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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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(#13) The Resurrection Story (Harmonized)

[If I were to tell my children and grandchildren the resurrection story, harmonizing all of the accounts and adding some intervening puzzle pieces and some color it would go something like this. I would also do it with a map, pointing out the places and routes as we go along. You may want to see the preface... these are some of the asides I would say along the way.] The Resurrection Story ac...

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(#12) Harmony in the Resurrection Accounts (Preface)

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Matthew 28:17 Over the last several days, we have looked at some of the charges levelled against the resurrection accounts due to supposed conflicts in numbers, timing, events and places. I believe a rational view of these things, however, leads us to see them as harmonious rather than contradictory. This is especially true when ...

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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 (#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 (#9) God Would Record It Inerrantly (Numbers)

Yesterday we looked at the accusation that the resurrection accounts have contradictions regarding when the women came to the tomb—a contradiction of timing. Today we will deal with the contradictions of numbers. Charges have been rightly leveled at the gospel accounts because of the conflict in how many women and angels were at the tomb. Concerning the women were there 1, 2, 3, 5 or m...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#8) God Would Record It Inerrantly (Times)

The resurrection has, of course, been the subject of countless attacks seeking to dismiss it as legend or hoax. And rightfully so on the surface, for the gospels to not fit together in several of the details. In the overall account, however, there is no doubt that they each proclaim the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. But the apparent contradictions in the details give rise to the accu...

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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 (#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 (#5) the Angels Would Have Announced It

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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