Did Christ rose from the dead? One of the greatest events in history that clarify the genuineness of the Christian faith is the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but how genuine is the event?
Though, there are skeptics who would say that the resurrection is a myth or a fable. However, if Christ didn’t rise from the dead, then that would have probably been the end of Christianity.
Here are 7 concrete reasons to believe that Christ rose from the dead.
Long before he was crucified, he talked about his death and then his resurrection from the dead.
“The son of man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8:31)
There were a lot of people who didn’t believe any of these words. Some even said it’s a plot to make people believe that he was immortal. Some of his accusers said in Matthew 27:63,
“Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘after three days I will rise’”.
The first evidence is that Jesus himself spoke of it.
After he died on the cross, Joseph and Nicodemus came to collect his body, took him away and buried him. A large stone was then rolled over the tomb. But on the day of the resurrection, the stone had been rolled away and his body was no longer there.
I Cor. 15:3-4 tells us that not just that Jesus died, but that he was buried. He was laid in a tomb after his death. But on resurrection morning, his body was not there any longer.
The tomb still remains empty today.
Over the span 40 days, he appeared to his disciples in different places. He didn’t just appear to them, but he also ate with them, walked with them.
Even the doubting Thomas was able to touch him.
Apostle Paul was once an adept persecutor of the gospel. He explained in Galatians 1:11-17 that his gospel comes from the risen Jesus Christ, not from men.
He said Jesus appeared to him on his way to Damascus where he was going to violently oppose the Christians.
This experience changed his life. He risked his life for the gospel.
He was one of the greatest apostles.
After they learned of his resurrection, a lot of efforts were made to find out what really happened.
His tomb was empty on the third day. It remains empty today.
His enemies never denied that his tomb was empty, they said his disciples stole his body. Yet the tomb was protected by Roman guards.
This empty tomb offers some of the greatest evidence that he rose from the dead.
After the reappearance of Jesus for 40 days, the apostles left their businesses, careers, homes, and families behind, and went to different parts of the world to preach the gospel.
Throughout their journey, there was at least one person looking to kill them.
These people gave their lives and died horrible, gruesome and painful deaths because they believed in Christ.
Despite the cruel and painful ways they were killed, not one of them changed their story.
Do you think anyone would do this to protect a lie?
They knew the same Christ who defeated death would raise them up, too.
The journey of Jesus Christ was filled with so many wondrous acts.
Whenever he preach the word, he never left without at least one sign of a miracle.
He healed the blind, the deaf and the dumb, cured the lepers, and forgave the sinners.
He made the lame walk and brought others back to life.
He fed 5000 men by miraculously multiplying five loaves of bread and two fishes.
The storms obeyed his voice.
He died after doing all these and rose on the third day.
“A miraculous end to a miraculous life”. What else should we expect?
We started this series by discussing some great men of faith in the bible. We’ve already looked at the life of Abraham and Moses. In this episode, we shall be discussing another faith giant – Joseph as portrayed in the third chapter of the book, Bible Giants of Faith.
Joseph was one of Jacob’s 12 sons. His mother, Rachael was Jacob’s favorite; unfortunately, she died young, and Jacob transferred his affection to her children. Therefore, he loved Joseph dearly and made him a cloth of many colors.
The book, Bible Giants of Faith describes his father’s affections towards him in details. This only made his brothers hate him so much.
The boy Joseph, had a dream that he would become the leader of their family. He naively informed his brothers of his dream. This increased their hatred towards him, and they sold him to slavery.
As if this wasn’t enough, the Ishmaelites, who bought him from his brothers, sold him again to Egypt as a slave. But little did they know that God’s grace upon him could not be sold off to slavery. He ended up in Potiphar’s house, an officer of King Pharaoh.
Potiphar soon realized how gifted the boy was and made him the chief servant of his house.
The book, “Bible Giants of Faith” shows us that things were starting to go on well with Joseph until Potiphar’s wife started developing an interest in him and wanted him to be her lover. She asked him to sleep with her, but he refused.
She kept on disturbing him, and one day, while Joseph was performing his housekeeping duty, Potiphar’s wife held his clothes and told him to come and lay with her.
Even though no one was there to see them, Joseph feared God so much that he said to her, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9 KJV).
Look at that statement. He didn’t say “…and sin against my master, Potiphar”. Joseph feared God that much. He was able to escape the scene, but the woman seized his cloth and falsely accused that he was attempting to rape her.
The situation landed Joseph in prison, but the grace of God upon him and his talent showed forth again. The chief prison guard handed over the affairs of the prison to his care.
