The Power of the Resurrection
April 19, 2019 by Bob Elliott
Strong and Courageous
As Easter is rapidly approaching, I thought it would be good to look at the resurrection of Jesus this week. Particularly from the perspective of someone who is a skeptic, or holds to a staunch unbelief. The very notion that someone could actually come back to life after they have died is just too much to possibly be true. I understand their plight, it truly is most unusual for such a thing to have occurred.
I believe that the only way that this resurrection could possibly be true, is if Jesus is actually the real deal. Yes, he had to be divine in order to pull this off. No other explanation of Jesus will make any sense at all. Those who hold the notion that Jesus was just a good moral teacher and not possessing supernatural abilities, does not ring true with what we know historically.
Yes, I used the word history for a significant reason. The four gospels of the New Testament were written in the form of biographical history. There are multiple eyewitness accounts of what took place. This is the kind of evidence that could be used in a court of law to bring an undeniable case for the resurrection to a final verdict or conclusion. The evidence for the truth of this historical event is undeniable.
The amount of evidence from a perspective of the number of copies available in ancient literature is off the charts compared to all other ancient documents. We have more than 24,000 ancient New Testament documents available to cross reference in order to evaluate the consistency of the message. When compared to other books of ancient literature genre, we are lucky if we only have 20 such documents.
My question to the skeptic is this, If the New Testament biographies are just an “ancient fairy tale”, why is it that we have so many available copies of these documents, compared to all other ancient literature? Could there be so many copies of these documents because there is potential truth to these writings? And wouldn’t it be worth further exploring on your part? Particularly since Easter is only a few days away?
A person could read the entire gospel of Mark in about 40 minutes in order to have an accurate historical account of Jesus in order to make an informed decision on this matter. It will be well worth the effort to read.
Mark Chapter 1, Bible gateway.
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