HE IS RISEN!
Today's Reading: Matthew 27-28
Key Verse: Matthew 28:6
He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
The resurrection of Jesus is the most thoroughly reported fact of ancient history. The tough battle-hardened Roman guards "shook for fear." According to Roman military manuals, a "guard" consisted of at least 8 soldiers, and if one fell asleep on duty, the others were supposed to kill him on the spot.
Those who deny the facts of the resurrection must answer some questions: Where's the body? What would turn a man like Peter, who could not stand up to a waitress, into a bold, fearless man just 50 days later? What about the over 500 people who claimed to have seen Jesus alive after His resurrection?
Many of these were still alive when the Gospels were written. What about the over 5,000 Jerusalem Jews who became believers (including many of the Jewish priests) after Peter preached in the Temple? (Acts 4:4 and Acts 6:7).
No official source has ever been able to deny this history in an effort to prove that the resurrection is only a myth, nor has anyone in authority denied the amazing growth of the Jewish Church of Jerusalem. We have the Mishna, the minutes of the Sanhedrin (the ruling religious body) for that period of time. These contemporaries of Jesus and the Apostles knew the facts.
HE IS RISEN!!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, You raised Your Son and our Saviour from the dead. He's ALIVE! I worship Him! Amen and Amen!
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