Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, part 3

    This fifth Sunday of Easter we continue looking into the resurrection. In the previous essay it was established that the disciples and others claimed to have seen the risen Jesus. This week, we look to another claim that has consensus from scholars: A key persecutor of the Church (Saul of Tarsus) was suddenly changed and claimed to meet the risen Jesus. Saul of Tarsus is better known in history and by the Church as the Apostle Paul. In 1 Cor. 15:9-10, Gal 1:12-16, 22-23, and Philippians 3:6-7, the Apostle tells the account of his conversion. One moment he was persecuting Christians and the next he was preaching the Gospel, suffering persecutions and killed. During his ministry, Paul would write the majority of the New Testament, in the midst of these trials.

    In the book of Galatians, Paul accounts for his persecutions … Read More »

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  • The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, part 2

    This 3rd Sunday of Easter we continue to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord from the grave. In this second essay we focus on a claim that has shared consensus: Jesus of Nazareth died by crucifixion. Death by crucifixion was a common form employed by Romans to execute common criminals. Dr. Michael Licona’s 700+ page book The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, cites Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Livy, Philo and Josephus as reporting that prior to crucifixions the subjects were flogged or whipped. (Licona, 4.3.1) History records that after the brutal torture, the subjects were then followed by crowds to be nailed to a cross or tree. The details of the crucifixion styles by Roman soldiers are well documented.

    The first reason to know that Jesus of Nazareth died on a cross from being crucified is that his death is … Read More »

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  • The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, part 1

    We enter the second Sunday of Easter and it is fitting to discuss the Resurrection. Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus for good reason, since Jesus has risen we are no longer in our sins. However, not everyone believes the resurrection of Jesus is a fact which is sad. Are Christians missing the boat on this issue? Do we have a good reason to believe the resurrection actually happened? Some are afraid to really look into this matter because they are afraid of what the answer might yield. “Why rock the boat?” “This is an issue of faith not history.” But as Paul wrote to the Corinthians in 1 Cor. 15:17 “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” The resurrection of Jesus is not just a matter of faith, … Read More »

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