Resurrection Day 2008

Be Ye Dumbfounded

When Jesus rose from the dead that first Easter morning His disciples did something rather unexpected. They freaked out and then ran back into hiding. Even though He had told them on several occasions exactly what was going to happen to Him; even though they had seen Him raise the dead, command the weather, walk on water, give sight to the blind, etc., etc., etc.; even though the very first time they had met Him three years earlier, they had believed and said all the most profound theological truths about Him that anyone can believe (John 1:29, 41, 45, 49)…they still freaked out.

When one of them, Peter, finally realized and accepted that Jesus truly was alive again, the best response he could come up with was, "I am going fishing." And six of the other disciples said, "We will also come with you."

May we be equally baffled and amazed! We have the wonderful experience of being saved and brought into the church. Then we walk with Christ and see all sorts of wonderful miracles and answered prayers. But at some point troubles hit and our faith is challenged. A lot of times we don’t understand what God is doing or how we are supposed to move forward. Then things get really nasty and all the scholars and scientists start telling us that Jesus is dead. And we want to run into hiding. May we be dumbstruck all over again with the reality of the living God.

Surely He will understand our struggle. After all, He invited His disciples to come back to shore and enjoy a barbeque on the beach.

Featured Articles

The Answer is the Resurrection
Steve Cable
Probe Research Associate Steve Cable examines the hope of the resurrection, and how to communicate this wonderful truth to others. (New to LeaderU)

The Resurrection: Fact or Fiction?
Pat Zuckeran
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.

Additional 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.

Links to off-site resources

But Christ Has Been Raised, You Are Not Still In Your Sins
John Piper
In this Easter Sermon, John Piper describes what it means to be "in Christ" instead of "in your sins".

Did Jesus Rise From Death?: The Evidence for Easter
Mark Driscoll
In this article the author Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church of Seattle, outlines the Biblical and circumstantial evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. (pdf format)