People do not rise from the dead. That was my opinion the first 19 years of my life. I grew up in the church and attended Sunday school as a boy. I also read my Bible and watched all the Jesus movies on television. But in my heart, where no one else can see, I did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ because those I respected said it couldn’t be true. People do not rise from the dead. And yet, today I believe. What changed my mind and my life as a result of it? Please listen to my story below. I think you’ll find it helpful and encouraging.
To encourage you to listen, here’s a synopsis of what you’ll hear – 3 reasons I believe in the Resurrection. First there’s the historical reason. Did you know that over 500 eyewitnesses testified to seeing Jesus alive after He was crucified and buried? A handful of people might be convinced to believe or fabricate a lie, but a conspiracy involving 500 people? And what did they get for it? Many were so sure it was true that they were willing to be martyred for their faith!
There’s also the Biblical reason. The Scriptures predicted that Messiah would be born, rejected, crucified, and finally raised from the dead. These are the same Scriptures that were perfectly fulfilled by His birth and life – born in Bethlehem of the tribe of Judah and the family of David with power over disease, death, and devils. So why would the predictions of His resurrection not be fulfilled as well?
But most important of all is the personal reason. Recognizing that life was beyond my control, yet hoping the Bible was true, I bowed my head as a college student and prayed, “Jesus, if you’re real, please come into my heart and fill me with your Spirit.” And He did! He came into my life, gave me the faith to believe in Him, and began to bless me in ways I never could have predicted.
To hear the rest of my story, please click on the link above. But before you do, ask the Lord Jesus to speak to you through it and give you the faith to believe in Him and follow Him too. For HE IS RISEN! He is risen indeed!