The following is part
of a letter I wrote to the editor:
The Top 10 Reasons To Believe In The Resurrection:
#10- The Jewish prophecies speak of "One who would die for the
sins of many." (Isaiah 53:4-5) The Apostle Paul points out that
without the resurrection, we would still be in our sins.
(1 Corinthians 15:17)
#9- Lack of DNA Evidence...which brings me to the next three points:
#8- The empty tomb. You cannot collect evidence from a missing body.
#7- The guarded tomb. The punishment for a Roman guard falling
asleep was punishable by death.
#6- If there was a dead body, Rome and the chief priests would have
produced it to squelch the mounting evidence of the resurrection. So,
where's the body?
#5- Women were given a place of honor by becoming the first apostles. Jesus showed his resurrected body to
women first. Only Jesus would have given women, especially in that
day, this honor: Jesus told them to, "Go and tell my brothers,
the disciples, the good news." If this was a fairy tale, men would have been the
culturally accepted ones to
first discover the empty tomb.
#4- Eye witnesses: over 500 people saw Jesus' resurrected body
at the same time! (1 Corinthians 15:6)
#3- The disciples changed from being cowards, to being willing to die for what
they saw. If Jesus Christ wasn't raised from the dead, if it weren't
true, Peter, the
other disciples, and the rest of the early Christians, would have
remained silent to protect themselves from persecution, torture and
#2- The Apostle Paul, was a well-known, devout Jew, who hated Christians and wanted to
kill them, until he met the risen LORD. That would have been like Osama Bin
Laden becoming a Christian and then telling the world about it.
And, the #1 reason to believe in the resurrection of Jesus: Because
he said so (John 2:19-20)! Jesus predicted his death and resurrection.
Jesus cannot be just a good man or a prophet as some call him. He was either a liar
who deceived millions of people
for centuries; he was crazy, because he called himself God; or he
told the truth, because is the Risen Christ!
Copyright 2002 Sarah A. Keith
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