Several Biblical scholars say the Resurrection of Jesus did happen, according to an article in the Christian Post, today, Sunday, April 13. While many nonbelievers around the world have no problem conceding Jesus existed as a historical figure, they have a heard time with the fact he was resurrected from the dead and ascended into heaven.
Joe McKeever said in his article that Paul lists the most complete list of Jesus' appearances after he rose from the dead in the 15th chapter of l Corinthians in the New Testament. Included in this list are his meetings with Peter, then the 12 disciples, a group of 500 believers, then to James, next to all the apostles and finally to Paul himself.
Paul modestly refers to himself as "the least of the apostles" because in his early days he persecuted the church of God. He further says. "For Christ has indeed been raised from the dead."
With 514 witnesses to his being alive after being crucificed, that is far more evidence than would be needed to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt in a courtroom in the United States today.
Bill Ellis wrote in his article for Crossmap today that, "The story of Easter Sunday is that it authenticates and validates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and gives solid hope and faith in anticipating our own resurrection.."
He further wrote, "The resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, is the most cherished and also the most authenticated fact of all history. After his resurrection, Jesus was seen by one man, then 12, than 500 all at once, all the apostles and finally Paul, the Apostle."
Rick Warren wrote for Christian Broadcast Network, "What's so important about Easter? It's important because it proved Jesus was who he claimed to be. He was God in the flesh and he came to earth to save us."
Warren, the founder and pastor of Saddleback Church, further wrote, "Every time you write a date, you're using the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the focal point."
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