Lesson 9: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ I. The Resurrection: At the HEART of the Gospel H orrible Death E mpty Tomb A ppearances of Jesus After His Burial R ecord of Women as First Witnesses T ransformation of Disciples Horrible Death Heavy loss of _____.
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Trypho, a Jew, said in the second century:
“One Jesus, a Galilean _______, … we crucified, but his disciples _____ him by night from the tomb, where he laid when unfastened from the cross, and now deceive men by asserting that he has risen from the dead and ascended into heaven.” (Dialogue with Trypho, by Justin Martyr)
> Why not? No one would have believed the resurrection if there were no empty tomb, seeing the resurrection was first preached in Jerusalem (the very city in which the body had lain) within a few ______ of the Crucifixion and burial.
But…the disciples would have had to sneak by or overpower the Roman guard outside the tomb.
killed by arrows
“Nothing in law so convinces courts and juries of the truthfulness of a story as the fact that a man’s life has been _________ with such story.”
Henry Barnett, attorney.
>But if they had removed it, they would have ________ it for everyone to see. Why?
More _________ than a resurrection
500 brethren at once, most still alive when Paul wrote this
>Why should we believe the testimony of these early Christians who said they saw Christ?
His three-volume work A Treatise on the Law of Evidence has been considered by the Supreme Court to be the greatest single authority on legal evidence.
He said, “If the evidence for the resurrection was set before any unbiased courtroom in the world it would be judged to be an historical ____—Jesus Christ rose from the dead!”
Art of the early Christians
>The resurrection bonds remarkably well with all of Jesus’ life.
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 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.
- I Corinthians 15:1-8
The first few verses of 1 Cor. 15 are a _____ that was given to Paul in the mid-______, just a few years after the resurrection. This creed presents the basic facts of the death and resurrection of Christ, with a list of people who saw Him resurrected.
>Immediately after the resurrection, Jesus was __________ as Lord of Life.
be—the Son of God, God in the
It also confirms the __________.
It shows that He can overcome
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