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November 15, 2007

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What was the purpose of Jesus’ resurrection?

by Dave Malnes

The resurrection of Jesus Christ goes against all human reason. When a person dies, they stay dead. Yet, the resurrection of Jesus is not only a historical fact, but remains the essence of the Christian faith.

Alternative explanations to the resurrection of Jesus simply do not make sense. Roman guards were posted to protect the tomb from robbers. If the body of Jesus were stolen, the guards would have been punished with their lives. After his resurrection, Jesus appears to hundreds of witnesses. His appearances occurred over a period of time and to groups of people, thereby eliminating the hallucination theory. But how does this explain the empty tomb? How does one contrive a death on the cross and the resurrection? Finally, how does this explain the disciples’ sudden transformation from frightened men to bold preachers? 

The question remains, “Why?”

Jesus and his resurrection is the first illustration of what humans are going to be and what God intends them to be. He is the first true, eternal human being. He is the first butterfly to come out of its cocoon. In a way, Jesus is the first “zygote”, a cell formed by the union of two sexual cells, to go full term and become a newborn baby. If we had never seen a newborn baby, we would have a serious problem believing that a zygote we see under a microscope will someday become a human baby. Yet, it happens every day! It has become an ordinary event! Is the resurrection of Jesus any different or more miraculous than the miracle of birth?

The resurrection certainly seems extraordinary right now, but soon, very soon, it will be the universal rule. We are all destined to be resurrected on the last day, but not all will be resurrected to the eternal life in heaven that God has always intended for us. Scripture makes it very clear that many people will be denied entrance to heaven on the day of judgement. Those who do not believe in Jesus will be resurrected and then condemned to an eternal life in hell.

To be “born again” now and in eternity with God means to trust in the means of birth provided only by God. The only umbilical cord we have with God is through Jesus Christ. When we cut ourselves off from this lifeline, we cause ourselves to be aborted from God’s plan for us. We become refuse and destined to eternal torment and anguish in hell.

I implore you to not cut yourself off from Jesus Christ. Don’t reject him. All that you were meant to be, all the longings of your heart, your need for love, hope, significance, and happiness are fulfilled in a relationship with God through Christ. You were created for this. God wants it for you! He suffered death on the cross so you might live!  

**This question and answer was inspired from the book, “Letters from a Skeptic” by Dr. Gregory A. Boyd and Edward K. Boyd, Chariot Victor Publishing, 1994.

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  1. Daniel Cain
    Mar 23 2008

    Yes, Jesus was a real man. However, he did not rise from the dead. That doesn’t happen, no matter how much you believe, people don’t come back from the dead. You may ask, “how do you explain the empty tomb/the appearance before many people?” Easily, the only place it says such is in the Bible. The Bible is a book written by human people. People with flaws and opinions. If I wrote a book thousands of years ago that said Jesus came back as an animal of some sort that is what you would believe today, even though it is nowhere near the truth. I’m not asking you to revoke your faith but to merely review it a little.

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  2. Mar 28 2008

    Daniel, had you written a book “thousands of years ago that said Jesus came back as an animal of some sort” would you be willing to suffer the beatings and imprisonments and then the torurous death of a martyr? Jesus disciples were preaching to a population that had witnessed what they had. They had nothing to gain in their lives from their evangelizing but rather suffered a great deal. They didn’t get rich or get put in powerful positions. They were hunted, beaten, jailed, stoned and eventually killed for boldly proclaiming the Truth of the Resurrection. People do not willingly suffer like that for a ruse.
    Auntie L http://auntiel.wordpress.com

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  3. merganzerman
    Mar 28 2008

    Thank you Auntie L for your insightful response. In many ways, it takes more faith to believe that Jesus did not rise from the dead. The criteria for establishing historical fact has been established by the resurrection accounts. Now, the question remains, “Do you believe?” For those choosing not to believe, one can easily make up a variety of excuses to justify themselves or possible, to ease their conscience.

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