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True Faith (20 of 21)
Series: Jesus Our Savior - Gospel of Luke
In 1963 the body of fourteen-year-old Addie Mae Collins, one of four African-American girls murdered in an infamous church bombing by white racists, was buried in Birmingham, Alabama.
For years family members kept returning to the grave to pray and leave flowers.
In 1998 the family made the decision to move her body to another cemetery. When workers dug up the body, they retuned with a shocking discovery: The grave was empty. Understandably, family members were terribly distraught. Cemetery officials hampered by poorly kept records scrambled to figure out what
had happened to the body of Addie Mae Collins.
Several possibilities were raised, the primary one being that her
tombstone had been erected in the wrong place. Yet in the midst
of trying to determine what happened, one explanation was never proposed: Nobody suggested that she had been resurrected.
Why? Because by itself an empty grave does not prove someone was resurrected from the dead and is now alive.
The proof of resurrection from the dead is a living body.
During the early days of Sam Boyle's ministry in Japan, he hired a translator to assist him in preaching. The only translator Boyle could find was a Japanese man who was teaching English in a nearby Junior High School.
The teacher was not a Christian but he agreed to help in the translation of Boyle's sermons for the people to be able to understand them. Their relationship worked well through the
first few sermons, but it hit a snag when Boyle preached on the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
He proclaimed, "And on the third day Jesus rose from the dead."
The translator immediately looked at Boyle and said, "They're
never going to believe this."
The reason it is hard to believe in the resurrection is that it seems so impossible. When a person dies they don't come back to life again - it goes against what we ...
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