Jesus Is Alive
Jesus Is Alive
There is solid evidence for us to believe Jesus is alive.
If Jesus is not alive, then what the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15 is really true. It says, "If Jesus be not raised from the dead ... we are of all men most to be pitied." I love the way the southerners in the USA actually use that phrase, because they talk about things being pitiful. That describes so well what Paul was trying to communicate. If we have committed ourselves to Jesus and we call ourselves Christian, we believe him to be the Messiah, and we claim he has been resurrected from the dead and is alive. But if that's all mythical, untrue, just a fairy story around which we've accumulated some things that seem to be practical to our lives, if it's not in essence true, then we really are pitiful.
I want to look at the evidence of the resurrection. Not the proof of the resurrection, because until you accept the evidence, there is no such thing as proof. There's a distinction between the two. I can tell you that this I believe, or that I believe, and I may talk about a distinction between proof and evidence, but the distinction is important. For instance, if I tell you I really believe Jesus has walked from the grave alive, I can't prove it to you, and you can't prove it to me, because we were not there. And even if I had been there, and I came to you and said, "Look, I saw it," you could say to me, "That was just a hallucination." We have to look the evidence. If you agree with the evidence, then it can become a proof to you.
Paul's eyewitness account is evidence of the resurrection
Look at 1 Corinthians 15. It's written by Paul, the apostle. It's one of the earliest records of the resurrection of Jesus. The letter to the Corinthians is actually dated between A.D. 52 and 55. If Jesus died when ...
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John Guest is pastor of Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and speaker for the John Guest Evangelistic Association.