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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#28) the Predictions Were True

It is one thing for Jesus to rise from the dead, which, in itself, is an incomparable event that should give the deepest skeptic pause. But, for Jesus to have predicted that event and its details, and have it happen, raises everything to a new level, for it now demands our attention be drawn to who Jesus really is. Jesus openly and clearly predicted His death and resurrection three times, y...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#27) Why Did He Leave?

Today is Ascension Day. For most, that might provoke little more than “huh?” It is rare to find it on a calendar here. But Catholics celebrate it as the “Feast of the Ascension” by attending mass. And, surprisingly, it is an official public holiday all across Indonesia and in many European countries like France and Germany and Sweden. In Germany, it has evolved into &...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#26) He Is the Firstfruit

“Because I live, you also will live” John 14:19 Ravi surrendered his life to Christ because of these very words. They connect, again, the resurrection of Christ with the future hope that we, too, will be raised in like manner… physically. And, it meant, as Paul stated, that Jesus was the “firstfruits” of those who would be raised from the dead. But in fa...

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We Will See You Soon, Ravi

We mortals who remain are left with a hole when someone dear departs. And when someone like Ravi leaves, there are an innumerable number of holes left all over the world. There are very few men who are identified merely by their first name. We were together a few months ago, when Ravi insisted on fulfilling a promise he made to me several times over the many years I have been laboring to bri...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#25) We Will Also Rise

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. Job 19:25-27 The confidence that God will raise the dead is not just a New Testament belief. Job confesses, in this prophetic utterance, that even after his body h...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#24) Death Was Defeated

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15 As I write this, it is difficult for my thoughts not to drift back to our dear friend, Ravi Zacharia...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#23) Satan Was Crushed

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall crush your head, and you shall bruise His heel. Genesis 3:15 Here was the situation. God had created the most amazing place. We can’t really image it. There was no death. There was no evil. Everything flourished. Then Adam and Eve breached the one boundary God had set for them and everything...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#22) It Would Have Radically Changed the World

But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has r...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#21) It Would Have Radically Changed the Disciples

As [Peter and John] were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. Acts 4:1-3 When you are making a defense for...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#20) Jesus Was and Is Alive

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:27-28 One of the fundamental and critical asp...

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