Summary: This Message presents the supporting Evidences for the Reality of The Resurrection of Jesus
WHY WE BELIEVE IN THE BODILY
(LITERAL) RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
We have come to the time when the world in general and the religious world in particular remembers in a special way the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is true that there are no holy seasons or holy days more holy than others. Every Lord’s Day is Resurrection Day. But because the attention of many people is turned to the Resurrection of Christ presently more so than almost at any other time, we are pleased to make this special emphasis. We believe that it is important that we understand that in reference to the Resurrection of Christ, we are dealing with facts - Historical Facts - Real Events that occurred in space and time as we know it. Facts that can be substantiated without question and documented without contradiction. We are not dealing with fables, myths, or tall tales. Hear the words of the inspired Apostle Peter: "We did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of the Lord Jesus Christ; we were eyewitnesses of His majesty." (2 Peter 1:16)
Often in our world - which attempts to appear sophisticated: socially, philosophically, and even religiously, the question often surfaces: "can we really, seriously - intelligently - believe in the bodily (literal) Resurrection of Christ?" As we have already learned when we considered the Trial and Death of Jesus, this is a matter about which we cannot be - or remain - neutral. The facts of the case will not allow it. Christ will not allow it. His Word will not allow it. The Reality of Christ’s Resurrection is the crowning proof and evidence of His Divinity - that He really was - and is - Who He claimed to be: THE SINLESS, DIVINE, ETERNAL SON OF GOD. He said: Except you believe that I am He (That is: The Messiah; The I AM) you will die in your sins. (John 8:24) The Inspired Apostle Paul said: "...the word of Faith which we are preaching, (is) that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved". (Romans 10:6-11) So our response and reaction to the Resurrection of Christ - whether we believe and accept it or not -whether we order our lives accordingly - is a matter of life and death. Our response determines our eternal destiny. It is not an indifferent matter and we cannot be or remain indifferent to it.
Any honest, intelligent inquiry and investigation into the Resurrection Of Christ brings us to the same conclusion that was stated by the Apostle Paul when he was on trial before King Agrippa: This thing was not done in a corner (Acts 26:22-29). We also make another wonderful discovery: God has not left Himself without witness (and testimony) in this matter. As far as the Word of God is concerned, there are both internal and external evidences that give testimony to the reality of the literal, Bodily Resurrection of Christ. It is to those evidences that we want to turn our attention today.