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What about Easter?

 

Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead?

Well, did he? Yes or no?

It's a bit of an unfair question really. If we say no, we've then got to be the first person in history to prove it - many who have sincerely tried in the past have finished believing he did rise from the dead.

If we say yes, then we're left with how we respond to his claims to be the Son of God and only way to heaven (see John 10:30-38; 14:6).

 

Can we say we don't know?

The fact is that the evidence for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the strongest cards in Christianity's pack. This is because without the resurrection there is no Christianity because Christianity is based on the life, death and resurrection of Christ who didn't come to teach Christianity like some religious prophet or leader - he is Christianity!

It makes sense, therefore, that someone somewhere is going to try their hardest to prove it's all a load of nonsense.

Take Frank Morison, for instance, a lawyer and journalist. He was convinced that the resurrection was a mere tissue of fable and fantasy. Sensing that it was the foundation stone of the Christian faith, he decided to do the world a favour by once and for all exposing this fraud and superstition. As a lawyer, he felt he had the critical faculties to rigidly sift evidence and to admit nothing as evidence which did not meet the stiff criteria for admission into a law court today.

However, while he was doing his research, the whole thing was turned around and he ended up writing a book called �Who moved the stone?' the first chapter of which he called �The book that refused to be written'. In it he confessed that he became persuaded against his will of the fact of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Then there was Lord Lyttleton and Gilbert West. They set out on the same task and failed. Their writings on the subject warranted a place in the British Museum where their book can be seen today. On the fly-leaf is a quote: �Don't judge a matter until you have examined it'.

Then, what about the writer of �Ben Hur'? He too was commissioned to disprove the resurrection and debunk Christianity. He too failed and his book became the basis for the film.

 

What's the evidence?

So, what is the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

First, there is the Biblical evidence found in the New Testament part of the Bible.

Then there is the historical evidence.

Finally, there is the fact of the Christian Church that has survived the centuries and that Christianity is still growing all around the world - and there is the testimony of its members to the reality of the risen Lord Jesus in their own lives.

 

The Ultimate Question

Despite the protestations of other religions, Jesus made it clear that there's no way to God but through him. He is the only one to give the gift of eternal life (John 14:6). God himself said �turn to me and be saved all you people, for I am God and there is no other� (Isaiah 45:22).

If you're not a Christian and you're reading this, then, whatever other questions or arguments you may have about the Christian faith, here is a question you need to answer: �If Jesus Christ is alive today what happens when I die?�

During the course of our life on this earth we all experience a mixture of good and bad. Every living person experiences something of the goodness of God in their lives and something of the evil of hell in their lives. Heaven is where God is and hell is where there is a total absence of the goodness and love of God.

The Bible makes it clear that the death of our physical body initiates 'sort out time'. Jesus referred to it as the separation of the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31-46). Paul, when speaking in Athens, said - �In the past God overlooked such ignorance (regarding their view of God), but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead" (Acts 17:30-31).

When we die, therefore, the Christian leaves hell behind for ever and the non-Christian leaves heaven behind for ever - an awful prospect (2Thessalonians 1:6-10; Revelation 20:11-21:4).

If this is not true, then whatever you do, it doesn't matter anyway (but can you prove it's not true?).

 

But, what if it is true?

If it is true then surely you need to do something about it, and that post haste!

The Bible says: This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life... (Deuteronomy 30:19:20).

 

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