However, the apostles were not the only ones who saw the risen Jesus. "Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - they all recount Jesus' earliest women followers finding the empty tomb," Morrow said. Cleopas and another disciple on the road to Emmaus. Well, to have 500 people have the same hallucination would be 500 miracles equal to the Resurrection.". 9:1, 15:8; Acts 9:1-6; 22:3-16, 26:12-18, Fell to the ground and said, “Who art Thou Lord?”, [See, Norman Geisler, The Battle for the Resurrection, pg. (Zondervan,1958), Lee Strobel, The Case for Easter: Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection (Zondervan, 2004), Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress, Cleopas and another disciple on the road to, Jesus’ wounds seen; may have eaten food (, The apostle Paul made this claim to people living in, Notwithstanding the fact the apostle Paul knew his claims could be and most probably would be investigated, he stated he was passing on the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection as a matter of “first importance” (, In response to the assertion that the resurrection best explains the multiple post-crucifixion appearances of Jesus, skeptics offer a variety of alternative explanations to attempt to explain away the appearances. And if the disciples were making up Jesus' Resurrection, would they have lived and died for Him and a fiction they themselves made up? They also believe the Bible. Proponents say that explains His many appearances after His supposed death. If the resurrection of Jesus is just a fairy tale that can provide us with some moral inspiration and encouragement, then he doesn’t need to concern himself with the historicity of the resurrection and it’s over 500 witnesses. Growing in faith opens us to challenge. Jehovah’s Witnesses will use I Peter 3:18 in explaining the resurrection. (John 11:47) Also, many people went to visit Lazarus, and as a result, they started to believe that Jesus had been sent by God. Thought He was embarrassing the family. You've got the people who were there to cross-check whatever message is being put out there. Prophets call us to love God, neighbor. "You're talking about over 5,800 Greek manuscripts, over 8,000 Latin manuscripts. OVER 500 WITNESSES Several very important factors arc often overlooked when considering Christ's post-resurrection appearances to individuals. You've got this idea that 'there are witnesses; go investigate them. Mary didn’t recognize Jesus until he spoke her name then she clung to him. Paul's encounter with Jesus came just two or three years after Christ's death and Resurrection, and not long after that, he interviewed Peter, James, and John. They had the ring of truth to them.". [See, Kenneth Boa & Robert Bowman, 20 Compelling Evidences that God Exists, pg. ", Morrow added, "Christians don't believe that Jesus rose from the dead because the Bible says so. — Introduction and Summary, Hugh Ross, Ph.D. — Scientist Becomes a Christian after Finding the Bible More Reliable than Laws of Physics | Facts and Faith, Just-Right Design of Planet Earth | Facts and Faith, Evidence for the Existence for God from a Beginning — God’s Existence Best Explains the Universe Coming into Existence, Just-Right Design of the Milky Way Galaxy | Facts and Faith, Evidence for the Existence of God from the Design Scientists Observe in the Universe — Introduction and Summary, God’s Existence Best Explains Why Anything Exists — An Argument for the Necessity of an Uncaused First Cause. Some suggest that the apostles all lied in a vast conspiracy to turn the deficit of Jesus' death into the positive of a risen Lord. Whether you believe that or not, something took. Some doubters try to do away with all the post-Resurrection appearances by saying those who thought they were seeing, talking to and touching Jesus were all hallucinating, even the 500 Paul discussed in I Corinthians. Bock imagined being with the disciples plotting how they'll push a false Resurrection. Jesus showed witnesses the scars from his crucifixion on two occasions and ate food with his disciples 3 – 4 times. There is a cloud of witnesses in latter days, as in the 40-day period following the Resurrection. A Christian-hater to a Christian-lover. What the Jehovah’s Witnesses miss is that after His resurrection Jesus said, “Touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have,” (Luke 24:39). Stay informed with the latest from CBN News delivered to your inbox. And our critical scholars will grant us Paul being that eyewitness.". Jesus’ Resurrection. Most books that we work with in the ancient world have maybe at best a dozen manuscripts.". What Would Cause Such Radical Transformations? (Also read Acts 3:15,4:33, 10:39-41.) The Resurrection Debate, pg. He was holding the coats when people were killing the first Christians. Also available on most smart TVs and streaming services. As he put it, "So the main thing is just