The Empty Tomb: Evidence and Experience
Nobody saw Timothy McVeigh take 200 pounds of fertilizer and load it into his truck. Nobody saw him approach Oklahoma City and head towards the federal building and light the fuse. Nobody was there when he quickly walked away and that bomb blew up and 168 of our fellow Americans were instantly taken into eternity. Nobody saw it. No video recorded him. No tape recorders picked it up. Nobody could say they saw him on the scene. Yet a jury found him guilty. In just a few weeks, Timothy McViegh is going into eternity, and may God have mercy on his soul.
He was found guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt, by a jury, because of circumstantial evidence. Circumstantial evidence is made up of indirect facts from which inferences are drawn that rationally can be understood and the cumulative effect can be every bit as strong as an eye witness account.
So, we come to the resurrection of Jesus Christ and we want to look at it to see if there is evidence. Evidence that could convince us that He is the Son of God and, because He is the Son of God, that He has the right to ask us to trust Him and follow Him and service Him not only here but for all eternity.
First of all I want you to notice the empty tomb evidentially. God's Word says it this way in Mark 16:1-7:
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, ''Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?'' But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ''Don't be alarmed,'' he said. ''You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He i ...
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