Summary, Part 2 (final) 3. THE GOSPELS. There are fourteen resurrection appearances in the New Testament.
4. THE CHANGED LIVES OF THE APOSTLES. They were slow to believe at first. a) so how did they come to believe later? b) They were men of integrity. Note their boldness after the Pentecost, how the Resurrection became the cornerstone of their preaching, how they became martyrs (no one dies for something they donâ€™t believe: neither they nor the martyrs since).
5. PAUL. He was called to faith by the resurrected Christ, he preached a resurrected Savior (1 COR 15 is a discussion of the Resurrection); therefore, he testified to the historical reality of the empty tomb.
6. EARLY CHURCH. It could have been snuffed out in its early days. By grace, it moved the Sabbath to Sunday. And it knew that a dead savior is no Savior.
CONCLUSION: 1) The doctrine of the Resurrection of Christ is founded upon historical facts. Why would He have been made up and died for? 2) The hope of all mankind rest upon the historical fact of Christâ€™s Resurrection, as is the truth of all His words (1 COR 15:14-15, ACTS 17:30-31). 3. Embrace and confess the resurrected Lord and you will be saved. ROM 10:9-10.
Ian Migala (4/18/2013)
from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Summary, Part 1 We examine six witnesses to the Resurrection:
1. JESUSâ€™ OWN TESTIMONY. He was truth incarnate and without sin. In JN 2:19-20. He told the Jews that he would raise the temple (His body) in three days. In MT 12:38-40, He told the Pharisees to look for the sign of Jonah. In MT 16:21, He explained His Passion to the disciples. He could not have been our sinless Savior without the Resurrection.
2. JESUSâ€™ EMPTY TOMB. Though few deny that Jesus existed, His empty tomb is the barrier for unbelief. Schleiermacherâ€™s â€śSwoon Theoryâ€ť posited that Jesus appeared to be dead and revived in the tomb. However: a) He died on the cross, b) the women who embalmed Him knew that He was dead, c) the soldiers knew they were guarding a dead man in a tomb from theft, d) could He have escaped the scourging He took? e) how could the guards know what happened if they slept through it? f) the Jews didnâ€™t produce His body. The appeal to allegory, specifically that all of this was merely an awakening of a â€śChrist influenceâ€ť cannot explain the empty tomb. As for mass hallucination theories: imagine the Cartesian conundrum if they all hallucinated the same thing! And some say that Jesus was a disembodied Spirit, but this is defied by countless examples in Scripture (people touching Him, etc.).