The Evidence For Resurrection


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The Evidence For Resurrection

  1. 1. The Evidence for Resurrection Laindon 31 st January 2010
  2. 2. Three key questions... <ul><li>What does the Bible have to say about resurrection? </li></ul><ul><li>Did Jesus really rise from the dead? </li></ul><ul><li>What does resurrection mean for me? </li></ul>Resurrection
  3. 3. The words of Paul... <ul><li>“ Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? </li></ul><ul><li>But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: </li></ul><ul><li>And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain , and your faith is also vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:12-14 </li></ul>Resurrection
  4. 4. Why is it so crucial? <ul><li>Man’s natural state is mortal (Psalm 89:48) </li></ul><ul><li>Death is a state of total oblivion (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6) </li></ul><ul><li>Death is the result of sin (Romans 5:12) </li></ul><ul><li>Our only hope is resurrection (John 11:23-26) </li></ul>Resurrection
  5. 5. The hope of resurrection <ul><li>1 Corinthians 15:19-23 </li></ul><ul><li>19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. </li></ul><ul><li>20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. </li></ul><ul><li>21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead . </li></ul><ul><li>22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. </li></ul><ul><li>23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. </li></ul>Resurrection
  6. 6. Confidence in Jesus Christ Resurrection
  7. 7. “ We all are witnesses” Peter <ul><li>Christ’s trial and crucifixion an historic fact </li></ul><ul><li>The witnesses confirmed Jesus’ claim he would rise after three days </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus definitely died upon the cross, Pilate confirmed it and Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus buried him </li></ul><ul><li>Only Mary Magdalene, Mary wife of Cleopas and Salome remained </li></ul>Resurrection
  8. 8. “ We all are witnesses” continued <ul><li>The first witnesses were the women and they thought the body taken </li></ul><ul><li>The disciples could not have stolen the body </li></ul><ul><li>One fact that has never been challenged: the tomb was empty </li></ul><ul><li>The disciples were profoundly convinced and brought great energy to their witness </li></ul>Resurrection
  9. 9. “ We all are witnesses” continued <ul><li>The phenomenal speed of growth of Christianity – SOMETHING HAPPENED </li></ul><ul><li>The place of witness was Jerusalem </li></ul><ul><li>The disciples won the argument and James and Saul were converted </li></ul><ul><li>So who actually moved the stone? </li></ul><ul><li>Authorities placed the guard after Joseph took the body </li></ul><ul><li>There is no tomb of Jesus </li></ul>Resurrection
  10. 10. Jesus rose from the dead <ul><li>Acts 2:22-24 </li></ul><ul><li>22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: </li></ul><ul><li>23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: </li></ul><ul><li>24 Whom God hath raised up , having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. </li></ul>Resurrection
  11. 11. Resurrection crucial to us <ul><li>If we are in Christ we can share in his resurrection (Romans 6:3-11) </li></ul><ul><li>Resurrection will be at Christ’s return (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) </li></ul><ul><li>Resurrection will be to judgement (Daniel 12:2) </li></ul><ul><li>We must work for our salvation (Mark 10:29-30) </li></ul>Resurrection
  12. 12. Our hope of resurrection <ul><li>1 John 5:11-13 </li></ul><ul><li>11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. </li></ul><ul><li>12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. </li></ul><ul><li>13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God . </li></ul>Resurrection