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May 14, 2021 1:00 am
We know the Olympic Games began in ancient Greece because historical writings tell us so. Similarly, historical records provide massive amounts of evidence that Jesus rose from the dead. Christ’s resurrection is as certain as any event in history.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
One with enduring rain forests looking to Jesus thunder and we know the Olympic Games began in ancient Greece. Because historical writings so there is massive evidence that says Jesus rose from the dead Christ resurrection is as certain as any event in history.
The Moody Church in Chicago this is Dr. when Sir Jane sauce across the finish line after Luther is the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, inclusive day the one answer that question very carefully as you have already detailed why it is that we believe in the resurrection. It's as solid as any other historical event. Now to be fair, I have to say that the evidence for the resurrection is not the same as mathematical evidence. 2+2 is equal to four.
But when it comes to history. There is no event that has been so attested, so criticized by critics and get the response on the part of those who were open to historical investigation is conclusive. Christ rose from the dead.
This is the last time we are making a resource available to all who are listening. It's entitled Christ, among other gods, a defense of Christ in an age of tolerance.
I wrote this book to help people to understand why it is that Jesus Christ stands alone.
For example if somebody says will Christ is just one among many.
How do you answer that. How do college students answer that.
I remember a college student who read this book from beginning to end, and when she concluded. She said I came to know Jesus Christ as Savior because of the solid evidence that he stands alone as Savior and as God for a gift of any amount. It can be yours.
Here's what you do go to RTW offer.com RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 I'm going to be giving you that contact information again at the end of this program because even if you think this book isn't for you, you know someone who needs to read it. But now let's go to the pulpit of Moody church and once again open our hearts to God's holy truth now because unbelief rains in the human heart. There been people have looked at the Bible and settle the two must've an empty grant that they say the explanation for the empty tomb must be found somewhere else other than in a miracle.
So some people have said will the disciples stole the body member.
That's what Pilate was worried about when he said you know, so that the the disciples don't come and steal his body set a watch. They guarded the tomb. I need to ask you something. If the disciples stole the body they would not have laid down their lives for something they knew to be a whole people and lay down their lives for foolish causes, but not for things that they believe were foolish causes others if that will be enemies must've stolen the body, but if the enemies did it. They would produce the body when on the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up and preached with such can action about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
You see, it just doesn't work.
To say that the enemies stole it and then of course the book came out many years ago which I remember reading if you're into fiction, that's a good book to read and it illuminates the swoon theory. The ideas that Jesus really didn't die on the cross he just swooned and that he was put into that dark, cool tomb, and he was revived and then he came staggering out on the third day with bloodstains all over his body and in a weakened condition. He inspired the disciples to begin the Christian church and he convinced them of his resurrection lead is also unlikely.
All theories regarding the empty tomb collapse under the weight of other evidence found throughout history. Not everybody has been happy with the resurrection and the deity of Jesus Christ. I can assure you of that not everybody has been glad because of it right from the early centuries.
Pilate said let's put an end to this and the Pharisees wanted to put an end to it and when you think of Western civilization. Some of our greatest thinkers who have impacted us the most are people who ineffective said to themselves. We want to keep Christ in that tomb, and in most instances, they tried to keep them there by simply ignoring him. Pretending that he had no relevance to their particular disciplines or their expertise. For example, David Hume took the stone cold philosophy and said to himself. We can use philosophy to keep that tomb close so Hume taught that miracles were impossible. He said the reason that miracles are impossible is because there is uniform evidence against know if you've taken an introductory course in logic. You know that that is circular reasoning is beginning with the supposition that he wishes to probe how can you know that there is uniform evidence against miracles. All that we can do is check them out and see whether they have happened and what is a philosopher word philosophy means a lover of wisdom. How could David Hume who supposedly loved wisdom have bypassed Jesus Christ about whom the Bible says that in him are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge. How could you have done that what he tried to keep the tomb close. What about Karl Marx. You know Marx was born in the Rhineland of Germany and at the age of six, baptized a Lutheran and said very nice things about Jesus and then teamed up with angles and wrote the Communist manifesto and then to the British Museum Road. He wrote DOS Kapital. Mark saw Jesus as totally irrelevant. He said that religion was the opiate your member of the people. So Marx thought that he would come up with an economic theory and with a political theory that would surely close Christ off and keep in dad how could Marx have erred so profoundly.
How can we possibly think that Christ can be kept from politics. When the Bible says that the governments of the world. It shall be upon his shoulders and that someday he will rule as it says in Psalm two and then of course we think of Freud Freud thought that Jesus Christ was irrelevant. He believed that all believe in God was the figment of our imagination. Because all of us wanted a father figure and so we made up the idea of God and of course Freud thought that psychotherapy would answer all of our problems well today.
