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Resurrection of Jesus - Answers to the Common Challenges

Here, Hume is assuming to know the intellect of people who claim to have seen miracles, that claims to the miraculous come from those without the background knowledge to differentiate between a natural and an unnatural act. The problem is, evidenced by ancient burial rituals, an understanding existed that the dead stay dead and the deceased were done with their bodies and to burn or bury them would have no consequence. It does not seem to take a contemporary intellect to know this, and in the case of the resurrection of Jesus, even his disciples had their reservations about His resurrection. Did the disciples not stand in awe when Jesus calmed the storm, recognizing no human thought or command can control the weather, thus realizing there is a deterministic factor in nature? (Mark 4:39) Even the miracles Jesus performed amazed his audience as much as the wisdom expressed in his teaching and they both authenticated each other. A resurrection simply did not fit with their expectations.

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Curious Evidence for the Claimed Resurrection of Jesus

In ancient Jerusalem, families often shared tombs where deceased family and friends were laid on stone shelves. Bodies were “wrapped in grave-cloths along with a significant amount of spices, to offset the smell of putrification, on the usual assumption that other shelves in the cave would be required soon.” [1] Then after a year, the family would return and “collect the bones, fold them reverently and carefully…and place them in an ossuary.” [2] This would count as the second burial and cleared tomb space for future burials.

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ZachariasTrust on Twitter

For Christians around the world, tomorrow will be a day of celebration and remembering the resurrection of Jesus! Why not examine the evidence for yourself today and maybe you'll be celebrating too... http://www.zachariastrust.org/resurrection-hoax-or-history … pic.twitter.com/GkbJfKcW4x

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Biola University on Twitter

It is #Easter Sunday, and Jesus is alive! Today we celebrate the resurrection and our living Savior. pic.twitter.com/7C8xnGD85C

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Easter Fool’s Day

This year, Easter falls on April Fools’ Day, which means that countless sermons will be able to employ some version of the following introduction: “On Easter Sunday, we Christians celebrate the fact that a dead man came back to life. This might seem like the ultimate prank—dead people just don’t climb out of their graves, period—but this year, it turns out, God’s April Fools’ joke is actually true!” (More adventurous preachers might even try reviving the old “fish hook” theory of the atonement. According to that ancient model, in the ultimate April Fools’-style prank, God dupes Satan by enticing him to kill Jesus—only thereby to ensnare the devil and win a victory at his expense.)

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Jesus is Most Marvelous

Rational pre-commitments assist in directing one’s investigation and analysis of the data (as well as its interpretation and communication). This admission is often difficult to get from some atheistic inquirers to acknowledge. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for science, analysis, research and proof? Christian theism delivers the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in rational enquiry and proof; in principle, materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground. What is obligatory to account for analysis and proof is a first principle that has the ontological endowment to not only ground it, but to account for proof and its preconditions—all the universal operational features of knowledge. The loss of the immovable point of reference, in principle, leaves the ungodly bereft of a resource necessary to construct the analytical enterprise required to prove anything. Without God, one cannot hoist the necessary a priori operation features of the intellectual examination of evidence and proof. The Christian worldview supplies the fixed ontic platform as the sufficient truth condition that can justify induction, immutable universals, attributes, identity, and the uniformity of the physical world.

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Does the Old Testament Teach Resurrection Hope?

The Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation all proclaim the blessed hope of our Lord’s return to bring the dead back to life and, in doing so, defeat the last enemy—Death (1 Cor. 15:26). It might seem like resurrection is an exclusively New Testament hope. But it you grab this hope and pull, you’ll find it has roots leading you deep into the Old Testament. God has provided resurrection hope to his people from the beginning. Not everyone affirms resurrection hope in the Old Testament. The Sadducees denied it because they didn’t believe it was taught in the Pentateuch. But Jesus challenged them: “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. . . . As for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God?” (Matt. 22:29, 31). We need to read the Bible like Jesus did. He looked into the pages of the Old Testament and saw a God of life, whose power prevails over the grave. Bodily Resurrection The clearest Old Testament passage about a future bodily resurrection is Daniel 12:2: “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

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The Post Resurrection Behavior of Jesus Eliminates the Possibility of an Imposter

