April 21st, 2014 | By admin
By Paul Holland
Some events happen to us and effect our lives drastically. The day we met our future spouses for the first time is an example. Pearl Harbor is an example on the national level. 9/11 is an example from my lifetime.
The resurrection of Christ is also an example. Even though it was about 2,000 years ago, that event still has an impact and repercussions on our lives today.
In Luke 24, Luke gives us five evidences for the resurrection of Christ. Tomorrow, we’ll present fivereasons why the resurrection is still relevant for us today.
Luke records the resurrection in chapter 24. It happened on the first day of the week. Verse 3 is key: “when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Where was it? Clearly, the women did not know. They had done nothing with it. The empty tomb is proof #1.
Evidence #2 is the message from the angels. As with everything spiritual, it takes a message from God to get events on earth in their proper perspective. One of the angels tells the women what happened, in verse 6: “He is not here, but He has risen.”
Proof #3 – The apostles did not know how to explain the empty tomb either, verse 11. They thought the news from the women was “non-sense.” Nolland comments: “the later testimony of the Apostles is that much more impressive because they have been so hard to convince” (III:1191).
Evidence #4 – Peter and John even got up and went to the tomb to verify what the women were saying (verse 12 & John 20:2ff). Sure enough, the linen wrappings were lying there, neatly folded by the Man who would not need them anymore. You do not wrap a living body in burial clothes. Jesus did not “resuscitate,” leaving the empty tomb with his clothes left behind! Neither did anyone steal the body, leaving the burial clothes behind.
THE ROAD TO EMMAUS:
Two of those disciples were walking along the road to the village of Emmaus that very Sunday, seven miles from Jerusalem. If the average man walks 3 mph, then we’ve got a two hour walk to Emmaus. The trip back to Jerusalem will assuredly take less time! These two disciples were talking about what had happened. They could not answer the question either – What happened to the body?
Proof #5 – Jesus gives these two a rebuke for not believing the prophets, chief of whom was Jesus Himself, as the angels had reminded the women back in verse 7(9:22; 17:25; 18:32f). “It was necessary for the Christ to suffer and enter into His glory” (vs 26). The final proof given of the resurrection is fulfilled prophecy.