Jesus' crucifixion has been the basis for prophecy and tradition outside the New Testament. Knowing the truth about the crucifixion will help us discern the veracity of other sources.
Day One: Hebrew Scriptures
Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, the promise of a Messiah is clearly given. These messianic prophecies were made hundreds, sometimes thousands of years before Jesus Christ was born...
For more, see: "The History of Jews, Jesus, and Christians"
Day Two: The "Suffering Servant"
Perhaps the greatest of all Messianic prophecies in the Tanakh (the Hebrew Scriptures / the Old Testament) concerning the advent of the Jewish Messiah is found in the 53rd chapter of the prophet Isaiah...
For more, see: "The Suffering Servant"
Day Three: The Gospel Accounts
The events surrounding Jesus' resurrection can be difficult to piece together. We must remember two things: first, the news of Jesus' resurrection produced much excitement in Jerusalem, and in the ensuing chaos many people were going many different directions...
For more, see: "Can the Gospels be trusted?"
Day Four: Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Via Dolorosa, is a narration of the final hours in the life of Jesus Christ on earth that continues to provide spiritual conviction for every Christian and application to our lives...
Day Five: "He is Risen!"
A traditional Easter greeting in the Western church is the exclamation "He is risen!" and the traditional response is "He is risen, indeed!" The words are sometimes accompanied by the exchange of three kisses on alternate cheeks...
For more, see: "Christ is Risen!"
Day Six: The Family Tomb
In 1980, in Talpiot (a suburb of Jerusalem), Israel, a construction crew unearthed an ancient tomb. Inside the tomb was discovered ten (or nine) ossuaries (burial bone boxes). Inscribed on these bone boxes were names...
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