Faith with overwhelming Evidence

Posted by Tom Crouse on with 2 Comments

We are at the time in the year when all over the world people will gear up to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is the foundation of our faith, the bedrock , the Cornerstone (pun intended) that keeps us sure that our belief is true, and all others false.  When considering the Resurrection and its implications I am reminded of the Apostle Paul in First Corinthians dealing with what is true if the Resurrection is false.  He points out that if Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, if there was no Resurrection, then we who believe there was;
 
1. Our faith is in vain
2. We are false witnesses to God
3. Our faith is worthless
4. We are still in our sins
5.  We are to be pitied more than any others
 
But the Apostle Paul goes on to say Jesus did rise from the dead.  I would add that to believe Jesus did not rise from the dead takes more faith to believe than that He did.  Why? Because there is tremendous overwhelming evidence that He did.  Now I realize to go outside of Scripture for evidence is to go to a lesser source to prove a greater, but many are helped this way, so consider these facts concerning the Resurrection of Jesus Christ;
 
 
FACT #1: EMPTY TOMB
 
FACT #2: LARGE STONE MOVED
Those who observed the stone after the resurrection
 describe its position as having been rolled up a 
slope away not just from the entrance of the tomb,
 but from the entire massive sepulcher. It was in 
such a position that it looked as if it had been
 picked up and carried away.
 
FACT #3: ROMAN GUARD GOES AWOL 
The Roman guards fled. They left their place of 
responsibility. How can their attrition be explained,
 when Roman military discipline was so exceptional?
 
FACT #4: GRAVECLOTHES TELL A TALE 
In a literal sense, against all statements to the contrary,
 the tomb was not totally empty--because of an 
amazing phenomenon. John, a disciple of Jesus,
 looked over to the place where the body of Jesus
 had lain, and there were the grave clothes, in the
 form of the body, slightly caved in and empty--
like the empty chrysalis of a caterpillar's cocoon
 
FACT #5: JESUS' APPEARANCES CONFIRMED 
Christ appeared alive on several occasions after the
 cataclysmic events of that first Resurrection day
The apostle appealed to his audience's knowledge 
of the fact that Christ had been seen by more than
 500 people at one time. Paul reminded them that
the majority of those people were still alive and 
could be questioned
 
As I said there is so much evidence of this glorious event , an event that means for all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins, are going to be with Him in the New Heaven and the New Earth one day.  It also means to leave this world having rejected Christ is to forever be in eternity under the wrath of God, alive in the flames of Hell!  I will write next week of more compelling evidence of the Resurrection and I pray if you are a true believer in Christ this will greatly encourage you and bring you great joy, and if you are not a true believer in Christ that God would use these blogs to bring you to true saving faith!
 
For his Glory,
Pastor Tom

Tags: easter, faith, resurrection

Comments

dave & diane Mar 23, 2015 3:23pm

AMAZING TRUTH , AMAZING SAVIOUR !!!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN !!!!!!!

gary Jun 19, 2016 1:10pm

Are our pastors telling us the truth?

Are Christian pastors honest with their congregations regarding the evidence for the Resurrection? Is there really a "mountain of evidence" for the Resurrection as our pastors claim or is the belief in the Resurrection based on nothing more than assumptions, second century hearsay, superstitions, and giant leaps of faith?

You MUST read this Christian pastor's defense of the Resurrection and a review by one of his former parishioners, a man who lost his faith and is now a nonbeliever primarily due to the lack of good evidence for the Resurrection:

-A Review of LCMS Pastor John Bombaro's Defense of the Resurrection-

(copy and paste this article title into your browser to find and read this fascinating review of the evidence for the Resurrection)

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