If you do any reading at all you know that psychotherapy is on the couch it is and in desperate desperate shape with hundreds of different theories and Freud ignored Christ to his cold in the Bible. The wonderful Counselor, mighty God, the everlasting father, the Prince of peace and all that was ignored. What about Voltaire. Voltaire thought that he could take that stone that we would call the stone of culture and he would put it across Christ tomb. Voltaire was an enemy of the church and had some reason to be critical of the church in his day, I might add, but unfortunately his criticism of the church close them off from the possibility of believing in Christ Voltaire predicted that in 100 years the Bible would be obsolete and I'm told that his house in Europe was purchased by the Geneva Bible Society after he died as a headquarters to help spread the Bible throughout Europe.
How could Voltaire have missed it is the Lily of the Valley, the bright and morning star. How do you take Christ and keep them in the two and then what shall we say about Darwin, whose tomb I remember seeing in Great Britain I Darwin thought that he could take the this stone that we call science and if the theory of origins were looked at. He thought that one could do without God, though he personally professed faith in God. Subsequent scientists said we do not need got all that evolution explains origin and so he took the stone of science and says let us keep Christ sealed in the tomb, but of course, today we know that evolution is in disarray.
In fact, the editor of the French encyclopedia said evolution is a fairytale for adult let me ask you something. How could Darwin have erred so terribly when it says regarding Jesus that he is the king of science. For by him are all things created both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, whether they be thrones, or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created by him and for him.
You cannot keep the king of science in the tomb when I sing to you today will kingdoms come and kingdoms go, but Christ lives.
Emperors are crowned and emperors are uncrowned, but Christ lives skeptics to live and I might add skeptics die, but Christ lives in King of Kings and Lord of lords, and now I invite you to turn in your Bibles to the story of the skeptic John chapter 20 the basic outlines of the story are known to all of us your member Thomas, who was a pessimist by the way, and he is not the first one who ever lived, nor is he the last.
Let's give him credit for being a loyal skeptic. When Jesus was about to go back to the city of Jerusalem after the death of Lazarus. Thomas said let us go, that we may die with him that is loyal skepticism evidently was a twin Thomas cold didymus. That's what the word means. It means the twin he was not with them when Jesus came.
Verse 25 the other disciples therefore said to him, we have seen the Lord can imagine the excitement you see.
Thomas missed a Sunday evening service and if the Lord were to appear in our Sunday evening services are the a lot of people who would miss him so Thomas was not there and and and he said to anything except the word of the disciples. He said unless I shall see in his hand.
The print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails, and he says unless I shall put my hand into his side.
I for one, am not going to believe me. I say that Thomas was an honest doubter and there is a difference between doubt and unbelief. You see, doubt stumbles over some stones that we do not understand where his unbelief often kicks at stones that we understand only too well because the evidence for Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that people who do not want to believe in him will fight against it with all of there being. And so, shouldn't believe. Certainly he should have believed for two reasons. First of all, Jesus predicted it one day. Some people came to Christ and they said that you don't do a sign that we might believe in you and Jesus said you get any more signs.
He said there's going to be one sign and that is the sign of the prophet Jonah. Just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the heart of the earth, so shall the Son of Man be that that's going to be the end of the signs and then he will rise again and that's it, should have thought about that because Jesus said that on numerous occasions. According to the New Testament accounts is a second reason why she believed this was it. An attorney's dream of all things. 10 people who all agree you ever heard of that case 10 people who will agree. We all saw him even if one person can hallucinate. It is unlikely that Tan would have similar hallucinations at the same time Thomason is not enough for me. Not enough for me. Isn't Jesus gracious.
He could've said well Thomas if you don't believe with all that evidence will then you will forget it.
After eight days again.
The disciples are together in Jesus appears and he goes directly for Thomas, having known the doubt that existed in this melancholic heart basis. Thomas, Richard or thy finger and put it into my hand and reach it or thy hand and thrust it into my side and Thomas do not be faithless, but believing in. Thomas looked into the eyes of Christ, and said body face scars my Lord my God, it's true, it is my master you say today about is the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is certain that meant as mathematics 2+2 is equal to four. Know all of mathematics is actually based on the linking together of the conceptions of the mind. Historical evidence is different. Historical evidence cannot even be repeated. You can't go back and say will would like to videotape the resurrection Sony was too late. Video camera can work back then. No you can't do that. The evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is sufficient for any honest doubter for any honest doubter, but it is not sufficient for a distant, honest doubter. Let me ask you this question. Who is Jesus Christ, who is he among all the other so-called God's the gods who say that they are God and yet deny that they are creators of the gods who say that all of us are God's nonsense. Is there another like Christ. Lucy liar when he said, before Abraham was I am.