explaining how someone like a Saul who becomes Paul even exists. The writer explained, "Here's the key: what is a hallucination? For instance, Strobel makes much of the fact that there are over 5,000 Greek manuscripts of the New Testament in existence, far more than any other ancient writings. "In I Corinthians 15, he goes 'Look, I met with them again and they added nothing to my gospel. However, as set forth in the linked-articles below, Christian apologists maintain none of the alternative explanations are rationally compelling because none of the explanations adequately explain the totality of the evidence in the historical record: Since there are good reasons to believe God exists (more>>) and, therefore, could have supernaturally raised Jesus from the dead, and since none of the proffered alternative explanations adequately explain the historically documented accounts of Jesus being seen alive by multiple eyewitnesses after he had been crucified and buried, Christian apologists maintain it is reasonable to look for an explanation that does adequately explain all of the historical evidence, including the explanation that God supernaturally raised Jesus from the dead. He explained, "Right now you can almost say every single reference in the Book of Acts has already been verified through archaeology: 600 some references to kings, people, places, everything. That there was an empty tomb three days after Jesus's body had been placed in it, though it had been constantly guarded by Roman soldiers; Jesus appeared to hundreds of people in numerous places for almost seven weeks after His crucifixion; And something huge did happen to suddenly and forever turn all the cowering, cowardly disciples into bold believers, proclaiming a risen Messiah they were willing to be tortured and die for. [Ankerberg & Weldon, Ready With an Answer, pgs. If He could do that before the resurrection, how much more can we see it after the resurrection. The fact is, we have far more sources for Jesus of Nazareth than we do for many historical figures in the first century. So the reason the story is this way is because it must be grounded in what happened. There are 4 opinions on this “500 witnesses event”: Never Happened: Liberal scholars say that Saint Paul made this up to make it sound like there were plenty of witnesses to the resurrection. xiv (New York Harper & Row, 1987)]. Everyday events can be extraordinary. Speaking of miracles, Morrow called on people to not dismiss them as casually as most folks do these days. Not Smart to Lie Where Everyone Knows You're Lying. "He went from city to city casting his vote to have them imprisoned and executed. ", McDowell said of such eyewitness testimony, "I put a lot of weight on this. Thus we see them testifying, time and time again, to the fact they were eyewitnesses of His resurrection. Beginning Of Salvation Contemporary Witness To Christ. and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. This is why no two people ever have the same hallucination. xiv (New York Harper & Row, 1987)]. They rejoiced after Jesus showed him his hands and feet. ", Biblical expert Bock flat-out stated, "These books are the best-attested pieces of ancient literature we possess. You saw Jesus do this; you heard Him do this.' But if these guards were asleep, how would they know it was the disciples? We are committed to delivering quality independent Christian journalism you can trust. But just a few weeks later Morrow pointed out Peter went from hiding away, fearful the Jewish leaders might have him killed as well, to boldly preaching salvation through Christ before a crowd of thousands, including some who sought Jesus' death. The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 15 suggested doubters go talk to them. Morrow explained, "You see Peter with this radical transformation, going from coward to this courageous champion who's saying 'Look, here I stand, this is what I'm saying, this is what's true. Some suggest the female disciples who first found the empty tomb might have just had the wrong one, and the other disciples took advantage of that, concocting a Resurrection myth to explain the empty tomb. Some theorize that Jesus didn't die on the cross but just went into a death-like state that fooled everyone who checked His body. In response to the assertion that the resurrection best explains the multiple post-crucifixion appearances of Jesus, skeptics offer a variety of alternative explanations to attempt to explain away the appearances. Jesus is our Passover in the Eucharist. Christianity's core belief is that the Son of God took on human form, died for our sins and then rose from the dead to give us eternal life. That's what they all wanted. Because if it's at least possible that God exists, then miracles become possible," he insisted. The first is the large number of witnesses of Christ after that resurrection morning. And we have that in the Scriptures. But he