Monday, March 8, 2010

Did Jesus Rise From Death?

John 11:25: "I am the resurrection and the life" - Jesus

Ok - this is what's going on in my personal quite time...
As many of you know, Easter is coming up. Its always good to reflect on not only His death but most importantly his resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus is the most known and celebrated miracle in the history of the world. The most lengthy biblical account of Jesus' resurrection is found in 1 Corinthians 15 where we are told that if Jesus did not physically rise in victory over death then christianity is nothing more than a cruel hoax that has given false hope to gullible fools. Tonight I've really been examining the biblical evidence, circumstantial evidence, and the non-Christian historical evidence with the resurrection of Jesus Christ and it has been very quenching of certain questions lingering in my head about this mind-blowing miracle. This is the pinnacle of my belief. Without this supernatural miracle then my life would be nothing.... basically meaningless. I really just wanted to share with what I've been learning lately considering Biblical evidence and where you can find all these things concerning this miracle in the Holy Bible. Maybe later Ill come back and touch on circumstantial evidence, and the non-Christian historical evidence
First -
- Jesus predicted his resurrection... actually on a number of occasions.
(Matthew 12:38-40, Mark 9:31; 10:33-34; John 2:18-22)
This is so important because it shows the supernatural insight and trustworthiness of Jesus Christ.
Mark 8:31 - He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.

- The Empty Tomb.
Jesus was buried in the tomb of a wealthy and well know man named Joseph. Had Jesus not truly risen from death, it would have been very easy to prove it by opening the tomb and presenting Jesus' dead body as evidence.

- Early church creeds
In Corinthians, Paul talks about Chris dying for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried and that he was raised on the third day.
This statement is widely accepted as the earliest church creed, which began circulating shortly after his death and resurrection. What's specifically cool about these church goers was that face they were eye witnesses to be questioned and verify the facts surrounding and supporting this miracle.

To finish this little devotion, I thought I would end with all the people that could validate Jesus really raising from the grave and kicking the butt out of death... and not as a ghost... someone who had skin, bones and scars.

* Mary Magdalene - John 20:10-18
*Other Women - Matthew 28:8-10
*Cleopas and another disciple - Luke 24:13-32
*Eleven disciples and others - Luke 24:33-49
*Ten Apostles and Others - John 20:19-23
*Thomas and other apostles - John 20:26-30
*Seven Apostles - John 21:1-14
*The disciples - Matthew 28:16-20
*The Apostles - Luke 24:50-52; Acts 1:4-9
*Peter - 1 Corinthians 15:5
* A crowd of more than 500 ppl - 1 Corinthians 15:6
*Jesus' brother James - 1 Corinthians 15:7
Paul - 1 Corinthians 15:8

The preaching of Jesus resurrection in the early church repeatedly relies on the consistent testimony of the eyewitnesses....

I wish I would take more time and let this miracle soak in just a little bit more then normal. I believe 100% that Jesus conquered death and now sits at the right hand of the Father still submitting. I love that we serve a God this incredible, awesome and powerful. Take some time to praise him for who He is cause he deserves it and may you really fully believe and not just have head knowledge of this event.

God Bless!

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