5 FACTS ABOUT CHRIST RESURRECTION: EASTER
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All of us from RCCGONLINE.ORG wish you a wonderful Easter celebration and we pray that the peace of Christ will dwell with you and yours.
Below, we are sharing some facts about Easter to enlighten as bless you as you celebrate today.
5 Facts about Jesus’ Resurrection You Need to Know
1. Easter Is The Essence Of Christianity
Christianity is founded on the singular fact and truth that Jesus Christ is the son of God who came to earth to die and to take away the sin of the world.
When you celebrate Easter, be reminded that it is not just a holiday or a ritual.
It the the reason Christianity exists.
If Jesus did not die and was raised from the dead, then Christianity isn’t true.
The apostle Paul states the following in his first letter to the Corinthians:
“and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.”
1 Corinthians 15:14-15 KJV
2. Unbelievers Tried To Cover The Truth About Jesus’ Resurrection
An interesting scripture in the Bible makes us realize that people talking against Christianity and trying to invalidate the resurrection of Jesus did not start today.
When Jesus resurrected, the Chief priests told the soldiers to tell everyone that Jesus Christ’ disciple came and stole His body while they slept to turn down the truth about His resurrection.
“Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.”
Matthew 28:11-15 NKJV
3. Women Were The First Eye Witnesses
Another interesting fact about Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is that women were the first to see Jesus after his resurrection.
This is an interesting fact because in the first century, the testimony of women was not accepted in court.
The fact that women were the first ones to see Jesus and tell the hood tidings could further reduce the credibility of the story because women were not prioritized much then.
“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.”
Matthew 28:1-3, 5-8 NKJV
4. All Of Jesus’ Disciples Died As Matyrs
With the exception of John, who was exiled to the island of Patmos, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus and hung himself, all the other disciples of Jesus Christ died as Matyrs.
They believed in the Gospel so much because they had seen all the amazing works and life of Jesus Christ with their own eyes and were convicted.
If their stories were fabricated, it is quite unlikely that they would allow themselves to be killed for the message they carry.
5. There Are Written Testimonies of Jesus’ Resurrection Dating Back to About 20 years of the event.
New Testament scholars D. A. Carson and Douglas Moo in their book “An Introduction to the New Testament, historical evidence” indicate that Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthians about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus was written sometime during the early to mid 50s.
Apostle Paul wrote about the resurrection of Jesus and many individuals (over 500) saw Jesus alive after his crucifixion and burial around the actual time the event happened.
This is a strong testimony to the accuracy of Paul’s letter:
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.”
I Corinthians 15:3-6 NKJV
Many people were living in the Roman Empire during the 50s and were around at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion and they could have challenged Paul’s claim about the resurrection if it were untrue.