insisted, "You'd never make up a story that way. PST700_The_Resurrection_is_True_AM_v1_HD1080_5.833_444, Why You Can Believe the Resurrection is True. The Gospel of John presents the apostles after Jesus’ resurrection as getting on with their lives, even after he had appeared to them, in as normal a way as one could expect. © 2021 The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc., A nonprofit 501 (c)(3) Charitable Organization. He told CBN News, "Investigating the Resurrection is a historical question that you can do with eyes wide open; it's not a blind faith kind of thing, like believing in the Easter Bunny or a lucky rabbit's foot. Matthew 28 points out the Jewish leaders bribed the tomb's guards to say they'd fallen asleep and the disciples then stole Jesus' body. And then he became a Christian. 15:3). God is everywhere—even in the news. Watch below: Christians: If Jesus Is Dead, So Is Your Religion. For some people, they might be ready to believe the Bible is legitimate, but they have a hard time believing Jesus Christ could have actually risen from the dead. So, Christianity hangs on the Resurrection. The problem with that, as far as Morrow is concerned, is that everything hangs on that fact. What this doesn't explain is how in a near-death state and with exceedingly crippling wounds, He could work His way out of tightly-wrapped, glued-on burial garments and then roll away the massively heavy stone sealed onto the tomb by the Romans. Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Let … One of the earliest records of Christ's appearing after the resurrection … Well, they had the same question in the New Testament times. And the fact that all four (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) say it happened just gives it that much stronger evidence that it actually did happen.". ", Morrow said, "That would have been an embarrassing detail you would have never led with UNLESS it actually happened. ", Morrow added, "One of the fascinating things about New Testament manuscripts: We have over 5,700 Greek manuscripts alone. Jesus’s post-resurrection appearance to Paul is described in detail in Acts 9:1–19; 22:6–16; and 26:12–23. The first century Jews believed women were second-class citizens. The post-resurrection appearances of Jesus are the reported earthly appearances of Jesus to his followers after his death and burial. You crucified this guy, but this is what He offered.' Paul's encounter with Jesus came just two or three years after Christ's death and Resurrection, and not long after that, he interviewed Peter, James, and … "In the first century, where a woman's testimony would have been about the level just above a slave, that would not be your best foot forward.". The Psalms are a school of prayer for us. And Paul is probably our earliest and best witness to that. How is He Different than Us? ", CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW YOU CAN FIND PEACE WITH GOD. We have at least 18. According to the historical record, after Jesus’ death on the cross and his subsequent burial in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea, he appeared alive to more than 500 people, on twelve (12) separate occasions. Just like historians put great weight on eyewitness testimony, they also give more respect to early historical writings done close to the events they discuss. As summarized in the chart below, on all twelve (12) occasions Jesus was seen and he was probably heard. Luke’s insistence on recording the incident in detail three times in Acts highlights the importan… ), Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? Such Bible experts say that to dismiss the Resurrection, any theory you come up with to explain the historical happenings has to explain away three historical facts: Top biblical experts point out all the holes in these and other anti-Resurrection theories. 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David Perdue Forced to Quarantine After COVID Exposure Just Days Before Crucial Senate Runoff Vote, Joel Osteen's Online Easter Service Will Include Kanye West, Mariah Carey and Tyler Perry», «High-Risk COVID-19 Patients Show 100% Chance of Survival After New Israeli Medical Treatment. The resurrection of Jesus, or anastasis, is the Christian belief that God raised Jesus on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as first of the dead, starting his exalted life as Christ and Lord. Greatest Murderer Turned to Greatest Missionary, "Saul of Tarsus was anything but a follower who believed in Jesus," McDowell said. We were there.' The central message of Christianity is the historical event of Jesus Christ resurrection from the grave. 141 (1984); Norman Giesler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, pg. And the more people who are involved, and the more people who saw the event, you multiply your chances of the story getting out. 251-252 (2002)]. 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