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The Truth about the Resurrection

Who would you guess is the most successful trial attorney in the entire world? The Guinness Book of World Records says, "Most successful attorney: Sir Lionel Luckhoo, who succeeded in getting his 245th consecutive murder acquittal by January 1, 1985."

This is an absolutely astonishing feat that nobody else in the world has ever come close to replicating. Two hundred forty-five consecutive murder trials either won before the jury or won on appeal. I would suspect he's a very bright person and that he has tremendous analytical skills. He certainly must be a world-class expert on what constitutes reliable, admissible, and persuasive evidence.

Wouldn't it be interesting to get an opinion on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus from a monumental legal expert like Sir Lionel Luckhoo? During his own spiritual journey Luckhoo did take his expertise in law and went through the question of whether the resurrection of Jesus Christ stands up to the test of legal evidence. He ultimately concluded: "I say unequivocally that the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt."

Our everyday experience tells us that dead people do not come back to life. Yet here we have the most successful attorney on the entire planet applying the legal tests of evidence to the historical accounts of Jesus Christ's resurrection and concluding with absolute confidence that his resurrection is a reality. Having looked at the evidence, he then did the most logical thing in the world: he gave his life to Jesus Christ. Like Sir Lionel Luckhoo, we should examine the evidence for ourselves. In 1 Corinthians 15:17 the apostle Paul wrote "if Christ has not been ...

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Lee Strobel is teaching pastor at Saddleback Community Church in Mission Viejo, California. His most recent book is The Case for Faith (Zondervan, 2000).

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Introduction

Modern legal methods prove the resurrection of Christ.

I. Evidence proves the certainty of Jesus' death on the cross.

II. Evidence shows the resurrection is not a created myth.

III. Evidence proves the tomb was empty.

IV. The witnesses of the resurrection are reliable.

Conclusion

Will you put your faith in the one who undeniably rose from the dead?