Evidence of The Resurrection
 

Startling Evidence for The Resurrection

 

Mary Magdalene and several of her friends got out of bed very early on resurrection Sunday morning and hurried to the tomb where Jesus had been buried. But when she arrived, she discovered that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance to the tomb and that Jesus' body was missing!

Horrified, she quickly ran to tell the disciples that His body had been removed from the tomb.

As soon as they found out this distressing news, John and Peter ran to the tomb to see what in the world had happened. John was younger than Peter and so he easily outran him and arrived at the tomb first.

Mary Magdalene followed John and Peter to the tomb. Although the two disciples went home after viewing the tomb, Mary stood outside the burial cave crying. She walked up to the open entrance to the rock-hewn grave and looked inside. An amazing sight caught her attention! Two angels were sitting inside the tomb. 

"Why are you crying," they inquired.

"They have taken away my Lord and I do not know where they have laid Him."

Soon she would see Jesus alive, although at first she thought He was the gardener.  When He called her name, she recognized Him and worshiped Him with unspeakable joy!

John and Peter missed out on what Mary experienced of the angels and of meeting the risen Christ Himself that morning. That's because they left the scene of the tomb to return to be with the other disciples while Mary remained behind at the tomb. 

However, even though they missed out on what she experienced, John believed without even seeing Jesus or the angels either! This is what he saw that caused him to believe. When John and Peter went to the cave to check things out, John didn't go inside right away as Peter did. But John did see the linen burial cloths on the slab where Jesus' body had been placed.

Neither John nor Peter knew that Jesus must rise from the dead, even though Jesus had told His disciples that He would die and then be resurrected after three days.

What convinced John? Was it just the empty tomb itself? No, there was something strangely unusual about the grave cloth.

You see, great care had been taken to enbalm the body of the Lord Jesus. It was wrapped in linen cloths according to the Jewish custom of that day. The Jews used about 100 pounds of spices to apply to the deceased and then wrapped the burial cloth round and round the entire body. You've probably seen Egyptian mummies or pictures of them. The Jews practiced a similar custom when they enbalmed bodies.

The preparation of Jesus' body for burial was done properly. No shortcuts were taken. His body was placed in the tomb fully wrapped from head to toe. His head was wrapped separately with a napkin.  This preparation for burial was done with respect and love by two men who came forward to show their love. These men were Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. They had not just thrown his body into the cave and left it, but had spent their own money to give Jesus -- who was considered a common criminal -- an honorable burial. In fact, the grave where Jesus was buried belonged to Joseph of Arimathea, who had purchased it for his own burial place.

On the morning of the resurrection, Peter and John were startled when they viewed those same grave clothes. For you see, the linen cloth that that had been glued together with all those spices had collapsed but was still intact. Wonder of wonders -- the body was gone!

Here was supernatural evidence of the resurrection right in the tomb!

Seeing the grave cloth caused John to believe. But Mary had viewed the same grave cloth but had not believed. Why wasn't Mary convinced by looking at the grave clothes as John had been? Apparently she didn't take the time to study them.

When Peter and John viewed the grave clothes, there seemed to be a distance from the napkin around Jesus's head and the rest of His torso. However, both the cloth wrapped around his body and the napkin around His head were intact and not unwrapped. You see -- the Lord rose right through the grave cloth wrappings and passed right through the wall in His resurrection body!

The evidence of the intact and not unwrapped grave clothes reveal that Jesus' body was not stolen by His friends or enemies either. That's because anyone wanting to take His body would have taken Him as he was -- enbalmed. They certainly wouldn't have unwrapped the grave cloth, taken the body out and then rewrapped the grave cloth. His enemies wouldn't have wanted to unwrap the burial cloth either. If someone -- either friend or enemy -- would have tried to steal the body of Jesus, the grave robber would have been in a rush since time would have been of the essence. So Jesus's body was not stolen by friends or enemies either. The Lord Jesus Christ rose supernaturally!

The grave cloths declared that Christ rose from the dead!

The early believers knew that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead! They were willing to preach to the world and die for their belief that Jesus had risen again!

What about you? Do you believe in Jesus Christ's resurrection! Do you believe that He is living? If you trust Him, you will be saved!


Resurrection & life in Christ can be yours too!



The Miraculous Catch of Fish

After Jesus rose again, He showed Himself to his disciples at the Sea of Galilee.

And here's how it happened. Simon Peter and several other disciples had returned to their old business of fishing and they had fished all night, but caught nothing. In the morning, Jesus stood on the seashore, but the disciples didn't recognize Him.

Jesus asked them, "Children, do you have any meat?"

"No," they answered.

Then He commanded, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you'll find."

So they wisely obeyed even though they still didn't know who He was. They cast their net into the sea one more time. Although they had been fishing all night with no results, this time they caught so many fish they weren't able to lift them into the boat!

Suddenly John recognized Jesus! "It's the Lord!" He exclaimed to Peter.

Then Peter hurriedly wrapped his coat around him and threw himself into the water to swim to Jesus.

The other disciples followed in a small boat dragging the net filled with fishes behind them. When they arrived on land, they found a coal fire burning and fish laid on it and bread too.

Jesus called to them, "Bring the fish you've caught."

So Peter dragged the net to land full of large fish -- all 153 of them! Even though there were so many fish, the net didn't break.

Jesus said to his disciples, "Come and eat."

None of the disciples dared ask Him Who He was since they know it was the Lord.

Then Jesus gave the hungry disciples bread and fish for breakfast.

This was the third time Jesus showed himself to His disciples after He risen from the dead.