Guest Pastor Larry Borgelt - The Resurrection is Not a Hoax!
The Resurrection is Not a Hoax!
“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile.”
(1 Cor. 15:17)
There are non-biblical sources that confirm Jesus at least died.
1. Flavius Josephus,
a Jewish historian who lived in the first century.
2. Lee Strobel,
a former atheist.
The news of Jesus’ resurrection spread too quickly to be a legend.
“They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.”
“….beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
“A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him (Peter). Some of them asked, ‘What is this babbler trying to say?’ Others remarked, ‘He seems to be advocating foreign gods.’ They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.”
The tomb of Jesus was empty.
“When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’ If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble. So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated……”
We have eyewitness accounts of people seeing Jesus alive after His death.
The earliest disciples died for their claim of a resurrected Jesus.
I Corinthians 15:12-14
“But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”
1 Peter 1:3
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
HYMN: I Know That My Redeemer Lives
I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever-living head.
He lives triumphant from the grave;
He lives eternally to save;
He lives all-glorious in the sky;
He lives exalted there on high.
He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.
He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same;
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives;
I know that my Redeemer lives!
Jesus is the Son of God and our Risen Lord and Savior!!