The Resurrection The Christian Faith

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Jesus was the only person who rose from the graves and did not return it. The psalmist wrote these words,” For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. The scripture also declares that his servant will be buried among the wicked in a rich man tomb. They made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man at His death. Yet He committed no sin. When Joseph a member of the Sanhedrin who had not agreed with their plan and action. Toke Jesus down from the cross He gave him proper burial according to the burial custom of the Jews, and buried him his tomb. Nicodemus (who had previously come to Him at night) also came, bringing a mixture of about 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes. Then, they took Jesus’ ebody and wrapped it in linen cloths with the aromatic spices. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary observed the tomb and where His body was placed. Then, they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. As Jesus and Old Testament prophets predicted in how He would be put the death. After the preparation and burial, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together went to Pilate, and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day; otherwise, His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’and the last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.” And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.

When speaking prior to His crucifixion Jesus predicted his death and resurrection to his disciple that he would be handed over to Elders, Chief Priest, and legal expects and would be crucified and die and after three days He would rise again. Since Jesus already fulfill this first part of His prediction by dying on Calgary Cross and was now buried. Chuck Swindoll, utter these words several times. Since, the disciples two Marys were unaware of Mathew 28 because they’re still living in Matthew Chapter 27. Even thou Jesus predicated it would occur. Now Matthew chapter 28 will unfold as Jesus predicated. According to Applied Anthropology they did study on the body decaying after person died, ”Much faster than decomposition is, of course, death itself, when the body goes through a host of grisly changes in a relatively fast time frame. When a per hear stops beating at death, the body’s cells are deprived of oxygen and die. Blood then begins draining from the circulatory systed pools in the low-lying areas of the body. Stiffening of the muscles — rigor mortis– sets in after about three hours, and by the time 24 hours have passed, the body will have lost all of its internal heat. The muscles will begin to lose rigor mortis after about 36 hours, and the stiffness will be completely gone after 72 hours. In other study found Human Death and Decay webpage http://science.howstuffworks.com/body-farm1.htm As the cells die, bacteria within the body begin breaking them down. Enzymes in the pancreas cause the organ to digest itself. The body soon takes on a gruesome appearance and smell. Decomposing tissue emits a green substance, as well as gasses such as methane and hydrogen sulfide. The lungs expel fluid through the mouth and nose. On the third day, violent earthquake, and an angel appeared clothing as white as snow and the guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men and they fled the grave site, and reported to the chief priest what transpired. And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.” And if this should come to the governor’s ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble.” And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jew to this day. On the third Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to where Jesus was buried finished the preparation, bringing the spices with them and view the tomb and was empty. They went into the tomb. An angel of the Lord was in the tomb dressed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; they were amazed and alarmed. He said “ Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there just as He told you.’” that He has risen from the dead. So they went out and started running from the tomb, because trembling, and astonishment overwhelmed them. Mary went to the disciple and said, “The tomb was empty” So Peter and John went forth, and they went to the tomb. The two were running together; and John ran faster than Peter and came to the tomb first; and stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in. And Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he *saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. So the John who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. At the time, they went back to their own homes and their vocations. Accordingly, the Apostle Paul 1 Corinthians 15; 3-8 For I delivered to you on first importance what I also received, from Christ. He died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas {Simon Peter} then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all. He appeared to me also {Apostle Paul}. People who saw Jesus after death: To Mary Magdalene at the sepulchre. This is recorded at length only by John (20:11-18) and alluded to by Mark (16:9-11). He appeared these women,” the other Mary,” Salome, Joanna, and others, as they returned from the sepulchre. Matthew (28:1-10) alone gives an account of this. (Compare Mark 16:1-8, and Luke 24:1-11.) To Simon Peter alone on the day of the resurrection. (See Luke 24:34; 1 Cor. 15:5.) To the two disciples on the way to Emmaus on the day of the resurrection, recorded only by Luke (24:13-35. To the ten disciples (Thomas being absent time) and others “with them,” at Jerusalem on the evening of the resurrection day, John (20:19-24). To the disciples again (Thomas being present) at Jerusalem (Mark 16:14-18; Luke 24:33-40; John 20:26-28. See also 1 Cor. 15:5). To the disciples when fishing at the Sea of Galilee. Of this appearance also John (21:1-23) alone gives an account. To the eleven, and above 500 brethren at once, at an appointed place in Galilee (1 Cor. 15:6; compare Matt. 28:16-20). To James, but under what circumstances we are not informed (1 Cor. 15:7). To the apostles immediately before the ascension. They accompanied him from Jerusalem to Mount Olivet, and there they saw him ascend “till a cloud received him out of their sight” (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50-52; Acts 1:4-10). In