Implications of the Resurrection
1 Peter 1:16
INTRODUCTION: It's Easter Sunday and unfortunately, we have overbooked our services today. Four of you will have to volunteer to leave...or else.
That was a crazy news story from last week, wasn't it (Man dragged off overbooked United Airlines Flight on Monday, 4.10.17)? But we're here to talk about a different kind of news story and that is the news about the Resurrection of Jesus.
I. THE RESURRECTION IS NOT FAKE NEWS
I Pt.1:16 ''For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.''
Have you heard of ''fake news?'' Fake news is not confined to politics, it happens in religion as well. There are those who claim that the accounts of Jesus as recorded in the New Testament are simply myths borrowed from pagan folklore. The claim is that these myths are essentially the same story as the New Testament's narrative of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. As Dan Brown writes in The Da Vinci Code, ''Nothing in Christianity is original.'' For example, the Zeitgeist movie (2007) makes these claims about the Egyptian god Horus:
- He was born on December 25 of a virgin: Isis Mary
- A star in the East proclaimed his arrival
- Three kings came to adore the newborn ''savior''
- He became a child prodigy teacher at age 12
- At age 30 he was ''baptized'' and began a ''ministry''
- Horus had twelve ''disciples''
- Horus was betrayed
- He was crucified
- He was buried for three days
- He was resurrected after three days
So, obviously, the accounts of Jesus were simply borrowed from this pagan source. However, when the actual writings about Horus are examined, this is what we find:
- Horus was born to Isis; there is no mention in history of her being called ''Mary.''
- Isis was not a virgin; she conceived Horus with Osiris.
- Horus was born in October, not December 25.
- There is no record of three kings visiting Horus at his birth.
- Horu ...
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