The Game Changer – Resurrection Pt. 2

Posted: April 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hope everyone is excited this about Easter as it is approaching quickly. I would like to echo Pastor Lincoln’s encouragement for us to prepare and get excited for a great Easter weekend, wherever you may be spending it.  I know many of you may be going back to your home church and spending Easter with your family’s, but for any and all of you who are staying in town, let’s make sure we invite friends and family that we know to Shandon for this Easter! Also, don’t forget that we are having Go and Tell this Friday, we will be meeting at 3:30pm on the 3rd floor of Russell. I hope to see many of yall there, as we spread the gospel throughout campus of Good Friday.

Last week, we talked about five possible theories when it comes to the resurrection of Christ, which include: Christianity, hallucination, myth, conspiracy and swoon. We focused on the possibility that all the people that claimed to have seen the risen Christ were merely delusional and hallucinated these occurrences.  If you didn’t get the chance to read it and would like to simply click on the link here: https://evangablog.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/the-game-changer-resurrection/ .

This week we are going to look at the possibility that it was all a conspiracy and the disciples lied about Jesus resurrecting. To start out, how would the disciples have stolen the body? How did the disciples “get past the elite Roman guards, who were trained to guard the tomb with their lives?” (Geisler, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist).   It seems implausible to believe that the disciples would be able to steal Jesus’ body from soldiers who were assigned to guard the tomb in order to prevent someone from stealing the body.

However, let’s just assume for argument sake that the disciples did somehow manage to steal the body. They then continued in the lie with radically transformed lives. Take Peter for example, before Christ death denied even knowing Christ three time and after his death becomes one of the founding fathers of the church, was imprisoned, beaten, and eventually crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Christ did. What could have possibly been the cause of this radical transformation? The disciples’ lives themselves are testament to the truth of the resurrection, which they proclaimed. The change from “fear to faith, despair to confidence, confusion to certitude, runaway cowardice to steadfast boldness under threat and persecution, not only proves their sincerity but testifies to some powerful cause of it” (Dr. Peter Kreeft, Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ).

Why in the world the disciples make up this lie? What do they get out of it, persecution, poverty, hatred, torture, stoned, imprisoned, ect. This does not sound like things on my bucket list and yet these men lived hard lives and died horrible deaths with joy and peace in their hearts. Let’s look at the ultimate fate of some of the apostles.

Luke-hanged in Greece.

John- boiled in oil, which he miraculously survived, sentenced to prison where he wrote the Book of Revelation and was later the only apostle to die peacefully.

Bartholomew-flayed to death by a whip.

As Dr. Kreeft says “Nothing proves sincerity like martyrdom.” Even under torture and in the face of death, not one of the disciples ever confessed to making up the resurrection, rather they held strong to the end with joy and hope looking forward to the glory to be had in Christ and in the future resurrection. I pray that we would be fueled in the same way for Christ, ready to give up everything for Him and the furtherment or the gospel, even our own lives.

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