Some people or religions try to explain away Jesus’ death on the cross. They use all types of reasons to deny that Jesus actually died.
One religion believes that the face of Judas was changed to look like Jesus and it was Judas that was crucified. And that Jesus hid for three days and then appeared.
With so much evidence to prove Jesus actually died I thought I would post some of them today. They are complete with Bible verses.
- His death was predicted in the OT (Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 53; Daniel 9:26);
- It is verified, eyewitness accounts in the NT (Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19);
- Jesus announced it many times (Matthew 12:40; 17:22–23; John 2:19–21; 10:10–11);
- The nature of His crucifixion guaranteed His death;
- The nature of His wounds and many hours of bleeding assured death;
- The piercing of Jesus’ side with the spear proved it (John 19:34);
- Jesus’ death cry indicates it (Luke 23:46–49; see John 19:30) was heard by those who stood by (Luke 23:47–49);
- The Roman executioners pronounced Jesus dead (John 19:33);
- Pilate double-checked to make sure Jesus was dead before he released the corpse (Mark 15:44–45);
- Being wrapped in about 100 pounds of cloth and spices in a sealed and guarded tomb confirmed it (Matthew 27:60; John 19:39–40);
- Non-Christian historians and writers from the first and second centuries recorded the death of Christ. For example, the Jewish historian in the time of Christ, Josephus, believed that Jesus died on the cross.
- The earliest Christian writers after the time of Christ affirmed His death on the cross by crucifixion.
- Medical authorities who have examined the circumstances and nature of Christ’s death have concluded that He actually died on the cross.
Jesus really did die and He really did rise again.
I noticed something interesting in Matthew 28 this morning. After Jesus was resurrected He called the disciples brothers, not disciples.
In Matthew 28:10 says… Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
After the resurrection Jesus declared that His God was now their God, and His Father their Father.
Through resurrection, the disciples had become the brothers of Jesus. The adoption process was complete.
It is the same for us today. When we receive Christ, we are adopted into God’s eternal family. Our adoption is complete too.
I just found this interesting. I had never noticed or focussed on that before when reading it.
I had an interesting thought today. I was reflecting on some of the callings of people in the Bible. Often when they were called, they were busy doing something else.
Here are a few examples…
1. Gideon was threshing wheat.
2. Moses was tending sheep.
3. Saul was working on his father’s farm.
4. David was tending sheep.
5. Amos was gathering fruit.
6. Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishing.
7. Matthew was collecting taxes.
That old saying, “God steers a moving vehicle” makes sense. Today I encourage you to keep moving and keep your ears open.
One of the tricks I learnt at Bible College was to memorise the chapter headings in your Bible. This was to help you remember where things are. This really helped me a lot, especially when talking to others and you can’t remember the exact verse numbers.
One of the tasks we were given was to remember the chapters headings for the book of Acts. It was part of our exam and went like this…
- The promise of the Holy Spirit
- The Ascension of Jesus
- Matthias replaces Judas
- The Holy Spirit comes
- Peter preaches to a crowd
- The believers meet together
- Peter heals a crippled beggar
- Peter preaches in the Temple
As you can see from just the first three chapters, the headings can give you a good starting point of where things are located in your Bible. Even if you can’t remember the exact verse, you will know where to start.
I hope this tip helps you to know your Bible a bit better. It has really helped me.
I am someone who has learned over the years to take time and ponder things. I intentionally build lots of time into my week to think backwards about what has happened and think forwards prayerfully about the things coming up.
I find it helps me to be in tune with myself and with God. It helps me to order in my mind what has happened and prepare for what it ahead.
In today’s Our Daily Bread it touches on pondering God and the things He has done in our lives. Here is a snippet…
“Parents love to remember the developmental milestones of their children. They will record in a baby book when their little ones first roll over, then crawl, and take their first steps. Often they will take photographs and save baby clothing to bring back the memories of those precious experiences.
According to Luke 2:19, Mary, the mother of Jesus, kept a baby book of sorts—in her heart. She treasured the promises that had been given about her Son and “pondered them.” The Greek word for “ponder” means “placing together for comparison.” Mary had heard of great things concerning her Son from angels and shepherds (1:32; 2:17-18). As His life unfolded, she would compare those promises with how her Son acted to fulfill them.
Our faith will be strengthened and we will be encouraged when we meditate on what the Scriptures say about God and compare it with the way He works in our own lives (John 14:21). He is a God who answers prayer (1 John 5:14-15), comforts us in our suffering (2 Cor. 1:3-4), and provides for our needs (Phil. 4:19).”
The devotion finishes with this great pearl of wisdom. “When we take time to ponder, we will see the faithfulness of our great God.”
Today I would encourage you to take some time out and ponder what God has been doing in your life and what is coming up that you know about.