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Did Jesus Rise Bodily from Dead? (5 of 15)
Series: Deeper Life Conference
I'm going to deal with the fifth message around the theme of who is Jesus. It's a Deeper Life Conference we're having this summer. Tonight we raise the question, "Did Jesus rise bodily from the dead?" That is the question before us. I'm trying to deal with these in such a way that it will be helpful for our young people especially in knowing how to deal with some of the attacks that are made on the Christian faith.
The Bible says that we are to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us. There are answers and evidences for the reliability of the Christian faith. You do not have to deposit your brains in the vestibule before you come into God's house and believe the Bible. You do not have to shuffle aside your intellect in order to believe the essentials of the Christian faith. I'm going to show you the evidences, some of them, not all of them, for the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
Keep in mind what we mean when we talk about resurrection. We're not talking about reincarnation. Reincarnation is a soul going from one body to another body. A person dies then comes back in another form. We are not talking about resuscitation. Lazarus was resuscitated. Resuscitation is when the body stops and then it starts again. But we're talking about a resurrection, a body which dies and then is raised again never more to die. That's a resurrection.
I want to use Acts 1, verse 3, as our beginning point because it says, "To whom (that is to the apostles) also he (that is Jesus) showed himself alive after his passion (that is His death and burial) by many infallible (convincing) proofs, being seen by them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." What this is saying is that for the 40-day interval between His resurrection and His ascension back to heaven, Jesus Christ demonstrated that He had liter ...
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