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What are the 7 best evidences for why we believe Jesus Rose from the Dead?

What are the 7 evidences for why we believe Jesus Rose from the Dead?

What is the “Body of Proof?”

The Easter event overwhelmed the followers of Jesus to such an extent that it dominated their thought and became the very center of their preaching. Indeed, the message that Jesus himself had proclaimed was subordinated to the proclamation of his resurrection. Does the resurrection of Jesus dominate your Christian life? How can we grow in our appreciation and understanding of the physical, bodily resurrection of Jesus? I did my Ph.D. research on the physical, bodily resurrection of Jesus, which I defended in the United Kingdom in 2012. In 2015, my 90,000+ word thesis was published as an academic monograph with Bloomsbury T & T Clark. 

What is the “Body of Proof”? Here are seven compelling reasons I believe Jesus rose from the dead (there are additional reasons, too!). Let me encourage you to watch and share the four videos linked in this email. Please note, in the video above, my message begins at the 13:47 mark.

1.     The resurrection of Jesus is the only way we ultimately make sense of the suffering in our lives.

Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

2.     Jesus foretold it – #OnTheThirdDay

Hosea 6:2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.

Mark 8:31; Mark 9:31; Mark 10:33-34

1 Corinthians 15:4 … that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures

3.     Jesus demonstrated resurrection power.

Mark 5:21-43: Jairus’ daughter.

Luke 7:11-17 Widow of Nain’s son.

John 11:1-44: Lazarus

4.     Jesus’s bodily resurrection was not what his disciples (or any other Jews, for that matter) anticipated.

Peter said, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you” (Matt 16:22).

4Q285 (DSS) – Messiah kills the Roman emperor.

Luke 24:21, “We had hoped he was the messiah …”

5.     The sources written and archeological overwhelmingly support the resurrection narrative embedded in the Gospels.

1 Corinthians 15:3-7 – no passage in the NT is taken more seriously by biblical scholars. Creed: Source material for this creed is the oldest in the New Testament.

6.     It is the only convincing explanation for the conversion of those who did not follow Jesus during his ministry (Then he appeared to James).

“Is this not the carpenter? … And they took offense at him.” (Mark 6:3)

“Not even his brothers believed in him.” (John 7:5)

“He is out of His mind.” (Mark 3:21)

7.     It is the only convincing explanation for the historical fact that everywhere the Christian faith goes and is embraced, culture is dramatically changed and made better.

Will you commit to living a resurrection-centric life?

He is Risen Indeed!

– Jeremiah J. Johnston, Ph.D.

Did you see our previous two Holy Week emails? For your convenience, here they are:

Holy Week 2021 Email 1 – The resurrection of Jesus is the only way we make sense of the suffering in our lives

Holy Week 2021 Email 2 – Why We Glory in the Cross! Special message from Dr. Jeremiah Johnston

Why Can We Trust in the Bodily Resurrection? – Part 1

Why Can We Trust in the Bodily Resurrection? – Part 2

LINKS: An mp3 of the interview can be downloaded here and the transcript of the interview is available here. Please feel free to share and encourage others this Holy Week!

A Personal Update From Jeremiah

 

In praise of your fellowship, prayers, and our God Who answers, I am delighted to share I had the “final” appointment with my colon surgeon on Monday, March 1st. I am healed. In fact, I just finished a 4-mile jog. God’s grace has worked mightily in my life (and continues). I am so thankful for your prayers, which honestly left me overwhelmed with gratitude. I will never forget laying in the hospital room reading some of the messages from my brothers and sisters in Christ. Our ministry is powered by God’s grace and your prayers. I am focused on all God has for Christian Thinkers Society moving forward. Finally, I realize you likely receive many emails, so if you have missed some of our recent health updates (or you’re wondering, ‘wait, you had surgery on your colon?’) you can find those here, here, here, and here.

I hope you’ll join me this Thursday evening for a live-streamed event, “Finding Peace in Anxious Times” (additional information below) hosted by the wonderful Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, MI, with excellent panelists and our dear friend and gifted Bible teacher, Susie Larson.

We hide the problem behind phrases like “an unprecedented year,” “a new normal,” or “a challenging season.”

There is another virtual event I want to make you aware of, which is timely. Christian Thinkers must be activated in the mental wellness discussion! We hide the problem behind phrases like “an unprecedented year,” “a new normal,” or “a challenging season.” But the truth is that all of us are dealing with more strains on our mental health than we’ve ever experienced…and many in the church are surviving instead of thriving. When there’s a gap between what we think we should be feeling as Christians–joyful, grateful, blessed–and how we really feel–exhausted, worried, hopeless–it’s hard to know where to turn. I am delighted to join this panel of Christian Thinkers have been there, whether through personal experience with anxiety and depression or through extensive counseling training and practice. We want to equip you with practical advice for addressing mental health issues during difficult times, sharing:

-Insights on the reality of mental health struggles, even among believers

-Truths to apply to both everyday stress and overwhelming attacks of anxiety

-Ways to discern what habits and practices can provide peace and focus

Whether you’re looking to improve your own mental health or want to better understand and care for those you love who are struggling, this roundtable discussion is for you.

