by James Merritt

Explore the Evidence
James Merritt
Acts 1:1-3


1. I heard a story the other day about a man that went on vacation to the Holy Land with his wife and mother-in-law. Half way through their trip, the mother-in-law dies, so this guy goes to an undertaker who explains that they can ship the body home, but it will cost $5,000 or they can bury her in the Holy Land for $150.

2. The son-in-law says, ''Let's just go ahead and ship her home.'' The undertaker said, ''Are you sure? That is an awfully big expense and I can assure you we do a very nice burial here.'' The son-in-law said, ''Look, two-thousand years ago they buried a guy here and three days later, he rose from the dead. I just can't take that chance!''

3. The man in that joke does beg a question. Was there a man two-thousand years ago that really came back from the dead? That is the question that does indeed beg for an answer. For most of my early life, I always wanted to be a lawyer and quite frankly law to this day still fascinates me. I was always intrigued by gathering facts, marshalling arguments, presenting a case, or defending a client. I really thought it was a very glamorous life until I came across some actual questions from lawyers that were taken from official court records nationwide. I am not making these up!

1. Q: Now doctor isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, in most cases, he just passes quietly away and doesn't know anything about it until the next morning?

2. Q: What happened then?
A: He told me 'I have to kill you because you can identify me.'
Q: Did he kill you?

3. Q: Was it you or your brother that was killed in the war?

4. Q: I show you exhibit 3 and ask you if you recognize that picture?
A: That's me.
Q: Were you present when that picture was taken?

5. Q: Now, Mrs. Johnson, how was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?

6. Q: Mrs. Jones, do you believe you are emotionally stable ...

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