Posted by: Santos Garcia | Friday, March 25, 2016

Why We Believe [In Christ’s Resurrection]

John 21:1-14

John 21:1-14

John 11:25… “Jesus said… ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, yet shall he live.'”

Matthew 22:29, 31 &32… “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of GOD… v31– ‘But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by GOD, saying “I am the GOD of Abraham, the GOD of Isaac, and the GOD of Jacob”? GOD is not the GOD of the dead, but of the living.” 

This is a complete essay from the outstanding magazine ‘Israel My Glory published by The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry.  Please browse the website and prayerfully consider subscribing; an investment in your knowledge of Biblical truth with respect to the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

May this Resurrection Sunday fill you with awe, joy, and gratitude for our Holy Father- for sending His Son to redeem us from all the curse of the Fall- in Jesus’ Name, AMEN!

[From Dutch Sheets Ministries] “Jesus’ last word was “tetelistai.” It is the same word as “asah” in the Hebrew. It means “to complete something.” It also means “to create.” And, it means “to make war” or “avenge.” When Jesus shouted it out it meant, “The debt is paid in full. I have avenged and made war. Come forth, new creation!” He said all of that, all that the cross meant to mankind, all wrapped up in one word – asah!

“He said, ‘It is finished!’ Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.” (John 19:30; NLT)”

He Paid IT ALL, and said, "It IS Finished!"

He Paid IT ALL, and said, “It IS Finished!”

Risen from the dead, just as He said!

Risen from the dead, just as He said!

Why We Believe- A Look at the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and Why It is a Nonnegotiable Fact

by Charles E. McCracken

Every year Christians pause to remember an event that changed history.  Whether you call it Easter or Resurrection Sunday, it is a day of rejoicing, when we gather together in churches around the world to sing hymns and retell the amazing account of the LORD Jesus’ victory over the grave.

Christians have been celebrating Resurrection Sunday since the empty tomb was first discovered.  The good news that Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead powerfully rocked the first-century world.  Today the truth of that event is important not only to the 2.18 billion self-identified Christians (who account for almost one third of the earth’s population), but also to skeptics who struggle with this central tenet of Christianity.

Only His Shroud Remained!

Only His Shroud Remained!

Why do Christians believe Jesus literally and bodily rose from the grave?  The answer to this crucial question can be found by scrutinizing the first-hand testimony of those who experienced the event as recorded in the New Testament.

Mary Magdalene was the first to notify Jesus’ disciples of the empty tomb she had discovered earlier in the morning.  At the tomb- alone, distraught and weeping- she took a closer look.  Studying the interior, she noticed two angels sitting at either end of the rock-hewn body bench.

Although she heard them ask why she was weeping, the significance of their presence escaped her.  Distracted, she answered, “They have taken away my LORD, and I do not know where they have laid Him” (John 20:13).

He Is Risen Indeed!

He Is Risen Indeed!

Without waiting for a reply, she turned to leave and came face-to-face with Jesus- but failed to recognize Him.  In  response to His questions (“Why are you weeping?  Whom are you seeking?”), she implored, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away” (v15).  The He spoke her name, and she immediately recognized Him.

In a split second, her acute grief turned to unbounded joy.   She grabbed Him and would not let Him go (v17).  In that moment, Mary Magdalene became the first person to experience the reality that Jesus indeed had risen from the dead.  She heard His voice.  She saw His face.  She touched His glorified body.  He was alive!

Matthew 28:1-10

Matthew 28:1-10

Mary was not the only one to see Jesus after His resurrection.  Later that day, He appeared to people who were walking home from Jerusalem.  One was Cleopas; the other may have been his wife, Mary (Luke 24:18; John 19:25).

A Bible Study with the LORD of Glory Himself!

A Bible Study with the LORD of Glory Himself!

As Jesus communed with these disheartened followers of His on their way to Emma’s, He decided not to reveal Himself until He reminded them of the witness of Moses and the prophets.  He knew they would not understand His death, burial, and resurrection until they understood what the Scriptures revealed about the Messiah.

