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Default The Historicity of The Resurrection - 04-20-2014, 02:50 PM

You know that the Resurrection is the greatest miracle of them all, all the more so because Jesus performed it when He was temporarily dead.

As we think of this, we perhaps recall other miracles that have been recorded since, for example the miracles of Genevieve (419/422 – 502/512 AD), in whose biography, Vita Genofevae, written in a monastery only 10 years after her death, we read of here miraculous life during which she ordered a cursed tree cut down, monsters sprang from it and breathed a fatal stench on many men for two hours; while she was sailing, eleven ships capsized, but at her prayers they were righted again spontaneously; she cast out demons, calmed storms, miraculously created water and oil from nothing before astonished crowds, healed the blind and lame, and several people who stole things from her actually went blind instead[1].

No one ever wrote anything to contradict or challenge these miracles, and they were written very near the time the events happened - by a monk who knew that lying was a sin – so we know they are true, just as those who heard these miracles knew it was true.

And yet four things spring out,
(i) unlike Jesus, Genevieve was alive when she did them,
(ii) unlike her biographer, who was only a monk, Jesus’s biographer was the apostles of the Gospels,
(iii) unlike Jesus, over a period of forty days, plenty of people saw His Ongoing Miracle.
(iv) Unlike Jesus’s story, Genevieve’s was written sooner after her death, so Jesus’s story must have been so much more memorable.

In those days, the people were nearer God and these sort of things happened. At the time of Christ, people could touch God (Jesus) and knew miracles come from Him.

We now move on to the Miracle of The Resurrection.

Mark Ch 16 is the authority: this is what happened:

M'r:16:1: Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, went to the tomb and saw the stone was rolled away. They went in and they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; who told them that Jesus had risen. He advised them to go tell the disciples that Jesus was on his way to Galilee, and so they went. Obviously they split up to search for Jesus and we learn that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene, who then went and told the disciples. Jesus now appeared “in another form” to those two.
Not surprisingly, the two anonymous disciples then went and told it unto the residue: but were not believed.

Jesus, keeping the tension up, appeared unto the eleven when they were eating.

Now this evidence is repeated, word for word in Luke 28:

At dawn Mary Magdalene and the other Mary go to the tomb, and just like the last time, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. (Luke:28:3: His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow)


He takes them into the tomb and says Jesus has risen and they must tell the disciples that he has gone to Galilee. As they go off Jesus comes to both of them (just as was said in Mark) Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Jesus tells them both to tell the disciples.

The Jews then find out that Jesus’s tomb is empty and think His body has been stolen (a bit of extra information here (so we know Matthew is not just copying Mark)

Anyway, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, and climbed up the mountain that Jesus had mentioned and they meet Jesus.

Matthew sees the same thing too, and as we can imagine, the story is the identical, even down to the last dot and tittle.

So this leaves John to tell the story: John explains, like Mark, Luke and Matthew, Mary Magdalene arrives alone at the tomb whilst it was dark and sees the stone has been moved away. She then set off running and met Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them that the tomb was empty (just like all the others had said).

Peter and the other disciple then go to the tomb. The other disciple gets there first and sees Jesus’s clothes (another miracles, as you will see that Jesus appears in clothes … but I am getting ahead of myself) Naturally, they were amazed as Jesus had never mentioned a resurrection. They were so amazed, they went back to their own homes

They left Mary crying outside the tomb. Mary then saw the two angels (The same ones that Matthew, Mark and Luke had mentioned) dressed in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

The angels asked her why she was crying, and she replied, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.”

Well the angels must have been laughing because, as explained in the other gospels, there, in Jesus’s tomb, she turned around, and saw Jesus standing there, although she did not recognise Him.


So, Jesus saith unto her, “Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?”



Now Mary thought that the Jesus was the gardener (an understandable mistake for a women who do not take much notice of men) and said if He had taken Jesus’s body away, where had He put it.

But Jesus just said her name and she recognised Him, in the tomb. (As in the other Gospels.)

Mary Magdalene went off and told the disciples that she had seen Jesus, and that he had spoken to her.


The story goes fast-forward to that evening where, in a room (obviously the one up the mountain in Galilee), Jesus appears to all the other disciples and says, “Peace be unto you.”


And showed them His wounds particularly, he showed them to Thomas (as per Matthew, Mark, and Luke)

After eight days, Jesus comes back to the same room with the same disciples and had Thomas touch the wound, at which point, Thomas realises it is Jesus. (He had not done this before - see the earlier Gospels)
Joh:20:28: And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

John continues this story by telling of how Jesus appeared to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. Jesus stood on the shore and again did not recognise Jesus, who tells them to throw the net over the side: they did and caught thousands of fish. And they all had a barbecue.

You see. How could it be otherwise that four independent Gospel writers create exactly the same story?

Yes, that’s right: It is true and they all saw the same thing – perfect witnesses!





[1] You can read her inspiring story in Sainted Women of the Dark Ages by Jo Ann McNamara and John Halborg, 1992, pp. 17 ff.




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Default Re: The Historicity of The Resurrection - 04-20-2014, 06:57 PM

Glory to GOD for His perfect Word, Brother!

Surely this puts aside all doubt from those who would try to question whether or not the Bible is accurate, particularly since there are many other instances of our Holiest of Books being completely similar - without contradiction whatsoever! I scoff at those that try to tell us there are inconsistencies in God's Word and shudder for them come the Judgment. Who can name a single inconsistency about our guidebook to life? Not one! Hallelujah. May you enjoy a blessed Easter, my brother.

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Default Re: The Historicity of The Resurrection - 04-20-2014, 10:00 PM

Amen, Dr. Bathfire. Here we have four perfectly harmonious accounts of Jesus resurrection. How can the atheists not believe?


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