The Resurrection: Fable or Fact? by Stan Coffey

The Resurrection: Fable or Fact?
Stan Coffey
Acts 1:1-3


(An Easter Message)

OUTLINE:

I. UNCONVINCING FABLES

A. The No Burial Theory (Matt 27:63-66)
B. The Stolen Body Theory (Matt. 28:12-13)
C. The Hallucination Theory (I Corinthians 15:6)
D. The Swoon Theory (John 19:33)
E. The Spiritual Resurrection Theory

II. UNDENIABLE FACTS

A. The Stone Was Rolled Away (Luke 24:2)
B. The Tomb Was Empty (Luke 24:3)
C. The Church Was Formed (Matt 16:18)
D. The Eyewitness Accounts In The Gospels (I Cor. 15)
E. He Lives Within My Heart

I believe that Easter is the greatest time of the year for believers. Christmas is a joyous time when we celebrate the birth of Christ, but for me Easter is even more meaningful to those who believe upon Christ. There is always something special about Easter Sunday and I always have such a joy in my heart on Easter as I come to bring a message of hope, inspiration, and happiness. Praise God for Easter, Amen? Amen!!

I love that old hymn that says, ''He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart, you ask me how I know He lives, he lives within my heart!!

But we also have to examine the message of Easter and proclaim the message of Easter to a skeptical world who is not yet convinced that Christ is indeed risen from the dead and that one day He will come back to this earth again. So we ask this question: Is the resurrection of Jesus Christ a fable, or is the resurrection of Jesus Christ a fact? This is a question that has to be answered by every person, young or old, rich or poor.

Paul said in I Corinthians 15 that if ''Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.'' (I Cor. 15:14) But he goes on to declare, ''But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.'' (I Cor. 15:20)

What we believe about the resurrection of Christ determin ...


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