April 21, 2000

Today is good Friday, and I thought I would use the occasion to talk about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most significant event in history. It is the strongest evidence that Jesus is the Son of God. It is the event that gives men and women the sure hope of eternal life.

The empty tomb has stumped so many skeptics. They concoct various theories as to why the tomb was empty, but they must come to grips with the fact that even the enemies of Christianity had to admit the tomb was empty. And the corpse of Jesus was never found. Not one historical record is written attacking the facts surrounding the empty tomb or claiming discovery of the corpse.

Tom Anderson, former president of the California Trial Lawyers Association says, "Let's assume that the written accounts of His appearance to hundreds of people are false. I want to pose a question. With an event so well publicized, don't you think that it's reasonable that one historian, one eye witness, one antagonist would record for all time that he had seen Christ's body?" He concludes that "The silence of history is deafening when it comes to the testimony against the resurrection."

And what would explain the change in the disciples? At the crucifixion they flee the scene and deny they were with Christ. Soon they were bold in their witness often facing tremendous persecution. In fact, most of them died martyrs' deaths.

The resurrection proclaims that Jesus was who He said He was. He was the Messiah. He was and is the Son of God. So this Sunday let's proclaim once again; "The Lord is risen--He is risen indeed."

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.