THE KING IS ALIVE: 21 Reasons to Believe in Jesus’ Resurrection

THE KING IS ALIVE: 21 Reasons to Believe in Jesus’ Resurrection

  • 2 years of bad news – fears of death & daily body count
  • Death is undefeated

Good News? one who went through death & came back to prepare us to die then live

Jesus Christ – most significant person. Resurrection – most significant event.

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What is resurrection?

-NOT near-death experience: die, return to life, die again

A. Live (body/soul) B. Die (body/soul separate period time) C. Rise Forever (body/soul)

  1. Jesus died by execution from the ancient Roman government.
  • Arrested, beaten flogged, crucified, spear, tomb 3 days
  1. Jesus’ resurrection was predicted in the Old Testament.

1000 B.C. Psalm 16:10 “…you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.”

  1. Jesus predicted His resurrection in advance

Mark 10:33–34 “I, the Messiah, will be arrested and taken before the chief priests and the Jewish leaders, who will sentence me to die and hand me over to the Romans to be killed. They will mock me and spit on me and flog me with their whips and kill me; but after three days I will come back to life again.”

  1. Jesus’ tomb location was well-known
  • 700 BC Is. 53:9 buried “with a rich man in his death.”
  • (Matt. 27:57-60) Joseph Arimathea took Jesus’ body, prepared it, buried his tomb
  1. Jesus’ tomb was guarded by the Roman government
  • (Matt. 27:65-66) Governor Pilate ordered soldiers to secure, seal , guard tomb
  1. Jesus’ empty tomb was first found by women
  • (Lk. 24) Sunday Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary mother of James, other women
  1. Jesus’ disciples were transformed from cowards to courageous
  • Thomas doubted then worshipped
  • Peter denied then died.
  1. After Jesus rose from death, He appeared to crowds upwards of 500 people over the course of 40 days
  • Conversations, hugs, meals
  1. Jesus’ followers remained loyal to Him
  • Crucifixion – state sponsored terror
  1. Jesus’ tomb was not enshrined
  • 50 known tombs religious leaders enshrined same area, same time
  • 4 major world religions founded by person
  1. Jesus’ followers worshiped Him as God
  • 10 Comm – #1. 1 God #2. only worship
  1. Jesus’ family worshiped Him as God
  • Mary (Acts 1)
  • James & Jude – disbelieved, then pastors, books Bible
  1. Jesus’ followers changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday
  • Creation – 1000’s yrs Saturday. “Sun. “Lords Day” – reset week
  1. Jesus’ followers practiced communion and baptism

GF – Communion                                                    Easter – Baptism!!! (explain)

  1. Jesus’ enemy, Paul, was converted
  • Wrote NT Jesus God rose dead
  1. Jesus’ resurrection was recorded shortly after it occurred
  • Few years, eyewitnesses alive
  1. Jesus’ resurrection is unique in history

Ancient Jewish Historian Josephus born shortly after Jesus resurrection:

“About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Christ. When Pilate, upon hearing him accused by men of the highest standing amongst us, had condemned him to be crucified, those who had in the first place come to love him did not give up their affection for him. On the third day he appeared to them restored to life, for the prophets of God had prophesied these and countless other marvelous things about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared.”

  1. There was no concept of individual resurrection prior to Jesus
  • Jews – all people together @ end history (Dan. 12:2)
  • Greek –
  • Pagans – modified resurrection later
  1. Jesus’ resurrection defies any potential alternative explanation
  2. Body stole 2. Swooned 3. Group hallucination

Thomas Arnold, former professor Modern History Oxford, “No one fact in the history of mankind . . . is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort” than the fact that “Christ died and rose from the dead.”

  1. Jesus’ church has stood the test of time
  2. Jesus is alive and still changing lives to this day.
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Mark Driscoll
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