It’s not hard to find claims from contemporary, even secular, scientists and history professors that Jesus did, in fact, rise from the dead. So, what are you going to do with this evidence? The people in the resurrection story give us five possible ways we might respond to the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection.
There will always remain mysteries as we probe into the depths of God’s sovereign protection. What Sam James experienced was a sign of God's protection. But the reality of that protection extends to all who call on God’s name. And even when the signs are absent, the reality is there: We can live in the assurance that God is going to work all things out perfectly—whether in this life or the next—for his good plan.
When it comes to God’s guidance in our lives, we tend to want the answer to one question: Which choice should I make in this...
On the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion, a group of women went to his tomb and found the guards on the ground and the tomb empty. Jesus had raised from the dead. On this fact rests every other aspect of the Christian faith. If the resurrection of Jesus is real, it’s game-on for all things Christian. And if it didn’t, it’s game over, because everything else we believe is a hoax. If that Jerusalem tomb really is empty, everything else in our lives suddenly looks different. What would otherwise threaten to destroy us no longer has ultimate power. The darkness that promises to speak the final word does not get the final word.
Throughout this entire unjust process, Jesus was not, strictly speaking, a victim. He was in control the entire time, and every injustice that fell on his shoulders was placed there, in mysterious sovereignty, by the Father. So why would Jesus consent to such an unjust trial process? To paraphrase some who were present that day, “He proclaimed justice for others, but he can’t find justice for himself!” Here was the intention behind the injustice: In his trial, Jesus was identifying with every one of us who has ever had to undergo injustice—everyone who has ever been betrayed, overlooked, abused, or mistreated.
This guest post comes from one of our Summit members, Sarah Short, inspired by a recent message on finding rest. I spent some time last...