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January 11, 2020

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Why We Glory in the Cross! – Special message from Dr. Jeremiah Johnston

Do you know how to take “screen-shots” with your phone or computer? I would encourage you to take plenty of “screen-shots” during my video message “Why We Glory in the Cross.”

Skeptics say we cannot trust the gospels. They are not historically unreliable, says the skeptic. Really? Notice the crucifixion spike of Jehohanan discovered in 1967.

  • The iron spike is 11.5 centimeters or 4.5 inches.
  • Skeleton dates to the late 20s on the basis of coin evidence.
  • Pontius Pilate would have been governor or prefect of Judea.
  • Learn more in my video message and please feel free to share!

Dear test,

I a mountain-peak passage of importance related to the physical, bodily resurrection of Jesus, Paul began in an interesting way: “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel …” Wait, what? Paul needed to remind the Corinthians “of the gospel”? Exactly. Why did the Corinthians, and why do you (and me), need to be reminded? Because the power of the Gospel is so easy to forget. Let us never forget, without Jesus death and resurrection, there is no good news or Gospel! 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the central point of Christianity, and has been since the earliest days of the faith, which is why I am sending you numerous emails this week with hours of content to equip you to live a resurrection-centric faith! Followers of Christianity do not have to take the bodily resurrection of Jesus on faith alone because the evidence is so persuasive. Furthermore, I want to teach you why the resurrection of Jesus is not only historically impactful, but transformationally energizes your walk with Christ from day to day. 

The claim that Jesus was truly resurrected assumed a heavy burden of proof. What persuaded Jesus’ followers to speak of Jesus’ resurrection was their conviction that Jesus had died, had been buried in a known place, and had exited that place. These factors, in combination with His appearances, convinced His followers that Jesus was indeed the bodily resurrected messiah.

Early believers had little to gain in their society and everything to lose for believing in the risen Lord. Jesus was a pariah in both Roman and Jewish cultures. Yet, His resurrection gave proof that He was Lord, and that followers of Christ could experience eternal life as well. John 14:19 is one of the greatest promises in the New Testament: “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.”

I have great news for you today. Jesus Christ rose from the dead and He lives, and there are great evidences for that belief.

As Christians, let’s commit to three principles related to the resurrection of Jesus:

1) we must recover a resurrection-centric faith,

2) we should refresh our minds with evidence of the resurrection, and

3) we should recommit to live the mission of the resurrection.

No matter what life throws at you, the resurrection promises that God is a God of new beginnings. The resurrection changes everything.

The fact that Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to disciples and followers changed the course of history, and Christianity continues to influence the world for good. The hope that is found through Jesus is the basis for the Gospel. Paul writes, “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (I Corinthians 15:14). He goes on to say, “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (I Corinthians 15:20).

Wherever you’re at, I pray this program equips you with evidence for the faith. Let the power of the resurrection fuel you every week of your Christian life!

– Jeremiah J. Johnston, Ph.D.

Some of Jeremiah’s teaching reminders from his presenter slides are below …

  • One half of John’s Gospel and 1/3rd of Matthew, Mark, and Luke focus on the death of Jesus Christ.
  • There are 10 sermons in the book of Acts: Five by Peter and five given by Paul … each of them focus on the cross and the impact of the death of Christ.
  • So convinced of the power of the cross was Paul that he determined to know nothing “except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Cor 2:2)
  • Paul authors the greatest document ever written called the Book of Romans and makes it clear that we are “justified by his blood” and “reconciled to God though the death of his Son. Romans 5:9-10
  • No wonder Paul boasted in nothing except the cross – Galatians 6:14
  • Finally, in the Book of Revelation 28 xs Jesus is symbolized as the lamb … the lamb who was slain. Our salvation is eternal, our redemption is endless because our names are written in the Lambs book of life … what’s more the redeemed people fo God … that number that no-one could count who are drawn from every nation and langue and stand before God’s throne  .that dramatic scene in Revelation 7…
  • And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. (Rev 7:10)
  • We stand righteous before God … in robes washed white in the blood of the lamb (Rev 7:14)
  • This is where God promises to wipe every tear from our eyes.
  • The Lamb’s name is written on our foreheads in Revelation 14:1

If you missed my earlier email with links to the conversation Sheila Walsh had with me on the importance of the resurrection of Jesus, you can click here or on the image below.