addition to the above, mention might be made of Christ’s manifestation to Paul at Damascus who speaks of it as an appearance of the risen Savior (Acts 9:3-9, 17; 1 Cor. 15:8; 9:1). Lastly to all who believe in Jesus is Lord, and took their sins when confess and repent of theirs sins Romans 10; 9-13 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Than he will dwell in you. Concerning resurrection either you believe it or you do not believe it. When apostle Peter preached on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2; 31- 32 King David looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay. This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.” Peter also pointed to King David grave site as proof that wasn’t him. Jesus without doubt is one the key figure in history, Yet Wikipedia claim Jesus has several burial sites, There located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. A second site, known as the Garden Tomb, located just outside Jerusalem the Old City. Other key religious leader such as Muhammad, Confucius, and Bahá’í you know where they were buried For example: Muhammad is buried in the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi, The grave of Confucius, founder of Confucianism, is in his home town of Qufu, Shandong Province, China, and Bábism The Shrine of the Báb, the burial location of the Báb, the founder of Bábism and one of three central figures of the Bahá’í Faith, is located on Mount Carmel, in Haifa, Israel. Yet, the historian can only speculated where Jesus was buried. Another factor sin was the cause and the effect of physical and spiritual death. It is also the key to Christian faith and core walk with. Logically how can someone pray to someone who is dead how can that hear your prayers when they’re dead? Dr. Henry Morris wrote these words concerning Jesus resurrection “, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. Everything else that was said or done by Christ and the apostles are secondary in importance to the resurrection. If the resurrection did not take place then, Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth. “Death is our greatest enemy, and it has conquered all men but Christ. No man is wise enough to outwit death or wealthy enough to purchase freedom from death or strong enough to vanquish death. The grave always wins the victory, and every person sooner or later returns to the dust.” In fact, the inexorable triumph of death applies not only to people, but to all things. Animals die, and plants die, and even whole species atrophy and become extinct. Cities and nations, like people, are born and grow for a season, and then fade away. Homes and automobiles and clothes wear out and must eventually go back to the dust, just as do their owners. Even the universe itself is running down and heading toward an ultimate “heat death.” Or the apostle Paul wrote, “ and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. Remember the disciples the were scattered when chief priest, and legal expect arrested Jesus and the disciples lived in fear for their lives as scripture states, “ Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little one.” After Pentecost when 120 followers of Jesus were upper room praying requested by Jesus. The Holy Spirit descended upon them, and they became to speak in tongues and the apostle Peter preached the gospel. Later on, chief priests and the Pharisees order John and Peter threatens them beat them in Acts 4. The key was the resurrection of Jesus Christ all they had to is point to His empty tomb. The Pharisees and Sadducees had to produce the body, and the apostles would be the laughing stock of community and no one would take them serious. Dr. Greenleaf, the Royal Professor of Law at Harvard University born on December 5, 1783 –October 6, 1853. Felt the resurrection was the key to the Christian faith as he stated, “According to the laws of legal evidence used in courts of law, there is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history. Dr Greenleaf in brief on Facts or Fictions he wrote the following : He theory suggests the apostles fabricated the resurrection. Two major problems: One, If the body of Jesus Christ was available, you’d better believe, the Roman authorities would have paraded His body for all to see. Christianity was spreading like a wild fire! And nothing could have quenched that flame quicker than the body of Jesus Christ! If the resurrection of Jesus Christ was not true—there were 11 men that knew it! There were 11 men that knew it! Remember, friend—THESE MEN WERE EYEWITNESSES! They were there! “Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were EYEWITNESSES. .” Luke 1:2 “That which was from the beginning, which we have HEARD, which we have SEEN WITH OUR EYES, which we have LOOKED UPON, and our HANDS HAVE HANDLED. .” 1 John 1:1 “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were EYEWITNESSES of his majesty.” 2 Peter 1:16 And these men went so far as seal their testimony with their blood! They died a horrible and martyrs death! There is no way; these 12 men could have all been deceived. For this reason—these 12 men not only died for a lie—and here is the catch—THEY KNEW IT WAS A LIE! If the resurrection of Jesus Christ a lie—THEY KNEW IT! You cannot find a group of 11 men in the history of this universe who forsook all, were beaten, were jailed, and even went so far as die for a lie—KNOWING it was a lie! You could imprison them, flog them, kill them, but you could not make them deny their conviction that on the third day he rose again. Dr. Greenleaf wrote, “IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE that the apostles could have persisted in affirming the truths they had narrated, had not JESUS CHRIST ACTUALLY RISEN FROM THE DEAD!” And then there’s the man called Saul of Tarsus. Saul of Tarsus thought Jesus was a false messiah, a fake, a blasphemer. And to exterminate Christianity totally, became his passion! The Bible describes him: “As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.” (Acts 8:3) “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, . . .” (Acts 9:1) Saul of Tarsus was one of Christianitys’ most rabid persecutors. One day traveling the dusty road to Damascus, Saul burning with vengeance, with documents authorizing him to capture all the followers of Jesus. But on the road to Damascus something happened to Saul of Tarsus.. . “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.” (Acts 9:3-5)

