Man Alive! The Problem With The Resurrection
The resurrection of Christ that we celebrate every day was a huge problem when it happened. It was hard for them to fathom or accept. Things have not changed. Do you believe in the resurrection?
Indeed, it may be safely asserted that the resurrection of Christ is the most important fact in the history of the world. — Charles Hodge
It is all very easy for infidels to say that these disciples were deceived, but it is equally foolish, for these persons could not every one of them have been so positively deceived as to say that they had seen this man, whom they knew to have been dead, afterwards alive; they could not all, surely, have agreed together to help on this masquerade: If they did, it is the most marvelous thing we have on record, that not one of them ever broke faith with the others, but that the whole mass of them remained firm. We believe it to be quite impossible that so many rogues should have agreed forever. — Charles Spurgeon
How I Imagined Those Guards
Oh darn! He’s gone!
What are we going to do now? He was dead. We were guarding him. Now he is gone. He can’t be alive. Can he?
Man-o-man…he was trouble before he died; what in the world are we going to do now?
We’ll never be able to live this down. If this gets out, we’re going to be the laughingstock of all the religions — especially ours.
Okay, can we be honest here? I liked the guy. I thought he was interesting, and I do like interesting.
But he was taking over, influencing way too many people. He was cutting into our power and damaging our reputation. We had to do something; we were losing control.
I kinda liked him too, but I agree it was right to kill him; we had to get our power back. Right? And this story would go down as another one of those Messiah stories.
Now I’m wondering if what he was saying about himself was actually true. Do you think he was the Son of God?
Come on; that can’t be true. Can it?
That’s weird. Don’t you think it’s weird? Cool, maybe, but weird? And a little eccentric, but kinda cool, I’ll give you that.
Hey, you remember the healing thing? That blind dude? Now that was cool. The other Messiahs couldn’t do that. And good grief, when he called Lazarus out. That’s when I knew he had to go.
I thought he was working for the Devil.
Didn’t matter who he was working for; he had to die.
But where did He go? Coming out of this tomb is crossing the line. There is no way God sent His Son to take over the world.
Don’t matter; we killed him.
Yeah, we conquered the so-called Conqueror. He’s dead.
Sure, but you’d better find him.
We’ve got to find him, and he better not be alive when we do.
If he is alive, we’ll kill him again and put him back in this tomb. People can’t find out about this. Fan out boys. Go and find him, and you better not come back until you have him.
If you don’t find him and others realize he’s out of the tomb, his last act will affirm everything he ever did or said. Even those who were not committed will follow him. This thing can spread like wildfire.
Make haste. We’ve got to put an end to this now!! Imagine what would happen if people really believed the resurrection and started following this man?
You don’t believe, do you?
Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. — Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, 1 Corinthians 15:3–7 (ESV)
Originally published at Rick Thomas.