Resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus Christ represents the pinnacle of the Christian faith.  Had Jesus stayed in the tomb, that would be evidence enough to conclude that he was in fact not who He said He was.  If Jesus stayed in the tomb, then all of Christianity would crumble as our single most important belief is in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  All things considered, Christians are able to boldly declare the resurrection of Jesus, based solely on the evidence we have on hand.  Today, we will explore the historical nuances that unequivocally point to Jesus being resurrected from the dead.

Acts 2:29-36

29 “Dear brothers, think about this! You can be sure that the patriarch David wasn’t referring to himself, for he died and was buried, and his tomb is still here among us. 30 But he was a prophet, and he knew God had promised with an oath that one of David’s own descendants would sit on his throne. 31 David was looking into the future and speaking of the Messiah’s resurrection. He was saying that God would not leave him among the dead or allow his body to rot in the grave.

32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this.33 Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today. 34 For David himself never ascended into heaven, yet he said,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
    “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
35 until I humble your enemies,
    making them a footstool under your feet.”’[a]

36 “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”

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