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  1. Lesson 9:The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

  2. I. The Resurrection: At the HEART of the Gospel

  3. Horrible Death • Empty Tomb • Appearances of Jesus After His Burial • Record of Women as First Witnesses • Transformation of Disciples

  4. Horrible Death • Heavy loss of _____. • When His side was pierced, blood and water flowed out. blood

  5. Figure 9-1 Figure 9-1

  6. Horrible Death • Heavy loss of _____. • When His side was pierced, blood and water flowed out. • Soldiers didn’t break His ____. blood legs

  7. Horrible Death • Pilate asked for _________ (from the centurion) that Jesus was dead. • He was wrapped completely in bandages and laid in a tomb. assurance

  8. Figure 9-2 Figure 9-2

  9. Horrible Death • Pilate asked for _________ (from the centurion) that Jesus was dead. • He was wrapped completely in bandages and laid in a tomb. • Non-Christian sources confirm the Crucifixion of Jesus. assurance

  10. Empty Tomb • The Jews through history have admitted that the tomb was empty. They only give reasons for the tomb’s vacancy—belief in the empty tomb is assumed. Trypho, a Jew, said in the second century: “One Jesus, a Galilean _______, … we crucified, but his disciples _____ him by night from the tomb, where he laid when unfastened from the cross, and now deceive men by asserting that he has risen from the dead and ascended into heaven.” (Dialogue with Trypho, by Justin Martyr) deceiver stole

  11. Empty Tomb • Christianity could not have originated in _________ within a few weeks of the supposed Resurrection if there were no empty tomb. > Why not? No one would have believed the resurrection if there were no empty tomb, seeing the resurrection was first preached in Jerusalem (the very city in which the body had lain) within a few ______ of the Crucifixion and burial. Jerusalem weeks

  12. Empty Tomb • Other explanations for the empty tomb are not reasonable. • The disciples stole the body. But…the disciples would have had to sneak by or overpower the Roman guard outside the tomb.

  13. And if the disciples stole the body, they died for what they knew was a ___. lie

  14. Can we trust the apostles to have told the truth? • Peter, crucified • Andrew, ________ • Matthew, by the sword • James, son of Alpheus, ________ • Philip, ________ • Simon, ________ crucified crucified crucified crucified

  15. Thaddaeus, _________________ • James, brother of Jesus, stoned • Thomas, ____________ • Bartholomew, crucified • James, son of Zebedee, _________ killed by arrows spear thrust the sword

  16. “Nothing in law so convinces courts and juries of the truthfulness of a story as the fact that a man’s life has been _________ with such story.” Henry Barnett, attorney. consistent

  17. Empty Tomb • Maybe the Jewish or ______ authorities removed the body. >But if they had removed it, they would have ________ it for everyone to see. Why? • ______ Theory More _________ than a resurrection Roman produced Swoon incredible

  18. Figure 9-3 Figure 9-3

  19. Appearances Of Jesus After His Burial • In 1 Corinthians 15:3–8, Paul gives a list of some of those who saw Christ: Peter The Twelve 500 brethren at once, most still alive when Paul wrote this James Paul himself

  20. Figure 9-4 Figure 9-4

  21. Appearances of Jesus After His Burial • The Gospels also record the testimony of others who saw Christ after He had been crucified. >Why should we believe the testimony of these early Christians who said they saw Christ?

  22. Record of Women as the ____ Witnesses First

  23. Transformation of Disciples • Peter • Paul • James, Jesus’ brother

  24. Horrible Death • Empty Tomb • Appearances of Jesus After His Burial • Record of Women as First Witnesses • Transformation of Disciples

  25. Figure 9-5 Figure 9-5

  26. H… E… A… R… T…

  27. II. What Happens When One Examines the Evidence Objectively?

  28. A. Simon Greenleaf—professor of law at Harvard in the 1800s His three-volume work A Treatise on the Law of Evidence has been considered by the Supreme Court to be the greatest single authority on legal evidence. He said, “If the evidence for the resurrection was set before any unbiased courtroom in the world it would be judged to be an historical ____—Jesus Christ rose from the dead!” fact

  29. B. Lord Lyttleton and Gilbert West, friends at Oxford • Lyttleton tried to prove Saul was never converted. • West tried to prove Christ never rose from the dead. • What happened after each independently looked at the evidence and came back together?

  30. III. Other Evidence for the Resurrection

  31. W… E… A… R… G… U… E…

  32. Worship on Sunday by the early Christian Jews Easter Art of the early Christians

  33. Figure 9-9 Figure 9-9

  34. Figure 9-8 Jesus Christ God’s Son Savior Figure 9-8

  35. Resurrection is consistent with the ___ of Jesus. >The resurrection bonds remarkably well with all of Jesus’ life. life

  36. Gospel Creed of 1 Cor. 15 dates very ____ early.

  37. Gospel Creed Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. - I Corinthians 15:1-8

  38. The first few verses of 1 Cor. 15 are a _____ that was given to Paul in the mid-______, just a few years after the resurrection. This creed presents the basic facts of the death and resurrection of Christ, with a list of people who saw Him resurrected. creed thirties

  39. Figure 9-6 Figure 9-6

  40. Unique exaltation of Jesus after the resurrection. >Immediately after the resurrection, Jesus was __________ as Lord of Life. worshipped

  41. Existence of the Christian Church

  42. Figure 9-7 Figure 9-7

  43. W… • E… • A… • R… • G… • U… • E…

  44. IV. What Does the Resurrection Prove?

  45. That Jesus is who He _______ to be—the Son of God, God in the flesh. It also confirms the __________. It shows that He can overcome ______. claimed Atonement death

  46. V. Application of Lesson

  47. Prepare for the trial next session (if planned). Share the HEART and WE ARGUE acrostics with someone.