One day, king Pharaoh had a dream that worried him, but none of his soothsayers and wise men could interpret the dream. The chief cupbearer, having heard of this, remembered Joseph and how he interpreted his own dream that brought forth his restoration to the palace.
Pharaoh summoned Joseph to the palace to interpret his dream. Joseph was able to interpret the dream as God gave him the secret.
Long story short, all lands lacked food supply except Egypt, where people had anticipated and prepared for the famine as Joseph recommended.
The king rewarded him with the position of Egypt prime minister. Pharaoh said, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word, no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt” (Gen. 41:44 NIV).
The situation made people, far and near, come to buy food in Egypt.
Joseph’s brothers also came. They were afraid because they thought he would avenge their wickedness, but he told them he’d forgiven them. This made them bow to him and acknowledged him as their leader, which was in line with the dream that he had had several years before that his brothers would someday bow down to him.
Christians must demonstrate courage to trust in God’s promises, especially when it seems difficult to do so.
We must believe the promises of God and be confident that he is able to do all things. We must believe God even when other people have lost hope.
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A Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? By James Taiwo.
In the previous post, we discussed Jesus’s preparation for his ministry (or purpose – as he called it) and how he went to meet John to baptize him. In this episode, we are going to discuss another major event of Jesus’s life as portrayed in the third chapter of the book “Who Was Jesus, Really? – Book One.” It is about his temptation. So how did it happen?
Immediately, Jesus left John at River Jordan, the Holy Spirit that had descended on him in the form of a dove lead him into the wilderness where he was expected to fast and pray to prepare for his journey.
A purpose as big as his would require him to acquire more spiritual power; so there he was in the jungle for forty days and forty nights without food or water (that is, he went on forty days dry fasting).
Imagine living an entire day without food. Hard right? Well, Jesus did it for a good forty days! As anyone would predict, Jesus became extremely tired and hungry after those long forty days. The devil decided to tempt him based on his present condition.
The book one of “Who was Jesus Really?” Described the three temptations that Satan gave Jesus and how He (Jesus) was able to overcome Satan’s tricks through the word of God.
The devil took Jesus to a high mountain and showed him all the glory of the Earth. He said he was willing to give it all to Jesus if only Jesus would worship him. Can you see how smart the devil thinks he is?
Jesus quickly rebuked him and said,
“Get thee behind me, Satan! It is written, thou shall worship the lord your God, and him alone shall you serve.”
The devil still didn’t give up. He took Jesus to Jerusalem and set him on a pinnacle—a very high place—and told Jesus to jump. If he was really the son of God, the angels would not let him fall, but Jesus answered,
“Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God!”
The devil knew he had lost and decided to leave Jesus alone for a while. Then the angels came and gave Jesus food and water. Phew!
The devil tried Jesus’s hunger and thirst and his newly acquired power against him, but Jesus was spiritually smart.
He knew the commandment of God better than Satan. He also knew better than to allow any ego to take over.
Of course, there are many lessons to be taken from this short tale, the majority of which has already been identified in Chapter four of the book.
Perhaps the most important of them all is to understand the word of God as written in the Bible.
An inadequate understanding of the word of God can lead to devastating failure.
If anyone wants to overcome every obstacle and live victoriously in this world of ours, it is necessary to keep God’s word at heart.
Join us in our next post as we discuss how Jesus handled other life’s issues that came his way and how he fulfilled his ministry.
We will be analyzing the fourth chapter of Book One of “Who Was Jesus, Really?”
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Daily devotion has some benefits which may not be instantly glaring but have long time benefits. Daily devotion exercise has a long-time benefit, of course, this depends on how persistent a person engage in it!
Keep reading to learn how the exercise of constantly reading the word of God can benefit your life.
Here are some benefits to derive when you engage in daily devotions.
Have you dreamed of a better relationship with God, wait no longer, just try to engage in a consistent daily bible study and watch your spiritual fire ignited!
To have a good result of any devotional, you have to be consistent. Don’t just engage in a Bible devotion exercise whenever you feel like doing it. Do it as routine!
Perform the task of studying the word of God consistently to have a good result for your soul!
To solidify your blessing with a devotion exercise, add prayer to it. Pray after each bible study and ask the Lord to help you practice what you have learned.
Some people enjoy reading a certain part of the Bible while they abandon others. This practice may not be a bad effort – after all, the word of God was read. However, the fact remains that the practice of focusing on one part of the Bible at the expense of other sections signifies the reader will not have a comprehensive knowledge of the word of God.
The practice of focusing on a certain part of the Bible at the expense of other sections also limits the blessings of the reader.
