As Good Friday approaches, please consider examining the claims Jesus made about Himself. Friends, if His resurrection didn’t happen, Christianity isn’t a viable worldview…it would be futile and misleading. Christianity’s existence hinges entirely on Jesus’s resurrection (1 Corinthians 15).
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.”1 Corinthians 15:3-6
As you research, you will find approximately 130 attestations, both Christian and non-Christian (Greco-Roman, Syrian, and Jewish), referencing Jesus outside of the New Testament. A few examples of these historical sources are Flavius Josephus, Suetonius, and Cornelius Tacitus. And what do they show us? Jesus was a real man, he was crucified on a Roman cross, and produced an empty tomb. Not to mention had numerous followers who were martyred for what they earnestly believed. These facts are undesputed by the vast majority of modern day scholars (non-Christian, included).
Friends, pour out your heart as you investigate…every hurt, every doubt, and every concern. Genuinely look into Jesus’s claims. Why not? C.S. Lewis articulated it well, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
“Evidence For Jesus‘s Empty Tomb“ – Dr’s Gary Habermas, Darrell Bock, and Mikel Del Rosario https://lnkd.in/eMZE44bg
Jesus’s Resurrection, Historical and Evidential – Nabeel Qureshi
“Jesus Outside of the Bible” – Mikel Del Rosario https://lnkd.in/g6M6NCWj
“Cold Case Christianity” – Detective J. Warner Wallace
“Who is Jesus?” – Impact 360 Institute
“Who is Jesus Precisely?” Anna Kitko