Preparation Study prayerfully and be prepared to read John On six small pieces of paper, write one of the following clues: He was baptized by immersion the same way we are.
No other religion in history revolves around a single event the way Christianity revolves around the resurrection.
It is a provable, testable event and is subject to all the power of archaeological, scientific and historical investigation. It either happened or it didn't. In a previous article, we've established the authorship of the Gospels and shown that these men were first or second hand eyewitnesses to everything the accounts record.
We've also established that the Gospels we have today have survived remarkably well so that we can be certain we know what was originally written. Finally, we established that the Gospels writers were not writing fiction, myth or legend.
They intended their stories to be believed. With all of the preliminaries out of the way, we can move onto the final piece of the puzzle. Were the Gospel writers telling the truth - did Jesus Christ rise from the dead?
This is the key question in all of Christianity, for everything rests upon the fact of Christ's resurrection. If it happened, then all of Christianity is true and has profound meaning for all of us. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then Christianity has no meaning at all.
Certainly, Jesus' disciples understood the importance of the resurrection. During the two days after Jesus' death, his disciples were distraught, disillusioned and ready to go their separate ways. They knew from ancient Jewish prophecy that the Messiah would not be taken by death, so Jesus' fate on the cross left them questioning everything they had previously believed.
It was not until Jesus appeared to them in the flesh that the apostles got organized, motivated and began to preach the good news of the Gospel. They would all continue to do so until their deaths. It is not in doubt by virtually any modern scholar.
But did He die? One explanation for the resurrection is that Jesus simply never died - that he survived the crucifixion and spent three days recovering in the tomb. There are several problems with this theory. First, we know that Jesus was flogged before he was crucified and we know from studying Roman history that this brutal process would have left Jesus extremely weakened and dehydrated.
The amount of blood lost from this horrible torture would have caused Jesus to go into shock. Some people did not survive long after a flogging and it's possible that without intervention, Jesus would have died as a result of these wounds alone.
Anyone who has seen the Passion of the Christ can understand how brutal this torture was. Then, if Jesus survived the crucifixion and faked His death on the cross, we know that a Roman soldier pierced his side with a spear before he was taken down. Then, without any medical intervention, he was placed inside a tomb where he fully recovered.
The implausibility of this idea starts to become clear once we realize that during His many appearances, he walked with His disciples despite having had spikes driven through His feet days earlier. The final and most important reason we must reject this theory is that if Jesus did survive, He would have been weak, gaunt, bed-ridden and near-death.
In this condition, Jesus could not have inspired his followers the way He did. Clearly from the accounts, we see that Jesus is alive, healthy, vibrant and active.
Only in this condition could He have inspired his apostles to believe that he truly was the Son of God. If we are to believe all the historical account that Jesus was crucified, then we must accept that He was killed on the cross.
Roman executioners performed thousands of crucifixions and were exceedingly good at their job, for they knew that a mistake could cost them their own lives.
They would not have allowed someone to come down from the cross alive. The Empty Tomb With Jesus' death established, we turn to the empty tomb three days later. It is not in dispute that on the Sunday following His death, the tomb where He was laid was empty.
Following the discovery of the empty tomb by Jesus' disciples, the Jewish leaders did not argue that the body was still there, rather, they accused His disciples of stealing the body. There were Roman soldiers guarding the tomb and the Jewish leaders accused the guards of falling asleep, permitting Jesus' followers to sneak off with the evidence.The fact that Jesus only allowed three of his disciples to witness the event may have sparked the discussion which swiftly ensued about which of the disciples was the greatest (Luke ).
Revision date: 8/ The Talk outline “Jesus Christ—Earth’s New Ruler” has been discontinued and should no longer be used. It has been replaced by “Who Really is Jesus Christ?” Note: This is the special public talk outline for The talk will be given in most congregations the week of .
Did a man called Jesus of Nazareth walk the earth? Discussions over whether the figure known as the “Historical Jesus” actually existed primarily reflect disagreements among atheists.
really foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus Christ]: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say.
American King James Version × to Jesus Christ, states: “But to the Son He says: ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.’” Other parts of this book explain that Jesus is higher than the angels (Hebrews Hebrews 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Who is Jesus? The first discussion Jesus initiated about the church began with a paramount question. Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" (Matthew NIV) The discussion began with a general question about what people thought about him. Jesus Christ showed God to be gentle, loving, aware of our self-centeredness and shortcomings, yet deeply wanting a relationship with us. Jesus revealed that although he views us as sinners, worthy of his punishment, his love for us ruled and he came up with a different plan. Explain that Jesus Christ has shown his love for us and that we can also show our love for him. Write the phrase “I can show love for Jesus Christ by—” on the chalkboard or .
About 10 years ago, The Jesus Project was set up in the US; one of its main questions for discussion was that of whether or not Jesus existed. Some authors have even argued that Jesus of Nazareth was doubly non-existent, contending that both Jesus and Nazareth are Christian inventions.