HE IS RISEN!!!
The whole basis of the Christian religion is the fact that our Savior, Jesus,
The Christ rose from the dead.
But did He really rise from the dead? Take away the resurrection of Jesus and
you destroy the whole Christian religion.
When the disciples chose a replacement for Judas, they chose someone who had
been a witness to the
resurrection. See Acts chapter 1 verse 22. God told centuries before that He
would be resurrected. In Psalms
chapter 16 verse 10 it told that He would only stay in the grave for three
days. Five times Jesus told that
He would rise from the dead. (John 2:19, John 10:17:18, I Corinthians Chapter
15 verses 1-4). The Bible is
the only religious book that not only makes prophecies, but prophecies that
come true when and where It says
it will. The religious leaders did two things to make sure that the body was
not moved by His followers.They
sealed the tomb with the Roman seal. One did not dare mess around with
anything that had the Mighty Roman
Seal on it. Jesus had told them that He would rise the third day. They were
not about to let that happen. If
sixteen solders were on guard to watch Peter when he was in jail, I cannot
imagine that fewer than that amount
were on watch to guarantee that this Jesus fellow would not be taken out of
His tomb. Yet on the third day
the tomb was empty. If the disciples had stolen Him, all Rome had to do was
to produce a body. For two
thousand years all the Romes of the world have not been able to produce a
body. Why? It is simple
HE IS RISEN.
Did His friends take Him? I cannot even begin to believe
that this disillusioned group of pitifully beaten men
could have the power let alone the will to combat the whole Roman Empire and
win. This now leaves us
with only one other group that could have taken Him. His enemies. And for
what purpose would they take Him?
So He would win? This does not even allow for further thought. Then what
really did happen? It is simple:
HE IS RISEN!!!
In a court of law, if I bring charges against you
and I am able to produce three or four people who will swear to
my case, it is enough, in most cases to sway a jury in my favor. In the case
of Jesus there were over five
hundred people who were witness to His being alive after He had died. They
even saw His ascension. In any
court room in this the world this would be more proof than necessary to
decide in His favor. Even the Nazis
were put to death with fewer than five hundred witnesses. There is further
proof. When He was crucified
there were almost none of His people around. They were all hiding, fearful
for their lives. Yet within a few
days they were going throughout Jerusalem,"as a drunken lot", proclaiming
HE IS RISEN!!
These very same people who were hiding for their
lives just a few days before were willing, and thousands did,
give up their lives for a God who is risen. They spread the words of Jesus
all over the world. They were killed
in the most awful way that one could think of. The ones who were torn apart
by lions and other wild animals
could have saved their lives by just denying that He is risen. Many left
their jobs and homes just to tell people
HE IS RISEN.
(IT IS STILL HAPPENING TODAY) These people had
seen visual proof. They had touched God after
He HAD RISEN. Where else would this kind of faith come from. If they had not
had such faith, Christianity
would have died out just as sects of that time and today will. Another proof
that Jesus is important. Did you
know that Rome crucified over thirty thousand Jews? Can you name one more?
What more proof do you
need? Now is the time to accept that one risen crucified Jew as your personal
savior. Right now where ever
you are, simply say," Jesus, I believe that you are risen. I accept your
death on the cross as FULL payment
for my sins. Please come into my heart and be my personal savior. I thank
you, Jesus, for hearing my prayer."
If you do the above one day you will be with that JESUS WHO IS RISEN. Too
simple for you? How can
anyone be good enough to please God? That is why it is so simple, yet so hard
for some people. After all,
HE IS RISEN!!
Some people tell me they cannot believe because
there are no alive witnesses today to verify that He rose. Yet
these very same people believe that a man named George Washington lived over
200 years ago.
Your brother in Christ,
Larry in New Orleans
P.S. There is still one more proof. If there is nothing to Him, why do so
people fight Him? How can one fight a nothing? Why does no one hate Budda or
any other dead person?
The answer is simple. One cannot hate a dead person. Then the most HATED,
that's right, the most HATED person who ever lived must still be alive.
HE IS RISEN!
If you want scientific proof, get a book written by a Pulitizer Prize winning
reporter who was an atheist.
The book is "A CASE FOR CHRIST". What do you have to lose other than an
What do you have to gain? An eternity.
Believe it or not:
HE IS RISEN!!
¡ÉL SE LEVANTA!
IL EST LEVÉ !
P.P.S. An article by David Limbaugh.
What if the Bible Really Is True?
