Peter- At the last supper, Peter told Jesus that he would follow Him to death. Jesus looked at Peter and told him, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” (22:34). Later, Jesus and the disciples were praying. Jesus was a stones throw away from His followers. When He went to check on the them, He found them asleep. So He started asking why they were sleeping instead of praying. As He was talking, Judas and some other men came to seize Jesus. They took Him to the high preist's house. Peter followed not far behind. In the courtyard, he sat with some people huddled near a small fire. After taking a glance at him, a young servant girl admitted that she thought she had seen Peter with Jesus and His other disciples. Peter became afraid and denied it. Later on, another person looked at him and also indicated that they thought he was a follower of Jesus. Peter again becaom fearful and denied it. An hour later, a man said Peter had been with Jesus. And a third time, Peter denied Jesus. Even before Peter could take a breath after his sentence, a rooster crowed. He realized what had happened, remembering what Jesus had told him the night before. Overcome with greif, Peter started weeping. (Read the full story in Luke 22: 33, 34, 45-47, 54-60)
Saul- (Later known as Paul)-- One day, as Saul was heading to Damascus, a luminous light flashed around him causing him to fall to the ground and he heard a voice say, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"(9:3). He was confused on who he was hearing, so he asked. The voice replied, "Jesus, now go to to the city and you will find out what you need to do." Saul opened his eyes, but he still couldn't see. So, his men had to walk him to the city and for three days he was blind. Now, the Lord told one of his disciples to go to the house of Judas and ask for Saul. The follower went and said to Saul, "Brother, the Lord, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit."(9:17). As soon as the man was done speaking, scales fell from Saul's eyes. So, Saul went out to be baptized in the name of God who had blinded him and let him see again. (Read the full story in Acts 9:3-19)
These two important people both denied Jesus, but they changed because they saw a man beaten, spit on, cursed, persecuted, and crucified who was still kind and was still faitful to God. They saw a man who died on a cross, only to came back three days later and have a conversation with them. They realized that everything rests on His coming out of the tumb. And in the New Testiment, it makes it very clear that everything rest on two sentences: Jesus has risen, and Jesus is Christ. The New Testiment also makes one other thing perfectly clear; If Jesus's resecurrection didn't happen, nothing matters, but if it did happen, nothing else matters. So here are five words that give more explination on why I believe in the resecurrection:
There are five different testimonies of the resurrection: Matthew,Mark, Luke, and John. And look at this in Isaiah: Unjustly condemned, He was led away. No one cared that He died without descendants, that His life was cut short in midstream. But He was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But He was buried like a criminal; He was put in a rich man’s grave. But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush Him and cause Him grief. Yet when His life is made an offering for sin, He will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in His hands. When He sees all that is accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied. And because of His experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for He will bear all their sins. I will give Him the honors of a victorious soldier, because He exposed Himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels. Isaiah 53:8-12 What is amazing about this, is that it is a prediction of the resecurrection wrote about 681 B.C. That's way before Jesus was even born let alone crusified! Isn't that amazing! That's one thing I love about the Bible. A lot of the books are wrote hundereds of years apart, yet still line up with each other!
The Roman's in that time were excellent at, well, killing people. Most of the people who were crucified were beaten within a inch of their life before hand. (And a majority died because of this alone.) Next, they would be hung on a cross for hours or even days. Then, they would be taken off the cross and sorta mymmfied and stuffed into an empty tomb. So to think that Jesus survived is kind of silly becuase he went through this whole process and was stabbed with a spear before being taken off the cross just to double check and make sure He really was dead. And three days later, what do you know, His tomb is found empty and He goes and and talks to numerous people. They see Him! Mary, the first person He talks to runs to spread the news to the disciples! Many people saw Him that day and many more saw the empty tomb.
3-That kind of leads into this one. Empty.
The rich man's tomb He was put in was found empty! The big rock was rolled out of the way and the linens were found laying in the tomb with out a body to cover. There was not a mumified Jesus. He was gone! It was empty!
The disciples didn't get wealthy or famous. They weren't on the cover of magazines or in the highlights of the news. They gave their lives for Jesus. And yes, some people do die for lies, but no one gives their life for a known lie.
Church is not just a building that people go to and worship God. In fact it is a lot more than that and has a lot less to do with the building. Church is the people that gather together to learn, worship, and talk about God. You couldn't have church if you didn't have people in it. And that being said, Jesus is still changing people's lives today. He proves to be living in people's lives, meaning, He is still living. Billions of lives are being changed and continue to be changed by Jesus.
And if you don't believe in God you might wonder why this matters. Why you continue to read this post? Well it matters because like I said yesterday, if He didn't come back from the dead, He'd be a liar and no one would believe in Him. But since He did come back from the dead, we know He is not lying. We know He is authentic. So we look to that for hope. That's why He is called the light of the world. The resurrection gives our lives a meaning! We are no longer needing to search for something to live for because we have God! It gives a goal and a purpose! It changes the way we look at life and live our lives.
It changes everything!
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