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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 confessed, in this prophetic utterance, that even after his body h...

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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 in the United States. 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, Germany and Sweden. In Germany, it has e...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#19) the Tomb Would Have Been Empty (Theories Against)

If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then the Tomb Would Have Been Empty (Theories Against) Having laid a foundation of evidence for the empty tomb, and an understanding of the resurrection polemic and creed, we are now ready to deal with the theories that have arisen against it. There are many, and in some cases, highly overlapping. Here are the most prominent: 1. The disciples stole the body. F...

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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 imagine 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 everythi...

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 (#18) The Early Resurrection Creed

(#18) The Early Resurrection Creed When we come to the apologetic or defense against the argument that the resurrection is merely legend or myth, there are two key formal elements that must be well understood. The first is the “resurrection polemic” and the second is the “early resurrection creed”. We looked at the resurrection polemic last time. Now, we want to exam...

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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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(#17) The Resurrection Polemic

(#17) The Resurrection Polemic There are two key formal elements in the argument concerning the resurrection of Jesus. The first is the “resurrection polemic” and the second is the “early resurrection creed”. Both had been fully developed in the very early days of Christianity. And both must be understood by the Christian seeking to defend the resurrection of Christ a...

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

f Jesus Rose from the Dead, then 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.&rdqu...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#28) the Predictions Were All 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 (#36) After Departing He Would Have Sent the Holy Spirit

Today is Pentecost. It marks the day when Jesus fulfilled the promise that He would send the Holy Spirit to dwell in us after He left. It is hard not to list this event at the top of the “most-incredible-events-of-all-time”. Is it possible to even begin to contemplate the full reality that the infinite, holy, omnipotent God of the universe has determined to dwell within me? And y...

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