If I had to single out one thing that played the greatest role in initially
convincing me of the Bible's authenticity
and the truth of Christianity, I'd choose the Old Testament prophecies,
especially those concerning the
Messiah. The specificity of some of the individual prophecies is powerfully
probative, but the odds against so
many of them being fulfilled in the person of Christ by coincidence are
utterly breathtaking. In about 700 B.C.,
the Prophet Isaiah specifically named the king (Cyrus) who would rebuild the
Temple in Jerusalem, some 114
years before Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed it and some 150 years
before Persia conquered the
Babylonians and its king (Cyrus) issued the decree to rebuild the Temple.
Josh McDowell summarized it this
way: "Thus Isaiah predicted that a man named Cyrus, who would not be born for
about 100 years, would give
the command to rebuild the temple which was still standing in Isaiah's day
and would not be destroyed
for more than 100 years." Biblical scholar J. Barton Payne cited 574 Old
Testament verses containing
messianic prophecies, and countless others have listed and explained them,
but my favorite compilation is by
McDowell,who highlights some 60 of them as unmistakable predictions. Let me
give you just a sampling with
the humble suggestion that you read and contemplate these verses yourselves.
The Messiah would: reconcile
men to God at painful cost to Himself; come from the seed of a woman (Genesis
3:15); be a Semite
(Genesis 9:26); descend through Abraham (Genesis 22:18), Isaac (Genesis
21:12) and Jacob Numbers 24:17)
and be from the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10); be a prophet, like Moses
(Deuteronomy 18:15), a priest
(Psalm 110:4), the judge (Isaiah 33:22) and king (Psalm 2:6); descend from
Jesse's line (Isaiah 11:1) and
David's line and be eternal king (2 Samuel 7:13); be God, the Father's Son
(Psalm 2:7; 2 Samuel 7:14); ransom
men and restore their righteousness (Job 17:3); exist before time began and
be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2),
and young children would be killed (Jeremiah 31:15); be given gifts (Psalm
72:10; Isaiah 60:6); be called Lord
(Psalm 110:1); be "God with us" (Isaiah 7:14); be anointed by the Holy Spirit
(Isaiah 11:2, 42:1); have zeal for
His Father's house and reproach those who would violate it (Psalm 69:9); be
announced in advance
(Isaiah 40:3); begin his ministry in Galilee; heal the blind, deaf, dumb and
lame (Isaiah 35:5,6); teach in
parables (Psalm 78:2); enter the Temple (Malachi 3:1); enter Jerusalem on a
donkey (Zechariah 9:9); be a
stumbling block to the Jews (Psalm 118:22, 8:14); be a light to the gentiles
be resurrected (Psalm 16:10); ascend (Psalm 68:18) and sit at the right hand
of God (Psalm 110:1); be
betrayed by a friend (Psalm 41:19) and sold for 30 pieces of silver, which he
would throw into the Temple
and which would be given for the potter's field (Zechariah 11:12-13); be
struck, causing his disciples to scatter
(Zechariah 13:7), which Christ affirmed and repeated (Matthew 26:31); be
falsely accused (Psalm 35:11);
stand silent before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7); be wounded and bruised for
people's sins (Isaiah 53:5), smitten
and spit upon (Isaiah 50:6) and mocked (Psalm 22:7); be crucified with
thieves and plead for those killing him
(Isaiah 53:12); be thirsty (Psalm 69:21); ask God why He had forsaken Him
(Psalm 22:1); commit His spirit to
God (Psalm 31:5); and be buried in a rich man's tomb (Isaiah 53:9). Darkness
would fall over the land
(Amos 8:9); His hands, feet (Psalm 22:16) and side (Zechariah 12:10) would be
pierced, but none of His
bones would be broken (Psalm 34:20); His own people would reject Him (Isaiah
53:3) and hate Him without
cause (Psalm 69:4); His friends would witness His ordeal from afar (Psalm
38:11); and people would cast lots
for his clothing (Psalm 22:18).
McDowell notes that the Old Testament was completed in about 450 B.C., but if
you won't accept that,
you can verify that the Septuagint (Greek translation) was begun during the
reign of Ptolemy
Philadelphus (285-246 B.C.), which means the Hebrew version had to have been
completed at least 250 years
before Christ was born. He also notes that while it's true that Jesus could
have arranged to fulfill some of these
prophecies, He could not have orchestrated the place, time and manner of His
birth, that He would be
betrayed, the manner of His death, people's reactions to His crucifixion, the
piercings and the burial.
The statistical odds that any man might have fulfilled all eight of those
prophecies, let alone
61 (or 574) of them, are 1 in 10 to the 17th power. If you're not yet amazed,
study Daniel 9:24-27,
which many believe predicts, to the precise year, the entry of Jesus into
Who do you say that He is?
Evolution or design? Read here.
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