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Modern society calls it “Easter.”

The one thing I find that people most often stumble over is the fact that Jesus actually did rise from the dead.

Just a few Years ago I was gravely disappointed with Three of our community’s prominent Churches who along w/ a community university sponsored a Pseudo- Intellect who presented to our community a series of lectures attempting to explain “Why the Bodily resurrection of Jesus isn’t   Necessary to believe in.

Consider This:

Thomas Arnold (Professor and world-renowned historian)  “I can tell you that Christ’s resurrection from the dead is the “best-attested fact in human history”.

C.S. Lewis: {about the Resurrection of Jesus} ….something perfectly  new in the history of the Universe happened….. Christ defeated death.

 Tim Keller: 21st C. author and pastor in  Manhattan, NY) “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.”

The Apostle Paul Said:  “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins..

The Point is Simple:

Either The Resurrection we celebrate TODAY is REAL and ACTUAL or it is NOT….

Jesus’ Resurrection did happen, it isn’t a myth. It isn’t merely a nice idea that Christians have, Rather, it is something which occurred in history.

The truth is everyone in the world is affected by the resurrection of Jesus.

Nobody can live unchanged by this great historically accurate event!

Resurrection Evidence reveals that….

* The New Testament story is not a legend:  New Testament documents were written within two generations of the events by eyewitnesses or their contemporaries. The New Testament story-line is corroborated by non-Christian writers.

* The New Testament story is not an embellishment: New Testament writers were meticulously accurate as the well over 140 historically details demonstrate.

* The New Testament writers were not deceived: The New Testament writers were not wrong about what they saw! If all their other historical details has proven to be Accurate, why do you think they would be deceived about the resurrection?

There will always be people who say that Jesus did not really rise from the dead!

Don’t be discouraged by doubters who deny the resurrection.

Instead, Be filled with hope because one day you will see the living proof when Jesus Christ returns.

What does the resurrection mean to every one who by Faith accepts it?

I can have confidence that the apostles early teaching was true.

I know I am forgiven for my sins.

Finally, Because of the Resurrection I know that  God is a Living Sovereign. The Resurrection tells the world that the kingdom of God is ruled by a living sovereign.

* The founder of Buddhism is dead and his bones lie dormant in the earth.

*The founder of Islam is dead and his bones lie dormant in the earth.

But the founder of Christianity Jesus —made a number of appearances after His death over a 40 day Period.

For Instance:

Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, the women that came to Jesus tomb (Mary the Mother of James, Salome, and Joanna),

He appeared to two disciples on the Emmaus road.

He also appeared to the remainder of the Twelve Disciples with Thomas absent.  Later he appeared to them with Thomas present.

There was also an appearance to seven disciples on the Sea of Galilee.

On another occasion Jesus appeared to over five hundred people at the same time.

There is also an appearance to James.

Finally Jesus appeared to Saul of Tarsus – the man who became the Apostle Paul.

Jesus is Not DEAD IN THE GRAVE

 HE IS RISEN.  Have you received HIM today?  I would love to help. Please contact me.

Dr. Smiley is the Senior Pastor Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia.  The 2400 member congregation is a vibrant Christian fellowship locally and globally.  Dr. Smiley’s is the founder of “Life with Smiles Ministry”. His messages are broadcast on WDUN 550 and his”Blog” entries and thoughts on God, Faith, Current Events, and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/   His Books, “Runaway Lives: overcoming emotional undercurrents”, “Angels all Around”, and “Uncommon Common Sense” can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website. Contact Dr. Smiley at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org

The one thing I find that people most often stumble over is the fact that Jesus actually did rise from the dead.

 It did happen, it isn’t a myth. It isn’t merely a nice idea that Christians have, Rather, it is something which occurred in history.

 The truth is everyone in the world is affected by the resurrection of Jesus.

 Nobody can live unchanged by this  great historically accurate event!

  Keep this resurrection truth in mind:

 Resurrection skeptics provide unverified

Alternative theories; Christ followers provide First-century resurrection evidence.

  What does the evidence reveal regarding the resurrection of Jesus? 

 * The New Testament story is not a legend:

 New Testament documents were written within two generations of the events by eyewitnesses or their contempories.

 The New Testament storyline is corroborated by non-Christian writers.

 * The New Testament story is not an embellishment:

 New Testament writers were meticulously accurate as the well over 140 historically details demonstrate.

 * The New Testament writers were not deceived:

 The New Testament writers were not wrong about what they saw!

 If all their other historical details has proven to be Accurate, why do you think they would be deceived about the resurrection?

  Regarding the resurrection of Jesus, how do skeptics explain away the resurrection?

  There will always be people who say that Jesus did not really rise from the dead!

 Don’t be discouraged by doubters who deny the resurrection.

           Instead,

 Be filled with hope because the knowledge that one day you will see the living proof when Jesus Christ returns.

 Alternative theories of resurrection skeptics.

  The hallucination theory:

 Response:  Jesus appeared to men and women in various  settings over a 40 day period.  Why did the roman authorities not just parade around the dead body of Jesus?

  The wrong tomb theory:

 Response:  The Jews knew where the tomb was. The roman authorities knew where the tomb was.  The wrong tomb theory doesn’t explain away the sightings of a resurrected Jesus, or the empty tomb.

 The swoon theory:  (appeared dead)

 Response:  Non-Christians sources affirm that a spear was thrust into the heart of Jesus. In addition, Jesus was wrapped in spices and 75 lbs. of bandages

 The stolen body;

 Response:  This would makes the disciples deceivers, not deceived!  So…..the disciples stole the body of Jesus so they could be beaten and tortured?

What does the resurrection mean to every one who accepts it?

Because of the resurrection I have confidence that the apostles early teaching was true.

Because of the resurrection I am forgiven for my sins.

Because Christ is raised those who have died in Christ have not perished.

One final word about “who is Jesus”? 

C.S. Lewis who clearly shows that we must do something with Jesus: either accept his love and forgiveness, or totally reject all of his claims.

He writes:

I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about him:

 “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.

 A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said… Would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic… or else he would be the devil of hell.

 You must make you choice.

 Either this man was, and is, the son of God: or else a madman or something worse.

 You can shut him up for a fool,

You can spit at him and kill him as a demon;

You can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God.

 But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

Dr. Tom Smiley, is Senior of Pastor of Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia.  The 2400 member congregation is a vibrant Christian fellowship locally and globally.  Dr. Smiley’s is the founder of “Life with Smiles Ministry”. His messages are broadcast on WDUN 550 and his”Blog” entries and thoughts on God, Faith, Current Events, and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/   His Books, “Runaway Lives: overcoming emotional undercurrents”, “Angels all Around”, and “Uncommon Common Sense” can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website. Contact Dr. Smiley at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org