Tuesday, Oct 17th

Last update05:44:07 AM

You are here: Home LIFESTYLE From The Pulpit Infallible proofs of Jesus’ resurrection (II)

Infallible proofs of Jesus’ resurrection (II)

I started this message last week and I promised to begin today to show you infallible proofs that Jesus resurrected from the dead contrary to the propaganda of the religious leaders of his day, a lie that has persisted till today. If you missed the first series, please ask your vendor to get you a copy.

From the Scripture there are undeniable proofs – pieces of evidence – that Jesus resurrected but anyone in this generation who is not satisfied with these proofs is not different from those who even saw Jesus physically after resurrection but still doubted. Jesus died and rose from the dead, and that is the truth. You had better believe it. Paul said, “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel.” (2 Tim 2:8 NKJV) Let not your own gospel contradict or doubt the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus rose from the dead and left proofs for us – he didn’t disappear into thin air; he showed himself to people. “The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,   to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. “ (Acts 1:1-3 NKJV)  Please take note of that phrase “infallible proofs.”

The undeniable proofs

I’ll like to highlight these undeniable proofs but before then let’s hear the testimony of Paul who actually talked about some of these proofs. “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.” (1 Cor 15:3-8 NKJV)

 

     What are these proofs? 

•The testimony of Jesus himself before his death. He spoke about his resurrection even before his death. “And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, ‘The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.’” (Luke 9:22 NKJV)

It appeared that even the religious leaders paid more attention to what Jesus said about his resurrection than even the disciples. Funny enough, there appeared not to be anything to suggest that the disciples were expecting Jesus to rise from the grave despite what he had told them in this disregard.  

Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to the grave to anoint Jesus’ dead body with spices when they discovered that he had risen. (Mark 16:1-11) They prepared themselves to anoint a dead Jesus not to see a resurrected Jesus! They were amazed and afraid at their discovery of Jesus’ resurrection. (Verse 8)  They ran to alert Peter who also ran to the grave in disbelief. If they were expecting Jesus to resurrect as he had said, why should they be surprised?

•Bible prophecy. The Bible prophesied his resurrection even before he was born. Ps 16:10 says, “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” (NKJV) David prophesied this, and it was made reference to in Acts 2:27. Peter, in his sermon, proved that David wasn’t talking about himself but was talking about Jesus. Peter said, “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,   he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.” (Acts 2:29-33 NKJV)

Please note that David’s prophecy came several years before Jesus’ resurrection took place. Prophecy is history in advance! And it came to pass.

•Those in the early church were convinced Jesus resurrected and they preached it to counter the propaganda and lies that he didn’t resurrect. Acts 4:1-4 says, “Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.  And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.   However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.” (NKJV) The Sadducees did not believe in bodily resurrection so they arrested Peter and John. But that didn’t stop the disciples. Acts 4:33 says, “And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.” (NKJV)  They continued to proclaim this truth to the discomfort of the religious leaders especially those who had conspired to kill Jesus. 

At Athens, Paul was described as “a proclaimer of foreign gods, because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection.” (Acts 17:18 NKJV) Paul was unapologetic about the message of the resurrection of Christ. He said, “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.” (1 Cor 15:12-14 NKJV) He was unequivocal in rubbishing the lies being spread in his generation against the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. He said in Phil 3:10-11, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (NKJV)  If Jesus didn’t resurrect, Peter, Paul and the rest apostles wouldn’t have preached his resurrection at the risk of their lives. Jesus rose from the dead, and that is my gospel! Anything to the contrary is a lie.

•The empty tomb. The four gospels record the empty tomb of Jesus. Jewish leaders admitted it but tried to cover it up that his body was stolen while the guards were sleeping! Roman soldiers – all of them sleeping on duty! Unimaginable! (Matt 28:11-15) That was a cock and bull story. But as I said earlier, if they were sleeping, how did they know his disciples stole his body? But in a way, the words of the Jewish leaders support the evidence of an empty tomb. Their lies of the body of Jesus being stolen do not hold water. Jesus rose from the dead, Hallelujah! 

Glory be to the Lord! I’m going to stop here today and continue this message next week. Be a believer; don’t be a doubter. Jesus is alive forever more. Glory!

 

TAKE ACTION!

If you’re not born again, kindly say this prayer now: “O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent and confess my sins. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God.” 

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible believing, Bible teaching church in your area where you will be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things becoming all God wants you to be. I’ll be glad to hear from you. May the Lord be with you.

 

BACKPAGE COLUMN

OPINION

CUISINE

FEATURES

FROM THE PULPIT

BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS