Resurrection Reasons – Sat – 23-04-15

The fictional detective Sherlock Holmes once said, “When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

This week, we have examined the scene at the empty tomb of Jesus. Only three possibilities exist. First, Jesus didn’t die and escaped. The evidence refutes this theory with numerous facts. The second possibility is someone took the body from the tomb. However, the enemies of Jesus wanted the body present and placed a guard and a seal on the tomb. Jesus’ disciples couldn’t steal the body because of the guard. And the sealed tomb kept the guards from stealing the body.

Today, we look at a final fact that refutes the theory the disciples took the body. Look at the change in their behavior. They fled at Jesus’ arrest and cowered in discouragement after his death. But after Sunday, they boldly proclaimed Jesus in the face of persecution. Hauled before the authorities who forbade their preaching, Acts 5:29-30 says, ‘Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead–whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.’ (NIV 1984) These men eventually died for their faith. Would they die for a lie? Would stealing the body cause this change in their behavior? No. We are left with only one possibility. Jesus rose from the dead.

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