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Is There Any Evidence That The Resurrection of Jesus Christ Is Real?

Is There Any Evidence That The Resurrection of Jesus Christ Is Real?

The Old Testament has over 300 prophecies predicting Jesus’ resurrection which He fulfilled. Many of those predictions were made several hundred years before Jesus was born. In the New Testament, Jesus predicted several times his death and his resurrection after three days. When it happened, the scripture records the moment like this: “So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.” John 2:22

The resurrection should not have been a surprise to anyone who followed Jesus and saw Him continually demonstrate His power over the material universe.  Consider that He turned water into wine, healed the sick, and raised Lazarus from the dead.  His resurrection was consistent with the power He demonstrated before His death.

After word of Jesus’ resurrection became public and belief in Him began to spread, the religious leaders of the day could have easily discredited belief in the resurrection. They simply needed to go to the grave and produce Jesus’ body as evidence that He had not risen from the dead. Even with the help of the Roman authorities, they could not. The chief priests had set a 24 hour guard at the tomb. The Roman guards knew they would lose their lives if they failed in their duty. On the third day, when Jesus’ body was gone, the guards reported it to the chief priests, at the risk of their lives. There was no body to recover.

Most of Jesus’ disciples fled when He had been arrested and sentenced to death on a cross.  When they heard the news, they were surprised.  Their fear of being arrested and surprise at the resurrection demonstrates that there was no pre-plan hoax.  Even though Jesus told them what would happen, they did not believe Him until they actually saw Him.

After His resurrection Jesus appeared to over 500 eyewitnesses over a 40 day period. They testified that Jesus was indeed alive.  There were no witnesses to the contrary.  In fact, many of the eyewitnesses accepted death rather than deny they had seen Jesus.  People don’t die for something they know to be a hoax.

It would be foolish to bet your eternal life on the false belief that Jesus didn’t raise from the dead. Jesus is the Son of God, born of a virgin, who died on a cross for your sins and rose from the grave on the third day, all so that you and I can have a personal relationship with the Heavenly Father. Don’t bet against Him; the evidence is overwhelming.

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July 4, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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