The Resurrection

Jesus' resurrection is proof that God accepted His sacrifice for our sins. Defending the truth of the resurrection is imperative for spreading the gospel.

Day One: The Truth
Scripture presents conclusive evidence that Jesus Christ was in fact resurrected from the dead. Christ's resurrection is recorded in Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-53; and John 20:121:25. The resurrected Christ also appeared in the Book of Acts...
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For more, see: "Why is the truth of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ so important?"

Day Two: Believing the Truth
It is a fairly well-established fact that Jesus Christ was publicly executed in Judea in the 1st Century A.D., under Pontius Pilate, by means of crucifixion, at the behest of the Jewish Sanhedrin...
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For more, see: "Why does it matter that Jesus rose from the dead?"

Day Three: The Empty Tomb
From the earliest apostolic period, the reality of the empty tomb—the biblical truth that the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth was found empty by His disciples—has been at the center of the Christian proclamation...
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For more, see: "Jesus: Dead and Buried — and Raised"

Day Four: Who resurrected Jesus?
In Acts 2:24, Peter says that "God raised [Jesus] from the dead." Romans 1:4 (and possibly 1 Peter 3:18) seems to say that the Spirit raised Jesus from the dead. And in John 2:19 Jesus predicts that He will raise Himself from the dead...
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For more, see: "The Resurrection of Jesus: A Miracle in One of Three Ways"

Day Five: The Swoon Theory
The Swoon Theory is the belief that Jesus didn't really die at His crucifixion, but was merely unconscious when He was laid in the tomb and there He resuscitated. Accordingly, His appearances after three days in the tomb were merely perceived to be resurrection appearances...
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For more, see: "Evidence of the Resurrection"

Day Six: Mary and Thomas
Jesus tells Mary, "Touch Me not" (John 20:17, KJV); but then later, speaking to Thomas, He says, "Reach hither thy finger and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side"...
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Day Seven: Recognition
The Bible does not specifically tell us why the followers of Christ did not always recognize Jesus after His resurrection. As a result, some of the following is speculation. Keeping this in mind, there are a few things that might have contributed to the disciples not recognizing Jesus...
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Published 11-9-16