jonah and his failure is a metaphor for the story of Israel.God, on the other hand, does not give up on him or his people.In the third day, he vomits Jonah out of the fish, bringing him back to life in one of the most bizarre ″resurrections″ recorded in the Bible.
Jesus Predicts a Third Day Resurrection
- In the Gospels, we find Jesus speaking of a third-day resurrection while he is discussing his death with his followers, which indicates that he believed in a third-day resurrection.
- In fact, he refers to ″three days″ a total of 21 times!
- By now, you’ve undoubtedly figured out that this was not a coincidental choice of words.
- It is on the third day that Jesus was adamant, since it signifies God’s initiative in the creation of new life and the establishment of a covenant with mankind.
Take note of how the Easter event – the resurrection of Jesus — corresponds to our third-day design pattern, as follows:
- Specifically, God raises fresh life from the earth (tomb), in this case, Jesus.
- God acts to bring about the new covenant via Jesus’ atoning death and resurrection, which in this case is for the benefit of everyone who believe in him.
- The act of atonement performed by Jesus takes place on a hill.
- With the imagery of new life coming up from the earth in Genesis 1-2 on the third day, combined with the connection to the divine covenant found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, the imagery of Jesus’ resurrection paints a striking picture of the theological importance of his resurrection.
- The significance of Jesus’ resurrection is underscored even further on the third day.
- It is the culmination of God’s mission of new life and covenant, which has been brilliantly represented since the beginning of time, and which will culminate in the future resurrection of Jesus’ disciples and the restoration of the entire universe at the conclusion of time.
So what does this mean for us?
- This year, as we commemorate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, we are not just carrying on a centuries-old tradition.
- We are engaged in a profoundly important theology centered on the third day, with all of the implications of God’s redeeming work that it entails, at this time.
- As a reminder, the third day design pattern depicts the moment when God began the process of reviving individuals to new life and bringing them into his covenant partnership with them.
- What role are we going to play in it today?
What is Easter?
Why is Easter celebrated?
When is Easter?
Why is Easter called Easter?
- Easter, also known as Pascha in Latin and Pascha in Greek, is the most important holiday of the Christian church, commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion.
- Even while the remembrance of Jesus’ Resurrection is believed to have taken place far earlier, the first recorded instance of an Easter celebration dates back to the 2nd century AD.
- Easter will be observed on Sunday, April 17, 2022, in the year 2022.
- The origins of the English term Easter, which is derived from the German word Ostern, are unknown at this time.
It was suggested by the Venerable Bede in the eighth century that the name came from Eostre, also known as Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility, who was worshipped in the area.According to this interpretation, which is similar to the notion that associates the genesis of Christmas on December 25 with pagan festivities of the winter solstice, the Christian church took pagan names and feasts for its most important holidays.Given the tenacity with which Christians fought against all types of paganism (the belief in several deities), this looks to be a highly problematic assumption.
- There is now widespread agreement that the word derives from the Christian designation of Easter week as in albis, a Latin phrase that was understood as the plural of alba (″dawn″) and evolved into eostarum in Old High German, which was the precursor of the modern German and English terms, respectively.
- Pâques, the French term for Easter, derives from the Latin and Greek words Pascha (″Passover″), which means ″Passover.″
The date of Easter and its controversies
- The determination of the day on which the Resurrection of Jesus was to be recognized and celebrated sparked a significant discussion in early Christianity, with two opposing viewpoints distinguishable: the Eastern and the Western.
- The Paschal debates, as they were known at the time, were not finally settled until the 8th century.
- In Asia Minor, Christians commemorated the Crucifixion on the same day as Jews commemorated the Passover sacrifice—that is, on the 14th day of the first full moon of spring (14 Nisan), which coincided with the Jewish holiday of Passover (see Jewish calendar).
- The Resurrection was therefore celebrated two days later, on the 16th of Nisan, regardless of what day of the week it fell on.
Traditionally, the Resurrection of Jesus was celebrated on Sunday, which was also the first day of the week after He had risen from the grave in the West.As a result, Easter was always observed on the first Sunday after the 14th day of the month of Nisan.The Sunday celebration became increasingly popular, and the Quartodecimans (proponents of the 14th day) remained a small minority.
