No Bones About It, Jesus Is Alive!
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now on this Resurrection Sunday morning and be finding your place at John chapter 20 if you would, and while you're finding your place there, I want to take just a moment to say how happy and how proud I am that you didn't buy into the fantasy and the fiction and the fabrication that Simcha Jacobovici and James Cameron and Dr. Michael Tabor from up at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have conjured up in their so-called "documentary" called "The Lost Tomb of Jesus." I'm so proud that you didn't decide that they were right and all of the Christians throughout all of the centuries have been duped at best and deceptive at worse when we teach and preach that three days after Jesus was crucified by Pontius Pilate that He literally and physically rose from the dead. And I'm so excited that you got yourself and your family up on this Easter Sunday morning and have come to this place to celebrate a risen Savior instead of mourn over a bunch of dried out bones. I'm so happy and so proud of you for being here this morning.
Now, there are a lot of reasons why I can stand before you this morning and make the dogmatic statement: No bones about it, Jesus is alive! For example, for example, I can make that statement for historical reasons: There is more historical evidence that Jesus Christ rose from the dead than there is that a man named Caesar Augustus ever lived. I can make that statement for archaeological reasons: Though many have tried and a few, like Simcha and Co., have lied, nobody has ever found the corpse of Christ. I can make that statement for logical reasons: Why would every single one of the disciples choose to die for a Savior that was still dead. I can make that statement for theological reasons: As we're going to read in just a moment, the Bible is clear in its claim that on the third day Jesus Christ came out of that grave. The Bibl ...
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