Evidence of resurrection is insurmountable

Ministerial Association By Jim Squires
Sunday, April 4, 2021
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The gospel writer John speaks to the philosophers of old, and to men and women of all ages when he opens his gospel with these words: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. John 1:1-4 NIV

John goes on to write: He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:10-14

Do we have assurance that John’s words are true and accurate? What evidence is there?

In the remaining chapters of John’s gospel, he tells of miraculous events that Jesus did, what eyewitnesses saw and the opposition that came from those in position of authority in the Jewish hierarchy.

Jesus was a true threat to their positions of leadership in the Jewish nation. His popularity was great.

Luke 20:19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people. 20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.

We know the story of Judas’ betrayal, the arrest, the night of His seizure and the appearances before being brought before the Sanhedrin. We know the details of the brutal treatment and abuse before He was nailed to a cross along with two others.

These details are horrifying if we pause to reflect on the actual events. The pain, agony, heartbreak, and the apparent triumph of evil over good.

Then comes a seemingly incredible account of His resurrection. The very touching scene with Mary in John 20:15 “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

We have a record of the people, events, even written history by other writers. The validity of the eyewitnesses who were willing to face persecution, even death is irrefutable. The apostle Paul spoke openly and directly to accusations about the impossibility of resurrection from the dead in 1 Corinthians 15.

The evidence of Christ’s resurrection is insurmountable. How we process the information speaks to our character. God’s grace is more than abundant.

John 12:47 “As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. 49 For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So, whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

Jim Squires preaches at the Church of Christ in Glendive. He can be reached at csquires@midrivers.com.