I’ve learned something important from the fraud investigators who have joined our homicide team over the years. Con artists are successful if, and only if, they know more about the focus of their lie, than the people to whom they are lying. If you’re trying to con someone out of money in a phony investment scheme, you better know more about investment businesses than your victims. You’ll need to sound like you know what you’re doing if you want to convince someone to give you their money, and they better not be able to detect your deception. So if someone wanted to con those closest to Jesus into believing that Jesus had actually risen from the dead, he would need to know Jesus (his mannerisms, figures of speech and behaviors) better than the disciples themselves. Who could know Jesus this well? I think it would have to be someone in the inner circle, and this person would have to begin by stealing the body; a difficult feat for a single person. It’s not long before imposter theories turn into theories that Involve co-conspirators, and I’ve written an entire chapter of Cold-Case Christianity to explain why conspiracies are so difficult to execute successfully.

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The Ascension of Jesus

Some suggest that the language of “captives” refers to enemies of God who have been taken against their will—a sort of subjugated death march. A better and more likely understanding is that the “captives” in view are those who were taken captive by the enemies of God, and it is these whom God has come to rescue. That would certainly fit the theme and flow of the psalm more closely, and it would carry the idea of God as not only divine warrior but also divine rescuer. More importantly, this view also seems to accord with what Paul says in Ephesians 4, where he quotes and expounds upon Psalm 68:18. There, Paul explains how Christ fulfills Psalm 68 not simply in His resurrection, but particularly through His ascension (Eph. 4:8–10). Christ conquered sin and death (our great enemies) and led out rescued captives, whom He has not only freed but furnished with gifts. Many have stumbled over the fact that in Psalm 68:18 it says that God “received” gifts from men, but in Ephesians 4:8 Paul says God “gave” gifts to men. Which is it? Both. Those whom God liberated not only gave gifts (themselves being the gifts), but they were also furnished by the Spirit of God with gifts for service in the church and thus became the “gifts” that the resurrected and ascended Christ would give to His church for its building up.

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C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter

Do you believe in the miracle of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ? If so, what are the implications for your life? http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/Reflections_A_New_Mode_of_Being … #CSLI pic.twitter.com/97yzXHnnOL

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C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter

C.S. Lewis explains that it is because of Christ’s resurrection that we have the hope of resurrection. http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/A_New_Chapter_in_Cosmic_History … #CSLI pic.twitter.com/mRSLAq4bq5

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Paul David Tripp on Twitter

If the resurrection of Jesus Christ is not an historical fact, then the new life he said he’s given you, as a result, ceases to be a trustworthy reality.

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Chuck Todd on Twitter

I’m a bit hokey when it comes to “Good Friday.” I don’t mean disrespect to the religious aspect of the day, but I love the idea of reminding folks that any day can become “good,” all it takes is a little selflessness on our own part. Works EVERY time.

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WORLD on Twitter

‘Move on’ to what?: A common response to tragedy says a lot about views on life https://world.wng.org/2018/03/move_on_to_what … @jbcheaney pic.twitter.com/tFEucqe40R

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Easter Life and the Facts of History

And give his life he did, on an unspeakably cruel Roman cross—impaled for all to see before two common criminals. We call this day Good Friday because it was good for us; but it was dreadful for Jesus. Before I became a follower of Christ, I always associated this day with the Alaskan earthquake on Good Friday, 1964, one of the largest ever in North America. I was there in Anchorage. After the death of Jesus, the earth quaked on the first Good Friday as well, heaving with a significance that far exceeds any geological upsurge in world history. As Jesus’ disciple Matthew recounts: “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split” (Matthew 27:50-51). When the guards at the crucifixion experienced the earthquake and the other extraordinary phenomena, “they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’” (v. 54). Yet another miracle was waiting, waiting—as the dead Messiah was pried off his bloody cross, embalmed, and laid in a cold, dark tomb, guarded to the hilt.

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Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: Resurrection Resources

Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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The crucifixion of Jesus is remembered in Jerusalem - Premier Christian Radio

The crucifixion of Jesus was marked in Jerusalem on Good Friday when thousands of Christians attended a service held at a church considered by some believers to be where Jesus died and was buried.

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Eric Haueter on Twitter

@LeeStrobel just finished The Case for Miracles, a book that will be read again and passed along until the pages fall apart.

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The Poached Egg on Twitter

The 3 Most Important Conversations about Easter that Most Sunday Schools and Parents Aren't Having with Kids https://buff.ly/2GlJ9lm  by @Natasha_Crain pic.twitter.com/9Ci004ybxo

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3 Ways Science Supports the Miracle of the Resurrection

In the ancient world, eyewitness testimony and miracles were considered strong evidence to believe the truthfulness of something. When Moses asked Pharaoh to free the Israelites, he performed various signs to prove the power of God (Exod. 7:8–12). Likewise, the apostles argued that their faith was true because God raised Jesus from the dead (1 Cor. 15:14–19). Today, however, people tend not to believe in miracles. They are considered superstitious and impossible, given the supposed greater knowledge of the world we now have through science.

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Hugh Ross on Twitter

For the Sun facular emission and sunspot darkening are especially well-balanced. http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/aaaae3 … pic.twitter.com/gsxCKitWp4

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How the Baptism of Jesus Echoed the Future

The reports of Jesus’s baptism in the Gospels are straightforward: Jesus is baptized by John, the Spirit descends like a dove, the Father announces his pleasure. At the same time, these concise accounts are allusively dense portraits, effulgent with multi-layered Old Testament resonance. As we hear the echoes of Scripture in the baptism of Christ, as we swim in the biblical streams that converge in the Jordan River, we begin to appreciate this revelatory event that looks backward to God’s faithful acts in history as it points forward to Christ’s work at the cross. New Creation In Genesis 1, God forms creation through the waters of chaos as the Spirit hovers—birdlike—over the face of the deep, and God sees it is good. This same nexus of themes emerges, intensified, in the flood account of Genesis 6–9. Creation dies under the chaotic waters of divine judgment and rises again renewed, its blessed recreation confirmed by dove and divine word. Noah leads a remnant through the flood of wrath  and into the new creation, commissioned as head of a new humanity—a second Adam. Jesus too is covered by the waters of judgment.

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The Biggest 'Contradiction' in the Bible

Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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Mikel Del Rosario on Twitter

Is #GoodFriday and Myth? Find out what 5, ancient, non-Christian sources reveal. #apologetics https://buff.ly/2pFbgod  pic.twitter.com/fLSlGTyhrV

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

What is good about Good Friday? Reflections on the substitutionary death and bodily resurrection of Christ @albertmohler #TheBriefing https://sbts.co/2GG3Iw8 

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The Truth About Easter: Is the Resurrection A Late Legend? | Cold Case Christianity

At the age of thirty-five, I was a skeptical detective at a large municipal police agency in Los Angeles County. I was also a committed atheist. I accepted several historical facts about Jesus of Nazareth – that he lived in the first century, preached sermons, was crucified by the Romans, and was buried in a tomb that was eventually found to be empty – but I didn’t believe that any of these facts meant the Resurrection of Jesus was true . I knew there were several ways to explain these basic facts without having to resort to a supernatural explanation. For that reason, I thought the Resurrection of Jesus as a mythological fairy-tale .

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The Crux of Christianity - The Gospel Coalition | Australia

At the heart of the Christian faith is Jesus Christ and the great salvation he has won for us. Christians are not satisfied with a vague and nebulous notion of God or a utopian vision for the human race. We also reject the reduction of our faith to a set of rules or a pattern of moral behaviour. The Christian faith is much more particular than that. It is centred on God’s rescue mission, a mission that makes very clear what God is like and what are his plans for us. This means that at the heart of everything we believe is a particular person and a particular set of events: the person of Jesus Christ and the work he came to do. We know what God is like and we know what God intends for us because Jesus has come and made this clear. The Christian faith is particular. It is centred on God’s rescue mission: a particular person and a particular set of events; the person of Jesus Christ and the work he came to do. Jesus himself went to great lengths to make his disciples aware of why he came. ‘The Son of Man did not come to be served’, he told them, ‘but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many’ (Mk 10:45).

