This teaching was given at our Easter Day service, 21st April 2019, by pastor Barry Forder.
(Please note: The audio quality of this recording is very poor due to a technical fault. We have uploaded it anyway for any that wish to persevere listening to it!)
For many in today’s modern, science-based, intellectual world the idea that people could seriously believe Jesus rose from the dead is quite frankly ridiculous!
But what if it were true?
What if the groundswell of academic study on this subject points unmistakably to the fact that Jesus of Nazareth did somehow rise from the dead after being in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights?
It is my contention that people do not reject belief in Jesus and the resurrection on the basis of the evidence, but simply because they have been led to believe that no evidence exists.
So why do we believe Jesus rose from the dead? Well, there are many reasons, but let’s give you three:
1.Because God foretold THOUSANDS of years before that the Messiah would come, that He would die for our sins, and that on the 3rd day He would rise again (you try predicting any future event with precision, then have it recorded in a book written by around 40 authors, from different backgrounds and at different times, and yet having it all agree in minute detail and carry a single theme!).
2.Because Jesus Himself said He would die and rise again on the 3rd day – and only God or a madman would dare to make such an audacious claim!
3.Because we have the eyewitness reports of the disciples, the Roman guards, and Pilate.
May you be challenged and blessed by this study.
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Pastor Barry – Easter 2019