On the Thursday night before Jesus’s crucifiction, Jesus ate the Passover meal with his disciples in what we have traditionally called the Last Supper. During this supper, many interesting (and even paradoxical) things happen – Jesus washing the disciples’ feet; Judas being identified as Jesus’s betrayer, apparently without the other disciples realization of it; and Jesus’s radical changes to the traditional Passover customs in instituting the Sacrement of the Lord’s Supper – but there has always been one seemingly normal thing that has stuck out to me. The singing of a hymn.
In the final post of this series I discuss four things that the resurrection gives us for life: assurance, transformation, hope, and mission.
So far we’ve looked at the belief in, theology of, witnesses to, and alternate “dead end” theories for the resurrection. This post will tackle the most common argument against the resurrection of Jesus Christ that is heard today - The Legend Theory.
Throughout history belief in the resurrection has been critically met by skeptics and cynics alike. To a certain extent those critics have recognized that at least some of the historical evidence is trustworthy, but they still deny the resurrection of Jesus. In this post, we take a look at the four main alternate theories to the resurrection that have been so soundly refuted that they are no longer held in academia.
Now that we’ve covered what Christians believe about the resurrection and the theology behind that belief, let’s move to the apologetic of the resurrection and, specifically, to the witnesses of the resurrection.
Is the resurrection important? What was the purpose of the resurrection? What did it mean? Why did it have to happen? In this post I’ll be discussing the theology behind Christ’s resurrection.