As they walked, they listened as, “He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27).  This was not a vision or transcendental experience. The risen Jesus was alive and walking with them.

Arriving at the town of Emma’s, they begged ‘the stranger’ to stay with them in their home.  After accepting the invitation, Jesus joined them for the evening meal.  “He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him” (vv30-31).  Without waiting, they returned to Jerusalem to tell the disciples.

Later that evening, Jesus was seen by 10 disciples who were hiding from the authorities.  Despite the fact that the doors were locked, He suddenly appeared in the room with them (John 20:19).  He showed them the scars on His hands, feet, and side and ate broiled fish and a piece of honeycomb in their presence to demonstrate that He was not a mere apparition (Luke 24:42; John 20:20).

Eight days later, Jesus appeared again and challenged Thomas (who had been absent when Jesus appeared in the locked room) to feel His wounds, verifying He was alive [and not to doubt] (John 20:27).

Jesus & Thomas

“Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

The next time the disciples saw Him, they were in Galilee after a nigh of fishing.  Jesus had built a fire; and when they came ashore, He cooked breakfast for them with a few of the fish they had caught (21:9-14… see Greg Olsen Art– at top of this post).  This thorough account includes a series of detailed dialogues between Jesus and His disciples, quashing any possibility that this was anything but a genuine report.

When the apostle Paul recounted the events surrounding the resurrection, he reminded his readers, “He [Jesus] was seen by over five hundred brethren at once” and that Jesus had also appeared to James, Jesus’ skeptical brother who subsequently believed and ultimately penned the profoundly practical Epistle of James (1 Corinthians 15:6-7).  James later became the head of the church in Jerusalem.

The Resurrection was not an ethereal or spiritual event.  Jesus rose physically and bodily from the dead, and the facts are available for the world to see:

  • He was crucified in Jerusalem.
  • He was placed in a tomb in Jerusalem that was guarded by Roman military.
  • Three days later, the tomb was empty.
  • He appeared in His resurrection body to the disciples and large groups of people in the environs of Jerusalem numerous times for 40 days after His resurrection (Acts 1:3).
  • The disciples began proclaiming His resurrection in Jerusalem.

On Pentecost (Shavuot), 50 days from the Feast of First Fruits when Christ rose from the dead, 3000 believed in the resurrected Messiah after the apostle Peter preached in Jerusalem.

Jesus Covers The Sinner

Jesus covers ALL repentant sinners, who cry out to the LORD for Forgiveness, Deliverance, and Healing!

The book of Acts teaches, “The number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many priests were obedient to the faith” (6:7).  The evidence showing Jesus physically rose from the dead was so compelling, they were convinced, and they believed.

Paul, who initially rejected the resurrection and vigorous persecuted Christians, ultimately placed his faith in the resurrected Christ.

Paul-on-the-road-to-Damascus

Acts 9:1-31

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is a nonnegotiable, foundational tenet of Christianity.  The historical record is available for investigation.  The evidence provided by eyewitness testimonies documents the facts.

Merely knowing the facts, however, is not enough.  The apostle John’s account concludes with the statement, These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of GOD, and that believing you may have life in His Name” (John 20:31).

As we prepare to celebrate Resurrection Sunday on March 27th, we should give thanks to GOD that Christ’s resurrection is not only fact but also the assurance that those who have placed their faith in Him will dwell in the House of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:6).

Jesus Fact

These additional posts are confirmation in even greater detail of the Sure Foundation of our Biblical Christian Faith:

May ALL Who Love The LORD Have a Blessed and Joy-Filled Celebration- in HIM!

May ALL Who Love The LORD Have a Blessed and Joy-Filled Celebration- in HIM!

For deeper insight into how GOD the Father sees His children; to better understand the elementary principles of Christ (Hebrews 6:1-3); as well as the ‘mysteries’ of Christ’s Kingdom; and our individual and corporate calling, commission, and empowerment- please review my first published book’s Table of Contents on the Amazon website linked via Book Title:  “Thy Kingdom Come- Here and Now!”

“He’s Alive!” -Don Francisco 

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