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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#6) the Women Would Have Known It First

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#7) the Disciples and Peter Would Have Known It

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” John 20:19 I’ve tried to put myself in the shoes (or sandals) of the disciples. Saturday must have been a tough day. Nothing, of course, like the arrest and crucifixion, which...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#15) He Must Have Been Dead and Buried

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures… 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Mythicists and skeptics attempt to debunk Jesus in a number of ways, from the veracity of the Scriptures to the most dubious conspiracy theo...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#32) Our Faith Is Not in Vain

Let’s look at some more of these short truth claims that are ours because of the resurrection. And, take note that these seven are found just in 1 Corinthians 15: 1. Our faith is not in vain … if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 1 Corinthians 15:14 This is hard for us to imagine, because we know that Jesus did rise from ...

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Happy 12321

It doesn’t happen too often that a date is a palindrome, which means it reads the same both forward and backward. What is unique about today’s date is that it followed yesterday’s palindrome: 12022021. I leave it to you to figure out when this will ever happen again or if it has ever happened in the past. However, all of this got me thinking about calendar dates and espe...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#10) God Would Record It Inerrantly (Events)

We have already dealt with a number of events that have come under the charge of critics: the guards, the women and the angels. There are several events that also involve a supposed contradiction in where they took place. We will leave those for tomorrow. So, today, we will look at the remaining events that have been called into question. You will notice that this gets easier for us as we go...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#11) God Would Record It Inerrantly (Places)

After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:3 We have now come to what I believe is the most difficult of the resurrection issues. This has to do with the supposed contradictions associated with when and where Jesus met with the disciples and w...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#14) He Must Have Existed

A recent survey in Britain showed that 22% of Brits don’t believe that there ever was a real Jesus… that it is all fake, some kind of a myth or made-up deception. This is fascinating, for the vast majority of historians find the evidence compelling that there really was a Jesus of Nazareth. What is going on here? It is increasingly possible that you will find one of your neighbo...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#33) We Will Be Together Again

Because of the resurrection of Jesus, one of the great hopes we have is that we will one day be reunited with our loved ones who have died in Christ: husbands, wives, sons, daughters, family and friends. My father passed away a number of years ago and I still miss him, but he and I will one day laugh together once more. Is this just some Pollyanna wish or do we have a firm basis for it? D...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#35) He Will Judge the World

My guess is that few would connect the resurrection of Jesus with the judgment of the world. I wouldn’t have either, prior to this study. But, Paul, while preaching to the Athenians on Mars Hill, clearly does so. In fact, he says that the resurrection of Jesus is the proof that God will judge the world: Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people ...

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