Was he lying when the high priest said to him, art thou, the son of God, and he says now say is that liar. I don't think so man who preaches the sermon on the Mount outlier lunatic like Albert Schweitzer said the great humanitarian use of the Christ was insane because only insane people go around claiming to be God all read the New Testament and you don't get that impression at all. Neither liar nor lunatic legend did the disciples make it up know the disciples themselves needed to be convinced of that they would never have thought of making it up only one option left Lord Haw Cory's move high fat loss moves as the Greek text my Lord and my God. And then Jesus very graciously says something and this is the closest you will ever come to having your name in the Bible when you like to have your name in the Bible. Well, there's some names that I would necessarily like to be identified within the Bible, but notice what Jesus says very graciously.
Thomas, because you have seen me had you believed yes that's the answer.
He had to say before he believed, but Jesus said blessed are they who did not see.
And yet have believed. The closest you'll ever come to your name in the Bible. What Jesus is saying is a blessed are you, Brad, because you did not see, you have believed. Blessed are you and G because even though you didn't see it, you have believed that our friend Dave sitting over there was with us this morning. Blessed are you Dave because you did not see yet, you have believed. Blessed are you, Jean and Julie and Blessed are you, whoever you may be Terry though you have not seen you have believed my Lord my God my Savior. The gap between man and God is infinite, absolutely, totally infinite. We explained this last time, and therefore, God had to take the initiative to expand the gap by himself with no human help to reconcile us and to lead us to himself.
Only God could redeem us in Christ is God, let us pray our father, we want to thank you today for the graciousness of Christ.
We want to thank you that pole wrote so eloquently that if Christ be not raised. Our faith is vain, but we thank you that he also wrote the Christ is raised, but he appeared to 500 brethren simultaneously and therefore father, we thank you for the certainty of our hope and our own resurrection, which is tied directly to his triumph. We pray today for those who have never received Christ as personal Savior. Even those who heard this message and yet maintain an arms length from a Savior, who is God in this moment, we pray that you will cause them to believe before I close this prayer if you don't belong to Christ personally, would you at this moment, embrace and is Lord and Savior.
Your Lord and Savior. This moment you respond to him. Father, help us like Thomas to fully and finally and completely believe in Jesus name we pray, my friend, don't you rejoice in that the uniqueness of Jesus for salvation that he brought us with a deep conviction that he alone is who the main to be. If you've enjoyed these messages if they have been beneficial. You should know that they are actually in a book I've written, entitled Christ, among other gods in defense of Christ in an age of tolerance were living in a day when people do enjoy reading and I hope you do too. And if this book isn't for you, you know someone who needs to have it. This is the last time we are making this resource available Christ among other gods, a defense of Christ in an age of tolerance would you consider making a gift to the ministry of running to win for a gift of any amount. This book can be yours. Here's what you do go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com or if you prefer you can call us at 1-888-218-9337.
As I mentioned, this is the last time we are making this book as a resource available to you. Take advantage of it. Let me give you that contact info again. RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 thanks in advance for helping us because at the end of the day all that we care about is the exaltation of our wonderful Savior. It's time again for you to ask Pastor lutes or a question about the Bible or the Christian life.
Since the Bible does not give many details what happens in the life to come is always a matter of curiosity for the Christian when it is a running to win listener who has this question. When a loved one dies, especially in infant and goes to heaven, will they be that age when we die, or when Christ returns so that we will know them or in the case of an infant will they have aged Lynette I want you to know that the Bible nowhere specifically says this but I have a very deep conviction that indeed babies who die and go to heaven will not be babies throughout all of eternity.
They may indeed grow up in heaven. Maybe they will even grow up in their mother's arms but eventually they will be adults because when you look at the Bible you see all of this singing that goes on in heaven.
You see people serving the Lord.
These are the kinds of things that infants can do so. I think that they will be the same people that they were here on earth that they will have grown up so that in heaven there will not be any kinds of limitations put on anyone. We will be able to worship with freedom and joy and everyone be a part of the celebrations.
Thank you pastor Luther thank you Lynette for that interesting question. If you'd like to hear your question answered. Go to our firstname.lastname@example.org and click on ask Pastor lutes or or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago 60614 running to win is all about helping you understand God's roadmap for your race of life. We know that Jesus is sitting even now God's right hand. His ascension into heaven opened its gates for us. Why is the ascension important. Next time I'm running to win will find that the ascension was the key to founding the church body of Christ. Thanks for listening. This is Dave Callister running to win is sponsored by the Moody Church