Resurrection Day!

“Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.” Matthew 28: 5, 6

“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”  Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4

“He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.  Then He appeared to over 500 brothers at one time most of whom remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.  Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles.  Last of all, as one abnormally born, He also appeared to me.”  Paul, 1 Corinthians 15: 5-8

“During the first eleven appearances alone Jesus appeared to more than 500 people over a forty-day period of time (Acts 1:3).  On all twelve occasions Jesus was seen and probably heard.  Four times he offered himself to be touched.  He was definitely touched twice.  Jesus revealed his crucifixion scars on two occasions.  In four testimonies the empty tomb was seen, and twice the empty grave clothes were viewed.  On another four occasions almost certainly Jesus ate food.  The sum total of this evidence is overwhelming confirmation that Jesus arose and lived in the same visible, tangible, physical body of flesh and bones he had possessed before his resurrection body.”  Norman Geisler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, p. 655

“I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times, and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair inquirer, than the great sign which God hath given us that Christ died and rose again from the death.”  Thomas Arnold, Oxford University, in Josh McDowell, The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict, p. 216

“Two able young men, Gilbert West and Lord Lyttleton, went up to Oxford.  They were friends of Dr. Johnson and Alexander Pope, in the swim of society.  They were determined to attack the very basis of the Christian faith.  So Lyttleton settled down to prove that Saul of Tarsus was never converted to Christianity, and West to demonstrate that Jesus never rose from the tomb.

“Some time later, they met to discuss their findings.  Both were a little sheepish.  For they had come independently to similar and disturbing conclusions.  Lyttleton found, on examination, that Saul of Tarsus did become a radically new man through his conversion to Christianity; and West found that the evidence pointed unmistakably to the fact that Jesus did rise from the dead.  You may still find his book in a large library.  It is entitled Observations on the History and Evidence of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and was published in 1747.  On the fly-leaf he has had printed his telling quotation from Ecclesiasticus 11:7, which might be adopted with profit by any modern agnostic:  ‘Blame not before thou hast examined the truth.’”  Ibid., p. 219

“There are some particulars in the history of our Saviour, allowed to be so peculiarly appropriated to the Messiah, such innumerable marks of Him, that to believe them of Jesus of Nazareth was in effect the same as to believe Him to be the Messiah, and so are put to express it.  The principal of thesis is His Resurrection from the dead; which being the great and demonstrative proof of  His being the Messiah, it is not at all strange that those believing His Resurrection should be put forth for believing Him to be the Messiah; since the declaring His Resurrection was declaring Him to be the Messiah.” John Locke, A Second Vindication of the Reasonableness of Christianity in Josh McDowell, Ibid., p. 218

“Did Jesus really rise from the dead?  We have firm historical grounds for answering our question in the affirmative.  The historical route is not, however, the only avenue to a knowledge of Jesus’ resurrection.  The majority of Christians, who have had neither the resources, training, nor leisure to conduct a historical inquiry into this event, have come to a knowledge of Jesus’ resurrection through a personal encounter with the living Lord (Romans 8:9-17).” William Lane Craig in The Apologetics Study Bible, p. 1730

“Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”  Acts 16:31

 “This is the message of faith that we proclaim:  if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation.”  Paul, Romans 10:8-10



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