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Do You Have To Believe in an Inerrant Bible to Believe in Jesus and His Resurrection? | @frank_turek https://buff.ly/2uAEvOK  pic.twitter.com/2RcTJlaOGJ

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Sam Haist on Twitter

"The Resurrection revealed a suffering, humiliated man as the Lord of the universe, thereby inscribing defeat and suffering into the definition of what salvation is all about." - @wesleyhill http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/march-web-only/easter-april-fools-divine-prank.html …

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Reasonable Faith on Twitter

Dr. Craig is currently speaking on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus in his last talk at #CongressoJuvep2018 ! https://buff.ly/2GoNsMI  pic.twitter.com/L3FH6c1kKm

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R.C. Sproul Jr. on Twitter

He is born again, as the firstborn of the new Creation. The old has gone; the new has come. The risen Christ is changing everything. My elder Brother, my Redeemer, my Lord.

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Ravi Zacharias on Twitter

Amazing privilege for Margie and me to visit @SJAFB and speak on #GoodFriday as part of the Comprehensive Airmen Fitness initiative focused on the Spiritual Pillar. Thanks for your prayers during our visit here, and join us in reflecting on the death and resurrection of our Lord. pic.twitter.com/4MxjazXezj

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Even on the cloudy days, live like the mountain is out

During the winter months, I tell my children the mountain is hiding because that is how it looks and feels. When friends visit us in the winter months, I point out to them where Mount Rainier is, but for all they can see, there could be the Taj Mahal behind those clouds. Those days feel dark and heavy. That is what makes the coffee shop’s statement so inspiring. Living like the mountain is out is indeed a challenge because it captures the way we all want to live: with a sense of hope and inspiration throughout the day, even on the dark days.

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The Truth About Easter: Did The Disciples Lie About the Resurrection? | Cold Case Christianity

Don’t get me wrong, successful conspiracies occur every day. But if you think you know of one, it’s because it wasn’t successful. When conspiracies are successful, it’s because they involve a small number of incredibly close-knit participants who are in constant communication with one another for a very short period without any outside pressure. That wasn’t the case for the disciples. These men and women were either involved in the greatest (and most unlikely ) conspiracy of all time or were simply eyewitnesses who were telling the truth. For Christians celebrating Easter this year, the latter is by far the most reasonable conclusion .

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Don’t Just ‘Prove’ The Resurrection. Talk About Why It Matters. - The Gospel Coalition | Australia

In my experience most Christians can’t answer this question very well. I suspect that the reason is that they have hardly ever heard it taught. One of the most common answers I’ve heard over the years is that Jesus rose ‘to prove that he is God’. But the Bible never identifies this as the reason, and there was surely ample proof already available for Jesus’ divinity given the number of miracles that he performed in his public ministry.

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Episode 458: Brian Houston // There is More: Living with Expectancy

On this episode of the Catalyst podcast, Tyler Reagin sits down with Brian Houston for a conversation about how we can achieve an enduring impact when we surrender our plans to God and trust that He will maximize the gifts he has given us for His Kingdom and His glory.

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The Empty Tomb and the Resurrected Lord

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Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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Holy Saturday: Living in Limbo

I think of how the Psalmist said “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lower parts of the earth.” (Psalm 139:15) By the word “secret” I assume this to be speaking about being made in the womb. Jesus did indeed descend into the lower parts of the earth by his conception in Mary. I trust also, that he being the light of the world, even before he was manifest in the flesh, he did indeed preach to sinners, those imprisoned by their deeds, even in the days of Noah. He certainly may have done something like that after his death on the cross, though I can’t seem to well imagine how that went, or would have gone. Maybe someone else knows and can explain that better than I. I was thinking about how people get 3 days and 3 nights from Friday to Sunday morning, and I considered the possibility that the counting of the 3 days and 3 nights might have began a bit sooner than from his death on the cross, if indeed it was Friday, and his resurrection was indeed on Sunday morning. I am just now considering that as a possibility.

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The Final Week of Jesus: Saturday (April 4, AD 33)

Each day this week I’ll post a video on what happened during the original Easter week of April, AD 33. The video above is the entry for Saturday.

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When You Hear Sexual Misconduct Allegations About Your Pastor

Wilhoit joined associate digital media producer Morgan Lee and editor in chief Mark Galli to discuss why pastors commit sexual sin, when congregations should know about allegations against ministry leaders, and how the expectations of the modern pastorate may make it hard for a pastor to maintain a grounded spiritual life.

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As John and Ed proclaim on today's program, “The Lord is risen!” is not merely a statement of personal belief, it’s a public announcement of the most significant event in the history of the universe: The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the God-man. http://bit.ly/2E9CRDe  pic.twitter.com/weDFvbxiFT

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