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Defending the Resurrection


A Sunday School teacher had just finished telling her third graders about how Jesus was crucified and placed in a tomb with a great stone sealing the opening. Then, wanting to share the excitement of the resurrection, she asked: "And what do you think were Jesus’ first words when He came bursting out of that tomb alive?" A hand shot up into the air from the rear of the classroom. Attached to it was the arm of a little girl. Leaping out of her chair she shouted out excitedly "I know, I know!" "Good" said the teacher, "Tell us, what were Jesus first words." And Extending her arms high into the air she said: "TA-DA!"

I’m pretty sure those were not the first words of Jesus, but I do know He has risen from the dead. In fact, Lionel Luckoo is in the Guinness book of world records as the most successful trial lawyer with 245 successful murder defenses in a row! At 63 he decided to put his great analytical skills to the claim that Jesus rose from the dead!

He wrote “I have spent over 42 years as a defense trial lawyer, and I say unequivocally the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels us to accept it, by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt.”

You see, if people were not inherently biased against the resurrection, and if they open-mindedly examined the evidence for it, they would have to accept and believe it. There is too much historically verifiable evidence from too many sources to deny it.

Source: On The Road To Emmaus, Darren Rogers; Sermon Central

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