He Is Risen

A famous passage in the Bible reveals a key question that Jesus asked his disciples: "Who do men say that I am?" This query elicited different responses as the disciples restated the answers they had heard. This question is still relevant today. And it still brings forth a variety of answers. Who do the men of today say that Jesus is? Is He a great teacher, a famous prophet, or perhaps a social revolutionary? Is He more than any one of these? He is the founder of a great religion. But so are Confucius, Mohammed and others. Except for the calendar being based on His birth, is Jesus truly unique in the annals of history?

Consider this: what if Mohammed, Buddha and other great religious founders never really existed, or at least not in the way that we currently recognize them? Suppose their followers used those now-famous names to develop literary characters to present their teachings, much like Plato did with Socrates in his philosophical dialogues. Would that make those religions any more or less true? It might mean something about how they were presented, but wouldn't the principles be just as valid, or invalid, as they are now? The same cannot be said for Christianity. If Jesus never lived, died and resurrected then Christianity has no validity. And it is specifically the Resurrection that answers the question of who Jesus is. If He did indeed rise from the dead, we are compelled to answer as the apostle Peter did when asked, "Who do you say that I am?"

Feature Article:

The Resurrection: Fact or Fiction?
Pat Zukeran
What is the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead? How does one confront the argument of skeptics with regard to this matter? This article considers these issues in a very accessible format.

More Articles:

The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus
William Lane Craig
The author considers the theological arguments that advocate a non-physical Resurrection of Jesus.

Cruci-fiction and Resuscitation: The Greatest Hoax in the History of Humanity?
Russ Wise
A campus newspaper runs an advertisement claiming that the Resurrection is an elaborate hoax. This author gives a comprehensive response to that ad.

The Historicity of the Empty Tomb of Jesus
William Lane Craig
Is the Resurrection story an embarrassment to Christians? The author considers the historical legitimacy of this event with a scholarly approach.

Evidence for the Resurrection
Josh McDowell
For centuries many of the world's distinguished philosophers have assaulted Christianity as being irrational, superstitious and absurd. Many have chosen simply to ignore the central issue of the resurrection. Others have tried to explain it away through various theories. But the historical evidence just can't be discounted.

Contemporary Scholarship and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
William Lane Craig
During the last century liberal theology had no use for the historical resurrection of Jesus. Liberal theologians retained the presupposition against the possibility of miracles.

Easter: Myth, Hallucination, or History?
Edwin M. Yamauchi
That the Resurrection of Christ is the core of Christianity can hardly be denied. Whether that conviction is rooted in myth, in hallucination, or in history has often been debated.

The Disciples' Inspection of the Empty Tomb
William Lane Craig
Although all four gospels recount the Resurrection, only two mention the disciples examining the empty tomb. There are scholarly differences on how these accounts in "Luke" and "John" relate. The author considers the merit of each position.

The Guard at the Tomb
William Lane Craig
Only one gospel mentions a guard at the tomb of Jesus. Does this mean that there might not have really been one there?

An Easter Quiz
Dale Taliaferro
Do you know what gospel records which events related to the Passion and Resurrection? Take this Easter Quiz to test your knowledge. It is fun and informative.

Smoke and Mirrors at the Crystal Cathedral
Michael R. Linton
Could there be a Passion Play with a non-Christian message? Examining such a possibility brings us back to the essentials.

Related Articles

Beyond Blind Faith
Paul E. Little
We must scan the horizon of history to see if there is any clue to God's revelation. There is one clear clue. In an obscure village in Palestine, almost 2,000 years ago, a Child was born in a stable. Today the entire world is still celebrating the advent of Jesus. Was He God? Did He rise from the dead?

The Gospels as Historical Sources for Jesus, The Founder of Christianity
R. T. France
Various writings outside of the New Testament are considered for their historical merit regarding the life of Christ. After sorting through them, we are left with the gospel accounts. How accurate are they? Should they be trusted?

Miracles and Modern Scientific Thought
Norman Geisler
This article explores the subject of miracles by examining the many objections against them by Enlightenment thinkers. Are miracles simply matters of fluke or faith?

The Deity of Christ
Don Closson
Does Jesus claim to be God? Is he God? This article considers these questions by examining the passages from the Bible and other early Christian writings.

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