The need to read every aspect of the Bible for comprehensive knowledge and blessing can’t be overemphasized!
If you really want to grow in your daily walk with God, read every part of the Bible thoroughly! Your daily devotion and other Bible study exercise must include those portions you have considered as “unexciting.”
Yes, Bible is the word of God, and it is infallible. No doubt that some parts of the Bible create an (immediate) impact than others. For example, reading some books and chapters may sound like a family tree countdown. Other books and chapters may speak straight talk to the heart.
Encourage yourself when you come across those “unexciting” parts of the Bible, and read them. (You don’t get to come across those often. When you do, never skip, keep reading.)
Don’t flip to the next chapter when you feel bored about a section of the Bible. Try to read through until you have gotten to the part that excites you.
Come to think of it, no part of the Bible has lesser significance. The fact that you don’t feel anything emotionally does not mean something positive is not happening to your spiritual life. Also, note that the cumulative effect of reading every section of the Bible is what will eventually aggregate to your spiritual growth and maturity.
Daily exercise in the word of God connects us with God. The more we read about God, the better our understanding of him will be.
Remember: the better you understand God, the bigger your blessing will become!
Humans made in the image of God have enjoyed a mutual relationship with him in the past, but have since lost the privilege in the Garden of Eden. (Satan manipulated Adam and Eve to sin against God; thereby, lost the relationship.) The same relationship which can be regained through Jesus Christ has to be maintained through a constant interaction of bible study and prayers.
The enemy is still in the business of manipulating people to disobey God; therefore, we must consistently read the word of God and pray!
Without a consistent touch with the Bible study, a child of God can forget the laws of his Master. It is important to keep ourselves refreshed in the devotional exercise.
“Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You!” Psalm 119:11 (NKJV).
Someone who studies his bible is technically creating an impression that he loves God and is willing to follow his rules.
Bible study exercise simplifies the technicality process of knowing the mind of God and complying with his demands.
Through our devotion to the word of God, we are able to raise a question about any part of the Bible that is unclear. We can seek an answer and have spiritual growth.
Also, through Bible devotion exercise, a child of God can candidly make a pray request that touches the heart of God.
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HUMANS ARE REQUIRED TO OBEY GOD’S LAWS – 2 Kings
GOD PLACED ISRAELITES ON CONDITIONAL FREEDOM – Leviticus
A GREEK WOMAN APPLIED FAITH AND RECEIVED HER MIRACLE – Mark 7
OBEDIENCE IS A MUST FOR ALL CHRISTIANS – Genesis
GOD FORGIVE OFFENSES OF HIS PEOPLE – Zechariah
In the past few posts, we have discussed who Jesus is and have examined his early life. So far we have learned of how he has powers to perform miracles, provided we obey. But in this series, we are going to be talking about another key aspect of his life – his prayer life.
Ideas used in this post are excerpted from the book “Who Was Jesus, Really?”
Jesus had the habit of performing miracles and doing good. But that’s not all there is to him. He also has a strong prayer life.
Every now and then, Jesus would slip away from his busy life and disciples to a mountain to pray. But the apostles weren’t stupid. They noticed it and asked him about it. They also asked him to teach them how to pray. Jesus’ reply reveals all we need to include in our prayers daily.
This particular prayer pattern was termed “Our Lord’s prayer” and it points out that the most important thing to do when praying is to give thanks to God.
He also asks us to be forgiving if we want God to answer our own prayers too. The Book “Who Was Jesus, Really?” clearly shows that we also can ask God for anything we want as long it is within his will and we believe he will do it for us.
Jesus also taught that we should always pray and not faint. This means that it is not enough to just ask God for anything, we must also be consistent in our prayer and we must not relent even if it seems like no answer is forthcoming.
Jesus wants us to be consistent in our faith and not give up. There are times that we miss the answer to our prayer because we aren’t sensitive enough.
Sometimes He sends something different from what we were expecting. Keep your eyes peeled when it seems like God is not paying attention; he is. He might be answering in a different way.
God answers prayers, but sometimes he may choose not to give us the answers as soon as we ask him because he wants to stretch our faith and confidence in his word. Therefore, we need to pray until we see the results.
Sometimes we need to pour out our heart unto Him just like Hannah did in the bible. She prayed until nothing was coming out of her lips. If we need to go to this length to have our prayers answered, we must.
Of course, there are other lessons to be learned from our Lord’s Prayer. The seventh chapter of the book discusses it all in detail.
Join us in our next post as we unveil more lessons from the life of Jesus Christ.
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