In this post, we want to discuss the various Myths, stories and fictitious heresies about the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
If the enemy can discredit Jesus’ resurrection, he destroys one of the foundations of Christianity. V
arious rumours were circulated about Jesus’ death. Many of the ‘Christian’ cults have used these rumours as a basis for their false teachings, leading others astray:
1. Mat. 28:11-15 records that the Jewish elders’ bribed the guards at the tomb to say that: “His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep”. Heretics have claimed this ever since, even though there was a big stone in front of the opening and soldiers, who would be severely punished for sleeping, guarded the tomb.
2. Another theory: “Jesus really fainted and was revived in the cool tomb”. Roman soldiers were good at their job, they made sure each person was really dead before taking them off the cross. In piercing His side, blood and water gushed out, the sign that death had occurred.
3. However, Scripture records eight main proofs of His resurrection
a. The two Marys saw an empty tomb (Mat. 28:5-6)
b. Angels added their witness of Jesus’ resurrection (Acts 1:10),
c. He was seen by many, in 12 separate appearances. Over 500 saw Him during the 40 days before He went to the Father (1 Cor. 15:6, Acts 1:3),
d, Jesus ate food showing that He was body as well as spirit.
e. Stephen saw Jesus at the right hand of the Father (Acts 7:56),
f. Paul encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 22:8),
g. The apostles witnessed that He was raised from the dead. Each one was so convinced of what they saw that they were martyred for their belief about Jesus’ resurrection.
Only God can raise the dead so even God is a witness for Jesus. If the facts were not true, an outcry would have occurred by those who were ‘supposed witnesses’.
4. Was Jesus ‘Begotten’ or created?
John 6:38, 6:46-47, Col. 1:15-17 say that ‘Jesus’ was involved in creation. Did Jesus the man stand with God the Spirit and speak the worlds into existence? There is not one Old Testament verse, which talks about Jesus the man existing before His birth in Bethlehem.
John 1:1-4, 14 gives us insight: “The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us.” It was the spoken Word of God that created all things. Jesus is the result of the Words of God, fusing with a human egg in the womb of Mary. In other words Yahweh, Father God, is Jesus’ father and Mary is Jesus earthly mother. Jesus is both the ‘Son of God’ and the ‘Son of Man’. He is truly both God and Man.
Remember, salvation was God’s idea before the beginnings of creation, a masterpiece plan of grace, love and redemption. We can see that the pre-existing Word become flesh as that helpless Babe, born into the savage times of the Roman empire.
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:6-11)
Centre stage belongs to Jesus Christ. He fulfilled all the OT prophecies and ushered in a season in God’s great plan through His preaching of the kingdom, His death and His triumphant resurrection. Jesus has now ascended into heaven, but the good news of the kingdom is still being proclaimed by His body, the Church. The return of Jesus as Judge will end time as we know it.
Susanne Fengler, Blog Author
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Endnote 1. The Handbook of the Bible, The Gospels and Jesus Christ, page 408