And on the road to Damascus, the greatest conversion in history took place! For Saul of Tarsus, among the greatest enemies of Jesus Christ that ever lived—became the Apostle Paul—THE GREATEST CHRISTIAN THAT EVER LIVED! THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST! Gilbert West and Lord Lyttleton, two Oxford students, believed Christianity was a “tale gone mad” and they determined to refute the Christian faith. Lyttleton resolved to disprove the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, and West would refute the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They figured a careful, rational, examination of the evidence would easily disprove the Christian faith. But after examining the evidence—they both separately came to the opposite conclusion! Lyttleton concluded that Saul of Tarsus did, in fact, convert to the Apostle Paul through Jesus Christ. And Gilbert West concluded that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was among the best-established facts in all of history! West went on to write a book entitled, “Observations on the History and Evidences of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Professor Thomas Arnold, former chair of history at Oxford, and author of the famous volumes, History of Rome, was skillfully educated in the study of historical facts. Professor Arnold, stated, “I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times, and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is PROVED BY BETTER AND FULLER EVIDENCE of every sort, than the great sign which God has given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead.” After investigating the evidence of the resurrection, Lord Darling, former Chief Justice of England, stated, “. . . There is such overwhelming evidence, positive and negative, factual, and circumstantial, that no intelligent jury in the world could fail to bring in a verdict that the resurrection story is true.” Now to deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ you have to close your eyes to the overwhelming facts of history. Tim Keller penned these words, “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.” Jesus is alive if believe in His atoning works you will have eternal life with Christ. Martha Tigchelaar my mother died on March 08 2012. What comfort me the most is that I’ll see one day in heaven. As written in scriptures, “ O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” Furthermore, it is written in the Old Testament, “I will ransom them from the power of Sheol. I will redeem them from death. Death, where are your barbs? Sheol, where is your sting?” Christianity is the most persecuted people throughout history because of their faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ eleven of the twelve apostles were martyred because their strong belief in the resurrection of Christ. If the disciples took Jesus body the common belief in that time frame. You would think at least one. The disciples would reveal where Jesus body is, certainly chief priest, nor the guards kept watch over the grave site would not reveal their secret meeting The guards would have lost their lives if Roman authority found out they abandoned their posts. The chief priests, Pharisee, and the legal expect hated Jesus, and put Him to death. If the mass would have known their intent of killing Him, and covering up the resurrection it also would have expose their hypocrisy to the people. As Jesus stated the disciples, “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it; the world hates you. Remember if world attack you remember they attack Jesus first. As scripture declares, “Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ[—the righteousness from God based on faith. My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. NT wrote, ” The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom…It is the decisive event demonstrating that God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven. “

 

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