By Steve Allred
If I were to tell you that someone I knew had been raised from the dead, you’d think I was crazy. Yet, over the centuries, countless people have believed that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead over 2,000 years ago. Why have so many believed in this seemingly impossible miracle? And, most importantly, how do we know that the Gospel writers were telling the truth about the resurrection of Jesus—the founding doctrine of the Christian Church?
In the first century ad, Jews believed the Messiah would command an army and overthrow their Roman oppressors. Jesus’ 12 disciples subscribed to this popular teaching. So, when Jesus was crucified, their hopes were dashed, and they had serious doubts that Jesus was the promised Messiah. But the Gospel writers all agree that something miraculous happened three days later: Jesus rose from the dead! This event solidified the
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Josh McDowell, The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1999), p. 250.
Timothy Keller, The Reason for God, (New York: Penguin Books, 2008), p. 212.
Norman L. Geisler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999), p. 381.
Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008), p. 248.
Josephus, Complete Works of Flavius Josephus, (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1960), p. 423.
See note 4.
Ibid, p. 253.