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Resurrection

Garden TombJesus death and resurrection were affirmations and proofs of his deity and encouragement for all his disciples. Jesus rose again from death after dying on the cross. Jesus predicted this to his disciples when he was recorded as saying in Matthew 20.28, "the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Paul On Jesus Death

Saint Paul sought to prove the case for Jesus death and resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15.12-15, "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. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised."

Needed Resurrection

The hope of the resurrection was a reality for all born-again believers. Saint Paul then added, "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. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised."

Proofs of Death

Dr Scott Munger of Biblica who was a former agnostic who came to faith in Christ wrote of the proofs of the death of Jesus,

*Severe physical damage was inflicted upon Jesus body
* Jesus was whipped, beaten, and crucified by Roman soldiers, who had done this before.
* Soldiers stuck him in the side with a spear.
* Water and blood came out of the wound in his side indicating severe internal damage.
* Despite agonizing torture and great loss of bodily fluids, He had nothing to drink for many hours.
* The soldiers checked the bodies on the three crosses and didn't break Jesus legs because they believed he was already dead.
* Those who buried Jesus body wrapped it in tight cloths. They had seen dead bodies before.
* He was put in a cold rock tomb sealed with a heavy stone and guarded by soldiers.

As Prophesied

Taken together these treatments would kill a person. Surviving such treatment would require a miracle. Though Jesus had performed many miracles upon others, He never spoke about escaping death. On the contrary, He said he came to die and would certainly be killed.

Testimonies

The testimonies about Jesus death are consistently strong,

* The soldiers who crucified him believed he had died. They knew death when they saw it.
* Pilate was convinced that Jesus had died.
* The historical accounts of Mathew, John, and Mark state that He died.
* A physician and proven historian, Luke, interviewed many people and wrote about Jesus and His death.
* The other disciples and followers of Jesus believed that he had died.
* First and second century secular writers like Tacitus and Josephus also spoke of Jesus death.✞

First Fruits

First FruitsSaint Paul argued that Jesus had truly died and then rose from the dead. He concluded in 1 Corinthians 15.20-23, "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn, Christ, the first fruits, then, when he comes, those who belong to him." Saint Paul was here stating that just as Adam died so must all human beings die too. But just as Jesus rose from the dead then all disciples of Jesus will also rise to be with their Lord for ever in Heaven. What a wonderful thought this is!✞

"Jesus Death"
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by Ron Meacock

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