The Resurrection – Part 2

empty-tombYesterday, we started looking at theories used to disprove the Resurrection.  Today, Easter Sunday, is the day where we celebrate why this all matters!

Another theory is that the women who came to the tomb of Jesus had forgotten which one it was and arrived in the wrong place; seeing a young man at an open tomb, they were frightened enough to believe him to be an angel and then fled. 

The problem with this idea is that the women came looking for a closed tomb and would have bypassed an open tomb without incident unless they were sure of the place. The women are unlikely to have been in error, having visited it only a few days before, and Joseph of Arimathea, who had donated it, would have been able to clear up any, misunderstanding.

The idea that Jesus did not really die, but merely passed out on the cross and was then revived by the cold and the spices of the tomb is ludicrous.  This assumes that the Roman soldiers, experienced at crucifying people, were unable to determine that Jesus had died, and that other eyewitnesses were mistaken.  It also assumes that the wounds, including the piercing of the spear (see John 19:31-37), were not only insufficient to kill him, but they were unable to prevent Him from opening his tomb and escaping and then appearing to His disciples as the risen Christ.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at the final post in this series.  The implications of the Resurrection are truly important for eternity and therefore for how we live now.  One cannot be dismissive of it without understanding what this means for our own life today. Our own eternal destiny depends upon the choice that we make to accept or reject Jesus who said that He was the only way to God (John 14:6)

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2 thoughts on “The Resurrection – Part 2

  1. dear brother Rob
    I appreciate much your picture of the empty tomb above, in which door the sun is shining from outside and enlightens the shrouds. It illustrates Christian hope very impressingly. It is used in many versions in the net.
    Are you the holder of the copyright? If you are, would you mind if I put in on the Christian website

    “www.before-jesus-comes.com” (and on the german version “bevor-jesus-kommt.de”

    or “www.matth2323.de”) Or do you know the source where I can ask for allowance to use it. Thanks for your answer.
    Sincerely brother Rahn

    • Hi Christian, the image was uploaded some time ago, so I can’t recall the source, sorry, but most of the ones I use are stock images which can be searched online through various sources such as Wiki Commons or istock photo. Rob

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