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The Resurrection: Fact or Fiction?

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Lesson

What led a band of defeated followers of a failed Messianic claimant begin to preach him as Lord and God? If the resurrection is fiction, then the belief of the early church still needs to be explained. Alternate explanations fail to impress; and there is evidence for a bodily resurrection.

Outline

I. THE INADEQUACY OF ALTERNATE EXPLANATIONS

A. The swoon theory (Jesus did not actually die)

B. Jesus’ disciples stole the body

C. The women went to the wrong tomb

D. Mass hallucination (subjective visions)

E. Legendary or mythological explanations

1. The lack of actual parallels

2. The uniqueness of the Christian claim

II. EVIDENCE FOR A BODILY RESURRECTION

A. The testimony of Paul

B. Jewish belief

C. Change from Sabbath to Sunday worship

D. Women as first witnesses

E. Restrained descriptions compared to Apocrypha

F. No tomb venerated in early centuries

G. Deut. 21:23 “contradicted”

H. No Jewish expectation of resurrection before Judgment Day