"The resurrection of Jesus is the pinnacle of our faith. Our faith rises and falls on the resurrection."
- Just name three or four evidences for the resurrection and what you can stake your faith on.
- Describe how the resurrection of Christ gives you hope.
00:14 My favorite possession, out of everything that I own is this little book right here. It follows me everywhere I go in my hip pocket. It'd been carrying it for decades, made it out of Pigskin, from Tandy leather company. It is just a little New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs in there, and I love this book. But the pinnacle of this book, the absolute central focus of this book, spotlights on this verse that we're looking at today. It's in First Corinthians Chapter 15, starting in verse 3. This is what it's all about. Paul says this, "for what I received, I passed on to you as a first importance, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day, according to the scriptures, that he appeared to Peter. And then to the Twelve; after that, he appeared to more than 500 of the brothers at the same time [most of whom were still living when he wrote that, and some have fallen asleep]. Then he appeared to James then to all the apostles. And last of all, he appeared to me also as one abnormally born."
01:23 The resurrection of Jesus is the pinnacle of our faith. Our faith rises and falls on the resurrection. And I am absolutely certain that the resurrection is the most historically proven fact in all of classical literature because there are six or seven evidences of the resurrection that you can stake your life on. One, the man was crucified according to Roman law and was dead at the crucifixion. Two Roman coroners, according to Roman law, would examine the lifeless body after he'd been dragged down off the cross, they would sign his death certificate, and if they were incorrect in their assessment of his death, they'd be crucified for their mistakes. So he was dead. Secondly, he was buried in a private grave of Joseph of Aramathea. Thirdly, he was wrapped according to Jewish custom in a cloth and about a hundred pounds of spices and then mummified for his burial.
02:23 Then a very large stone was rolled against the tomb, and scientific studies have been done of that stone. It was one and a half to two tons in size a stone that 20 men couldn't have moved. It was a sealed with the Roman seal according to Roman law, with two leather straps at a clay pack with a seal of Rome in anyone who broke the Roman seal, according to Roman Law, would be crucified for breaking the seal. And, and then it was guarded with either the room and guard, which was a guard of 12 to 16 highly trained men, trained to fend to a piece of ground against an entire invading army, or it was guarded by the Jewish Temple Guard that, the penalty if any one of the Jewish Temple Guard went to sleep, they were all burned alive in a fire started with their own clothing.
03:14 Something happened in that tomb on Sunday morning; something happened that turned 11 cowards into heroes. 10 of the 11 died martyr's deaths. Something happened on a Sunday morning that changed the world. And the only possible scientific and historical explanation is the resurrection of Jesus. Men and women, Jesus is alive. And he is absolutely, certainly the man he claimed to be - Son of God, Son of man, Messiah. You can stake your eternity on it. And here's the questions today. After what we talked about today, just name three or four evidences for the resurrection and what you can stake your faith on. And then, in just a few words with whoever you're watching this devotional with, describe how the resurrection of Christ gives you hope. And here's the lifeline for the day. If you were the defendant in this case, and it was a legal case and you are trying to prove the resurrection was false, what would you do to prove it was false? And there's somebody else that can defend the resurrection and tell you why they know scientifically the resurrection was absolutely a fact.