Oh, what a morning Notes
Oh, what a day Notes—
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single greatest event in the history of the world.
John MacArthur- The Resurrection is the central of God’s redemptive history. The resurrection is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, and everything that we are and have and hope to be is predicated on its reality. There would be no Christianity if there were no resurrection. The message of Scripture has always been a message of resurrection hope, a message that death is not the end for those who belong to God. For the believer, death has never been an end but rather a doorway that leads to eternity with God. It is Christ’s resurrection that guarantees our resurrection.
Acts 2:23-24- The resurrection of Christ was the first message preached to the church.
1 Peter 1:3-4- Peter says we have a living hope because of the resurrection of Christ.
John 11:25- the foundation of all our hope is wrapped up in Jesus own words.
Sir Edward Clarke wrote:
As a lawyer I have made a prolonged study of the evidences for the events of the first Easter Day. To me the evidence is conclusive, and over and over again in the High Court I have secured the verdict on evidence not nearly so compelling. Inference follows on evidence, and a truthful witness is always artless and disdains effect. The Gospel evidence for the resurrection is of this class, and as a lawyer I accept it unreservedly as the testimony of truthful men to facts they were able to substantiate. (Cited in J. R. W. Stott, Basic Christianity.
In a similar statement, the noted historian and Oxford professor Thomas Arnold wrote:
The evidence for our Lord’s life and death and resurrection may be, and often has been, shown to be satisfactory; it is good according to the common rules for distinguishing good evidence from bad. Thousands and tens of thousands of persons have gone through it piece by piece as carefully as every judge summing upon a most important case. I have myself done it many times over, not to persuade others but to satisfy myself. I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair inquirer, than the great sign which God hath given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead