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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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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#4) Creation Knew It and Clapped Its Hands

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake… Matthew 28:1 The earth clapped its hands in joy when its Maker arose. The guards weren’t thrilled, but whole of heaven must have erupted in song. The Bible is full of literary devices as one might expect. God ...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#3) the Guards Knew It

When it comes to the resurrection of Jesus, it should come as no surprise to anyone that it is here we find a focus of critique and skepticism. Yes, there is also critique regarding other aspects of Jesus’ life, primarily wherever there are miraculous events, like the virgin birth, walking on water or healing a man born blind. But, because the death, burial and resurrection are the founda...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#2) the Stone Was Rolled Away

Here is the historical record: Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#1) the Seal Was Broken

We don’t spend much time talking about the seal that was placed upon the tomb, but I think it is significant. Here is the historical record: The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Th...

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Easter and Pestilence

I suppose one could say that it is strange to use these two words together: Easter and pestilence. One brings to mind the joy of the resurrection morning, angels, choirs singing the Halleluiah Chorus, sanctuaries lined with lilies in bloom, people dressed in their Easter-best, ladies in bonnets, pink ribbons, all smiles and happy days are here again. The other brings to mind death and pai...

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