Evidence For The Resurrection Pt 2.

In continuance of defense for the Resurrection, I recommend a real good publication on the subject. It is a book written by Gary Habermas and summarizes 1400 plus scholarly writings on the subject of Jesus’ resurrection dating between 1975 and 2003. In Habermas’ book *“The Risen Jesus and Future Hope” it appears that from “Bible Thumping” conservatives to “super-liberals” have agreed on these historical facts:

1. Jesus died by Roman Crucifixion

2. Jesus was buried, most likely in a private tomb

3. Soon afterward the disciples were discouraged, bereaved, and despondent, having lost hope

4. Jesus’ tomb was found empty very soon after his interment

5. The disciples had experiences that they believed were actual appearances of the risen Jesus

6. Due to these experiences, the disciples’ lives were thoroughly transformed. They were even willing to die for their belief

7. The proclamation of the Resurrection took place very early, from the beginning of church history

8. The disciples’ public testimony and preaching of the Resurrection took place in the city of Jerusalem, where Jesus had been crucified and buried shortly before.

9. The gospel message centered on the death and resurrection of Jesus

10. Sunday was the primary day for gathering and worshiping

11. James, the brother of Jesus and a skeptic before this time, was converted when he also saw the risen Jesus

12. Just a few years later, Saul of Tarsus (Paul) became a Christian believer, due to an experience that he also believed was an appearance of the risen Jesus

Take in consideration the above while recalling:

1. The New Testament is not a fabrication of fertile minds

2. The New Testament was written within two generations of the actual events

3. The New Testament names many historical people confirmed in other written sources

4. The actual eyewitnesses suffered persecution and death for what they claimed they experienced

5. The sufferings of the eyewitnesses could have been avoided if they denounced their claims

“Thousands and tens of thousands have gone through the evidence which attests the resurrection of Christ, piece by piece, as carefully as ever a judge summed up on the most important case. I have myself done it many times over, not to persuade others, but to satisfy myself. I have been used for many years to study the history of other times, and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fitter evidence and every kind.”
– Thomas Arnold
British Educator and Historian

And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also
vain … And if Christ be not raised, your faith [is] vain; ye are yet in your
sins. (1 Cor. 15:14, 17)

All rejoice! The Lord has RISEN!

To be continued.

God Bless
Brian Mason

*Gary R. Habermas, The Risen Jesus and Future Hope (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003)