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Resurrection


The next time some skeptic asks how you know Christianity is true and all other religions are wrong, let the facts speak for you!  HE LIVES!


Just the Facts

1.Jesus Died due to Crucifixion

2.Jesus was buried.

3.His disciples doubted and despaired because Jesus’ death challenged their hopes.

4.The tomb in which Jesus had been buried was discovered to be empty just a few days later.

5.The disciples had real experiences that they believed were actual appearances of the risen Jesus.

6.The disciples were transformed and were even willing to die for the truth of these events.

7.This gospel. Message, including the resurrection, was the very center of preaching in the early church.

8.The gospel was even proclaimed in Jerusalem, the city where Jesus had died.

9.The Christian Church was firmly established by these disciples.

10.The primary day of worship was Sunday - the day Jesus was reported to have risen.

11.James, Jesus' previously skeptical brother, was converted when he believed he say the resurrected Jesus.

12.Paul, a leader in the persecution of the church, was also converted by a real experience which he believed to be the risen Jesus.

 

* From graduate class under Gary Habermas

 


Significance

The above historical facts serve two basic purposes. First, they give historical credence to the physical resurrection as a verifiable event, thus confirming the words and works of Jesus, including his substitutionary death in behalf of sinners, and second, they argue convincingly against those naturalistic theories offered to explain Jesus' empty tomb.  Those theories are as follows:

1) The stolen body theory (either disciples, Jews, or Romans stole the body),

2) Wrong Tomb Theory (Disciples went to the wrong tomb),                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3) Swoon Theory (Jesus didn’t die but lost consciousness / revived by the cool tomb                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4) Hallucination Theory  (appearances were not actual sightings but hallucinations)