The event is free and all you need to do is register your attendance, here. 

Date And Time

Thu, March 4, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST

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Jeremiah J. Johnston, Ph.D.

Roundtable Discussion

Recently I participated in a roundtable discussion, “Finding Peace in Anxious Times,” with two other panelists (Jamie Grace and Jean Holthaus) hosted by Susie Larson and the Baker Book House. Our one-hour discussion and QnA session is now available in its entirety on YouTube. I hope you will watch,  share, and most importantly practice the ministry of presence is someone’s life who may be hurting.

We hide the problem behind phrases like “an unprecedented year,” “a new normal,” or “a challenging season.”

The truth is that all of us are dealing with more strains on our mental health than we’ve ever experienced…and many in the church are surviving instead of thriving. When there’s a gap between what we think we should be feeling as Christians–joyful, grateful, blessed–and how we really feel–exhausted, worried, hopeless–it’s hard to know where to turn. I was delighted to join this panel of Christian Thinkers have been there, whether through personal experience with anxiety and depression or through extensive counseling training and practice. This discussion will equip you with practical advice for addressing mental health issues during difficult times, sharing:

-Insights on the reality of mental health struggles, even among believers

-Truths to apply to both everyday stress and overwhelming attacks of anxiety

-Ways to discern what habits and practices can provide peace and focus

Whether you’re looking to improve your own mental health or want to better understand and care for those you love who are struggling, this roundtable discussion is for you.

Jeremiah J. Johnston, Ph.D.

​P.S. Please don’t forget about my new book Unleashing Peace …. coming soon! We need this message of Shalom … like yesterday! 

New Discoveries in the Dead Sea Wilderness

New Discoveries in the Dead Sea Wilderness

Photo credit: Shai Halevi, The IAA (Israel Antiquities Authority), more photos can be found here.

16 March 2021

Important update from Professor Craig Evans, founding board member of Christian ThinkersSociety, dear friend, colleague, and academic mentor of Dr. Jeremiah J. Johnston.

 

This morning it was announced in Israel that more discoveries have been made in the Dead Sea wilderness region, where in the 1940s–1960s some one thousand ancient Jewish scrolls were found. What led to the recent discovery was the launch of “Operation Scroll,” an effort to survey and eventually explore hundreds of caves in this region that might contain ancient antiquities, including scrolls.

This effort led to the 2017 discovery of a cave near Qumran that contained ceramic jars that at one time probably contained scrolls. Archaeologists think that this cave had been looted in the 1950s, which could account for the appearance of ancient scrolls whose place of discovery was unknown.

The latest success of Operation Scroll has resulted in the discovery of fragments of books of prophecy by Zechariah and Nahum. These fragments were found at Nahal Hever in the “Cave of Horror,” so-called because of the discovery of forty human skeletons during the original excavation in the 1960s. It was at Nahal Hever that a Greek Minor Prophets scroll was discovered. The new fragments, eighty in all, should add to our knowledge to this important scroll. (See the image above of one of the Greek fragments.)

These scroll fragments were hidden in the cave during the great revolt against Roman control of Israel in 132 to 135 AD. This revolt was led by a man named Simon bar Kosiba, who gained the title “Bar Kokhba,” or “Son of the Star,” inspired by the prophecy of Numbers 24:17 “A star shall go forth from Jacob, and a scepter shall arise from Israel.” This important passage was understood to refer to the coming Messiah. Some thought Simon was the fulfillment of the prophecy. Alas, Simon’s rebellion led to a catastrophic defeat and the expulsion of the Jewish people from their homeland. The Jewish people were without a homeland until 1948.

One of the interesting features of the recently announced Greek fragments of Zechariah and Nahum is that the name of God appears written in Hebrew — not Greek — which testifies to the great respect the Jewish people had for God. The scribe who wrote this biblical scroll felt that the name of God could only be written in the original Hebrew, not in Greek translation.

It is very probable that more discoveries will be announced in the years to come.

Professor Craig A. Evans

Christian Thinkers Society

P.S. If you have further questions related to this discovery, please contact Professor Evans here.

Jeremiah and Craig in the Griffith Papyrology Lab, Sackler Library, Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford.

Excited to hold my first academic chapter published in German on the “Kingdom of God” in Mohr Siebeck’s “Jesus Handbuch” – co-authored with my friend and colleague, Professor Craig A. Evans Mohr Siebeck | Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company will also be publishing the chapter for an English version. This book will be read by “dozens” at most, but it is important to continue to shine the Light in the academic world, too! Plus, our article on the “Kingdom of God” is a very important subject.