- Following the Council of Nicaea in 325, it was decided that Easter should be celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox (March 21).
- Because of this, Easter might fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25, depending on the year.
- Eastern Orthodox churches use a slightly different calculation based on the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar (which is 13 days ahead of the former), with the result that Orthodox Easter celebrations are typically held later than those held by Protestants and Roman Catholics, as a result of which Orthodox Easter celebrations are typically held later than those held by Protestants and Roman Catholics.
- Furthermore, according to Orthodox custom, Easter cannot be celebrated before or at the same time as Passover.
- At several points during the twentieth century, attempts were attempted to establish a set date for Easter, with one proposal specifically recommending the Sunday after the second Saturday in April.
- Despite the fact that this and other proposals had a large number of backers, none came to fruition.
- Although negotiations including the heads of the Eastern Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox, Coptic, Anglican, and Roman Catholic churches resulted in renewed interest in a definite date in the early twenty-first century, official agreement on such a date was difficult to come by in the twenty-first century.
‘Why did Jesus die and rise again?’
- ″Why did Jesus die and resurrect from the dead?″ some people may wonder.
- ″He died and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins,″ is all we have to say about Jesus.
- And we would have a valid point in responding to it.
- According to the Bible, ″there is no forgiveness of sins save from the shedding of blood.″ While that is excellent, there is a far deeper purpose for it than that.
Not only did Jesus suffer and rise again so that we may be forgiven, but he also died and rose again so that we could have life, according to the Bible.We are given life as a result of His death and resurrection on the cross.″In this was revealed the love of God toward us, since God sent His only born Son into the world, that we may live through Him,″ reads I John 4:9, referring to the sending of Jesus Christ into the world.
- Jesus died and rose from the dead in order for us to live through Him.
- In 2 Corinthians 5:15, we are given another more reality about the life that Jesus has provided for us.
- and that they should not live for themselves but for Him who died and rose again, so they could no longer live for themselves but for Him.
- Jesus likewise died and rose from the dead in order for us to live for Him.
- We need Him to die and rise again for us so that we might live not for ourselves but for Him and for others, not just for a while.
- Another reality about why Jesus died and rose again is revealed in I Thessalonians 5:9-10, which is found in the Bible.
- In fact, God has not assigned us to wrath, but has chosen to save us by the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us in order that whether we wake or sleep, we may live together with Him.″ He died and resurrected from the dead so that we would have eternal life with Him.
- To allow us to dwell with Him, Jesus went through the ordeal of a painful death and rose victorious from the dead.
- Christ died and rose from the dead so that we can live through Him – this is what salvation is all about.
- He died and rose again in order for us to live for Him – that is loving service on our behalf.
- And He died and rose again in so that we could live with Him eternally – that is life in its fullest sense.
- Do you understand what I’m saying?
Jesus died and rose from the dead in order for you and I to live through Him, for Him, and together with Him.Do you place your faith in Him as your Savior and Lord?
Where was Jesus between Crucifixion and Resurrection?
- This weekend is one of the most well-known weekends on the Christian calendar each year, with Good Friday commemorating Jesus’ death on the cross and Easter celebrating his Resurrection the following Sunday morning being two of the most important events on the calendar.
- Some Christians, however, have been debating the location of Jesus between His death and resurrection for more than two millennia, and the issue continues to be a source of contention today.
- In Jackson, Eric Petty, the main pastor of Skyline Church of Christ, explained that he ″is not a man who is going to act like I have all the answers,″ and that ″this is one that I can’t claim I certainly know.″ In my opinion, this is a fascinating subject, and we could stay here all day talking and debating and coming to completely different conclusions, both of which would be rational and understandable.″ The fact that Jesus died to take away my sin and your sin – and all of our sins – is what counts most in the end.
- On the first day of the week following His death, He rose from the dead to claim triumph over death.
And He extends the same triumph to us at this time.″ According to the Bible’s account of Jesus’ death in Matthew 27:46-50, he died at 3 p.m.on Friday.’The Jewish calendar and clock at that time suggests that Jesus was crucified at noon and died three hours later at 3 p.m.,’ said William