Greetings In The Name of the Lord:
Acts 2:32 (NLT)
32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this.
First of all, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and blessed Easter. Jesus is risen indeed! However, I am aware that there are those in this world that do not believe this fact…yes I said fact! Therefore, over the next few weeks I would like to share something I found regarding this fact. What follows was written by Christian Apologist Josh McDowell, a man who came to faith in Christ by trying to disprove Christianity, and now spends his life sharing the truth of the Gospel. Here is what he had to say, “For centuries many of the world’s distinguished philosophers have assaulted Christianity as being irrational, superstitious and absurd. Many have chosen simply to ignore the central issue of the resurrection. Others have tried to explain it away through various theories. But the historical evidence just can’t be discounted. A student at the University of Uruguay said to me. “Professor McDowell, why can’t you refute Christianity?” “For a very simple reason,” I answered. “I am not able to explain away an event in history–the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” How can we explain the empty tomb? Can it possibly be accounted for by any natural cause? A QUESTION OF HISTORY After more than 700 hours of studying this subject, I have come to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted on the minds of human beings–or it is the most remarkable fact of history. Here are some of the facts relevant to the resurrection: Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish prophet who claimed to be the Christ prophesied in the Jewish Scriptures, was arrested, was judged a political criminal, and was crucified. Three days after His death and burial, some women who went to His tomb found the body gone. In subsequent weeks, His disciples claimed that God had raised Him from the dead and that He appeared to them various times before ascending into heaven. From that foundation, Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire and has continued to exert great influence down through the centuries” (http://www.leaderu.com/everystudent/easter/articles/josh2.html)
Stay tuned for part 2 next week.