If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. - Romans 8:11
I've been pondering the proof that Jesus was raised from the dead since my devotion yesterday. It brings confidence to let those thoughts settle in, and use them to fight the flesh that wants to tell me it was a lie. So, I thought I would continue to dwell here for a few days.
We know from several historical documents outside of the Bible that Jesus did, in fact, live. Historians and scholars alike do not deny these facts. The non-secular transcripts of historical record they use from that time speak of the man, Jesus. So, in order to be confident of the existence of Jesus, one does not need to believe that the Bible is the written word of God, or that it's even trustworthy. There is historical evidence that He existed in multiple documents from that day.
What's remarkable is that these documents mention a few things that support the resurrection - they confirm the empty tomb, the appearances of Jesus, and the growing church after Jesus' death. While these documents don't necessarily confirm that the resurrection happened, scholars and historians of the time do agree each of these things happened.
In other words, everyone agrees the tomb was empty. But how does that prove he was resurrected? If the tomb was empty, what was the cause? Who took His body? It could have only been the Romans or the Jews. The Romans wouldn't have taken the body because they wanted to disprove that He was the Messiah. A missing body meant that He was the Messiah, so they were all about keeping the body in the tomb. In fact, the Roman soldiers who were guarding His body were under order of death - if anyone went in or out of the tomb, they would have been killed. This is part of the historical record as well - if they could have stopped anyone from entering the tomb and stealing the body, they would have.
Another theory was that his disciples stole His body to prove He was the Messiah. This doesn't make sense either. At the time, Jews who believed Jesus was the Messiah were beaten, killed, and persecuted. Why would someone choose to risk being beaten, killed, or persecuted just to prove that Jesus was the Messiah if He wasn't? Who would volunteer for torture just to be able to prove to others that Jesus was King. That theory just doesn't make any sense.
Scholars and historians of this time all agree that both the Jewish or the Romans did not take His body - that is not in question. His body was not in the tomb according to historians, and they know the Romans or the Jews did not take His body. The only explanation that the historians of the time have settled on is that it is a mystery. For me, the mystery is the resurrection of my King.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
Popular posts from this blog
I am a believer in Christ, and I have breast cancer. On August 17, 2017, I was diagnosed with an aggressive (HER2+), recurrent (hormone negative) type of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. At this point, they have not yet staged my cancer because they are waiting for the biopsy results from a suspicious spot in the second breast. The biopsy is scheduled for September 5th, with a lumpectomy to follow on September 7th. They will formally stage my cancer after they biopsy my lymph nodes, which will be taken during the surgery. It doesn't make any sense to me that I have a cancer diagnosis - I am a fairly healthy woman who runs 2 miles almost every day and eats a gluten-free, primarily paleo diet, with no family history at all. But it makes sense to God, and so here I am. Update ~ They found 4 isolated invasions during the lumpectomy. Due to the nature of my cancer (HER2+ and ER-), the recommended protocol is chemotherapy and radiation. Beginning in October, my chemotherapy regime
When we launched our new blog we had no idea if anyone would see it or be helped by it, but we knew that the LORD was prompting us to step out in faith and just do it. The response has been amazing and we are looking forward to how God will use this space for His glory. We have learned over many years of service in a variety of ministries, that God does not require human assistance to realize His plans for individuals, churches, nations, or the human race. But the story of the bible is the story of God’s will playing out through the words and actions of the His children. So…we pray, meditate on his Word, and write from the heart about the truths that mold our faith, guide our actions, and inspire our hearts and minds. Please visit the site and subscribe to continue receiving posts. https://graceinmarriage.com/ It is our sincere hope that you are blessed by our work here and welcome your input on how we can make Grace in Marriage even better. Thank you for your support.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. - Psalm 73:25-26 What believer would not want to experience the kind deep devotion to God found in these verses? This kind of loyal commitment is the desire of every person of faith....yet it eludes so many of us. If you've been a believer for long, you know there are times it does not come easy. There is a great price involved in reaching the kind of faith found in these verses. This level of commitment is only achieved through fierce struggle. The battle between Spirit and flesh is constant, but it is in the battle that we are strengthened when we choose to lean in and trust God, to turn to Him for our strength in the battle, and to keep our eyes fixed on Him despite what the world throws at us. Asaph wrote these words only after a difficult and confusing crisis of faith. He was tempted to com