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“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.…” Matthew 28:6 (NIV)
Easter, Resurrection Sunday, is just around the corner. The new movie that just came out over the past weekend, Risen, is the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, as considered through the eyes of a sceptic; a high-ranking Roman soldier. The body of Jesus is missing. It isn’t where he laid it having secured the site with all of the authority of the Roman government. The question he’s faced with is, “What can explain the disappearance?”
Jesus said that his resurrection would be the evidence people would need to know that he was who he claimed to be; God in the flesh. He told those around him many times that he would be killed but come back to life, and even said how long he would be dead, (Matt. 17:22-23,) and then he did just what he said he would.
The resurrection is the kind of event that skeptics think is like a fairy story, a myth, until they actually look at the material evidence. In fact, over the years there have been many atheists who, knowing that the Christian faith rests on the reality of the resurrection, have set out to disprove it and bury Christianity once and for all, like the soldier in the movie. These are some of the brightest people of their time; The founder of the Harvard Law School, Simon Greenleaf, Lord George Lyttleton, (member of England’s Parliament,) English journalist, Frank Morison; Cambridge Scholar, CS Lewis; one of Italy’s great intellects, Giovanni Papini; Philosopher, James Warwick Montgomery; author Malcolm Muggeridge; famed archeologist, Sir William Ramsey; and Chicago Tribune investigative reporter, and legal editor, Lee Strobel.
These are bright people, lawyers, philosophers, investigative reporters, who are used to examining evidence, and they found that the weight of the evidence required them to accept the resurrection of Jesus as true! We believe in Jesus Christ by faith, based on evidence.
So this Easter I’m going to the movies!
Happy Resurrection Day,