Why is it important if Jesus rose from the dead or not?
(1 Cor 15:14 NIV) And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
So you see if Jesus did not rise from the dead and is now alive we are all lost and Christianity is worthless. Jesus being alive now is central to what every Christian believes.
First proof is a band of wimps; the disciples. When Jesus was taken prisoner to be crucified they all ran away: (Mat 26:56b NIV) Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. (Mark 14:50 NIV) Then everyone deserted him and fled. Everyone was scared and ran away.
After all of this Jesus was crucified on the cross and buried in a grave. On the third day He appeared to several people first then to the eleven remaining disciples. They did not believe He was alive at first: (Luke 24:36-43 NIV) While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. Why did Jesus ask for food and eat in front of them? Because a ghost does not eat, they cannot eat because they are spirits. This was His way of proving that He really did come back to life.
Well we go to documented history of the early Christians. Remember these guys all ran when Jesus was arrested, but after seeing Him alive again and knowing without a doubt that He was dead just three days before they got lots of courage. Here is a list of some people who believed and what happened to them:
Stephen was stoned.
James was beheaded.
Matthew slain with a sword.
James the brother of Jesus, had his brains dashed out with a fuller's club.
Matthias stoned and then beheaded.
Mark was dragged to pieces by the people of Alexandria.
Peter crucified upside down.
Paul beheaded with a sword.
Bartholomew beaten then crucified.
Thomas killed with a spear.
John was cast into a cauldron of boiling oil, but lived and was exiled and died on the island of Patmos.
Nero was the Roman ruler during this period and he hated the Christians. He had some sewed up in skins of wild beasts, and then attacked by dogs until they died; and others dressed in shirts made stiff with wax, fixed to posts, and set on fire in his gardens, in order to illuminate them.
All these people were killed for one reason, because they said they were Christians, or in other words that they believed that Jesus rose from the dead. If they had denounced that belief, just said they no longer believed they would not have been killed.
Many people try to claim that Jesus was not a real person, or that He did not come back to life, but they can't explain why a bunch of scared wimps all of a sudden decided He was worth dying for. Ask yourself are you willing to die for a lie instead of just telling the truth? There must have been something to what they believed for so many of them to be willing to die for it.
E-Mail Ralph (whose comments are in green)
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