New Testament Bible Class

Easter – The Mystery of the Missing Body

The Mystery of the Missing Body

Dr. Paul Maier

Easter is the ultimate test of faith. The one great watershed that ultimately divides believers from unbelievers is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As St. Paul put it so categorically in 1 Cor.15:14: “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”

You can’t have it both ways: Either Jesus actually rose from the dead, or He did not. The various middling alternatives—He rose in spirit rather than body and all the many variations on that theme—are quite illogical and extremely unsatisfying.

Nothing in this world’s past or present is of more importance or has caused more controversy than the Resurrection event. So, you would imagine that every last shred of evidence on what happened in Jerusalem at the first Easter would by now have been processed logically, examined carefully, and then believed or disbelieved.

Astonishingly, this is not the case. Critics of Christianity have repeatedly preferred fancy to fact in their attempts to discredit the Resurrection, while Christians have not used all the evidence available in affirming it…

Read more at the Luttheran Witness website:  http://www.lcms.org/pages/wPagex.asp?ContentID=525&IssueID=32

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