10 Reasons that I Believe In the Ressurection
This Sunday night I will be doing a fairly short talk on reasons that I believe the resurrection of Jesus took place. The purpose in the study will be to encourage believers in their faith and to persuade any skeptics in the room that Jesus truly is alive.
Just to whet your appetite for our discussion here is one of the points that we will discuss.
Consider the claim that the tomb of Jesus was empty.
Obviously this is central to the overall claim that Jesus has resurrected. However, If the tomb was empty it will not prove that Jesus raised from the dead but it is a good start.
I will spare you the whole discussion here but consider who found the tomb of Jesus. Women (John 20:11ff). The culture of the 1st century was extremely patriarchal. A women would not be allowed to testify in court because she was not considered worthy of the report. Likewise, if the disciples would have made up the idea that the tomb was empty they probably would have chosen men, in their redaction of the account, to be the first on the scene. Thus, the best explanation is that the disciples believed that what the women saw really happened and they felt no need to amend the story so that others would be swayed by it.
Second, consider the response of the religious leaders to the claim that Jesus’ tomb is empty. Had Jesus’ tomb not been empty they could have simply opened the tomb and displayed the body of Jesus for all to see. However, what they did instead was to say that, “the disciples stole the body of Jesus” (Matthew 28:11-15). This argument is still used today in many circles. What this evidence shows us is that Jesus was in fact not where they left him. This does not prove the resurrection but what we have is start. As we build on the evidence I think you will see that the fact that Jesus is raised from the dead is not only plausible but the best explanation for what happen on Easter morning 2ooo years ago.
I hope that you will join us Sunday night for an exciting dialogue about the resurrection of Jesus. Please join us at 6:00pm in the fellowship hall.