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After I mentioned in a previous blog that many of my students would be in tears when I taught them about ancient crucifixion, what Jesus had to endure on the Cross, someone asked what it was like.  While I don’t have room to go into all of it, I can highlight three things that give a pretty good sense of how awful it was.  Fair warning: even though this is just a written description, it is quite graphic.  It may bring you to tears too.

If God is For Us, What Can Stand Against Us?

If God is for us, what can stand against us?  I was talking with someone last week about the Coronavirus and how surreal this whole experience is.  He told me that he’s not a religious person, but that he’s convinced the Coronavirus is God’s way of getting our attention.  He went on to explain that the way the world has been going—I’m not really sure what he meant by that—we needed a wake-up call.  This is it.  This is God’s judgment, His way of putting us back on course.  As a Christian, I couldn’t disagree more!

What Happened?

What happened? A week ago when I was putting last week’s blog together, the Coronavirus was predicted to be a moderate disruption. Now, it’s predicted to be a major, life-changing event of historic proportions. It’s literally turning our lives upside down!

What Does the Third Day Prove?

I’ve studied Jesus’ Resurrection enough to only have one real doubt about the empty tomb.  I don’t have any doubt that Jesus was buried in a tomb that was later found empty.  And I don’t have any doubt that none of His disciples would have stolen His body to perpetrate some kind of hoax.  But I have wondered whether or not there could have been some kind of innocent mistake.  Perhaps the women went to the wrong tomb.  Or, maybe Jesus’ body was moved by someone else for some unknown reason. 

What's More Embarrassing to the Resurrection Narrative than Women Witnesses?

The Gospels say that women were the first witnesses to Jesus’ Resurrection.  Last week I showed what a terrible liability this was for the early church.  Given the attitude toward women at the time, it threatened to undermine the faith before it even had a chance to get off the ground.  This is why most scholars find the story credible—the only reason the Early Church would record women playing these key roles is if they actually did.  And that’s really good reason to trust what they tell us about Jesus’ tomb being empty and seeing him risen from the dead.

What Makes Women Such Good Witnesses to the Resurrection?

As is often pointed out, the women who are the first to discover Jesus’ tomb empty and then are the first to see Him alive again provide some of the best proof for the Resurrection.  It’s so good that it’s practically irrefutable.  But why?  What makes it so good?  What makes it so irrefutable?

About Me

E.J. Sweeney is a true skeptic. He needs to see to believe. Hard Evidence. Compelling Proof. Solid Logic. This is what he believes in. In college, he encountered questions that the superficial faith he was raised on couldn’t handle. So he began a quest for Truth, a quest for the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

EJ Sweeney

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