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Summary: Here is evidence to support the reality of the resurrection and the importance to our lives.

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The Reality of the Resurrection

The Resurrection is Evidenced by Facts

The Empty Tomb

The Tomb was Secured

The Disciples were Scared

The Effects on the Lives of the Disciples

The Resurrection is Essential to Living Life Eternal

The Resurrection is Essential to Living Life Now

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How are you today?

We are in the midst of a series called the Creed and we are talking about beliefs that are essential to Christianity that others have tried to refute or teach against through the years.

We have talked about the Trinity and the certainty of our eternal life for those who have truly received Jesus and today we are going to talk about the Reality of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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This is something that others have tried to refute and discredit because if you can somehow show the resurrection did not happen, Christianity would be completely discredited and it would crumble.

And if you have ever taken time to consider the reality of the Resurrection, it can, on its face, seem pretty unbelievable. I mean, when is the last time you saw a resurrection?

Never.

You may have seen a resuscitation, but you have never seen a resurrection where someone has died and come back forever!

So given that we have never seen a resurrection

how do we know it is real and

even if it is, what does it really matter to me?

Those are the questions that we are going to look into today to help us find out about the reality of the resurrection.

But how in the world can we determine if this is a reality, considering it happened so long ago?

Are there really any facts we can look at or consider?

Well, the reality is, is that

The Resurrection is Evidenced by Facts

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Today, we are going to look at some of the facts that support the resurrection.

If you would turn with me this morning to Luke 24:1-8

We are going to read what was recorded by Luke, who was a doctor and historian.

Is Luke Reliable?

If you question us looking into the Bible for facts about Jesus and the resurrection, I want to assure you that the Bible is the best recorded history of these events and Luke was quite an accomplished historian.

That is not just my assessment, but the assessment of one of the most widely recognized archeologists and historians of the modern era of Archeology.

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Sir William Mitchell Ramsay was an Oxford educated professor who doubted the reliability of the New Testament and was known “for his expertise in the historic geography and topography of Asia Minor.

When he first went to Asia Minor, many of the cities mentioned in Acts had no known location and almost nothing was known of their history or politics. The Acts of the Apostles was the only record and Ramsay, skeptical, fully expected his own research to prove the author of Acts hopelessly inaccurate since no man could possibly know the details of Asia Minor more than a hundred years after the event—this is, when some thought that Acts was then supposed to have been written. He therefore set out to put the writer of Acts on trial. He devoted his life to unearthing the ancient cities and documents of Asia Minor. After a lifetime of study, however, he concluded:


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