Man Comes Back to Life From Death
And how could Christ's few friends have stolen his body from the tomb? The eleven apostles fled through fear when Christ was taken. The remaining few women and Joseph of Arimathea (who donated the tomb) could hardly have rolled away the massive grave stone and stolen Christ's body when the grave was so zealously guarded under Roman authority to prevent anyone from stealing the body.
And had the enemies of Christ stolen the body, they would have been delighted to disprove Christ's resurrection for all time—by producing the dead body. This they never did.
Thus, the empty tomb is further evidence of Christ's resurrection.3
Additional evidence is seen in the dramatic change in the fearful apostles.
"Within fifty days of the death of Jesus Christ, and the apparent collapse of his cause," wrote Rev. G.H. Lunn, "the city of Jerusalem rang with the clarion cries of men who, with all boldness, declared that God had raised Christ from the dead, and that they were his witnesses."
Craven cowards were changed into courageous confessors, and rude unlettered fishermen from Galilee had become royal heralds of the King, so that all who saw and heard them were compelled to acknowledge that something had happened which had utterly transformed their lives."
When questioned by their critics, the apostles had no hesitancy in making reply. They accounted for their own boldness by attributing everything to the risen Christ."
In speaking about life after death, Dr. Von Braun, elected in 1975 president of the National Space Institute in Washington D.C., said, "In our modern world many people seem to feel that science has somehow made such ‘religious ideas' untimely or old-fashioned.
Craven cowards were changed
into courageous confessors.
"But I think science has a real surprise for the skeptics. Science, for instance, tells us that nothing in nature, not even the tiniest particle, can disappear without a trace."
Think about that for a moment. Once you do, your thoughts about life will never be the same. Science has found that nothing can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction. All it knows is transformation!"
Now, if God applies this fundamental principle to the most minute and insignificant parts of his universe, doesn't it make sense to assume that he applies it also to the masterpiece of his creation—the human soul? I think it does. And everything science has taught me—and continues to teach me—strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death. Nothing disappears without a trace."
According to God's Word, "we have this assurance: Those who belong to God shall live again. Their bodies shall rise again! Those who dwell in the dust shall awake and sing for joy! For God's light of life will fall like dew upon them!"4
And who are those who belong to God? They are not the self-righteous do-gooders. They are those who admit their failures, their sins, and their need of God. They are those who believe that Jesus died on the cross for their sins and who, in their heart, have committed their life to Jesus Christ and have become a true follower of him. And as Jesus said to his followers, "Because I live, you will live also."5
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1. 1 Corinthians 15:20, 22, 23, Living Bible.
2. Mark 16:9; Luke 24:34; 24:13-21; John 20:19,24; 20:26; 21:1; 1 Corinthians 15:6; 15:7; Luke 24:50,51; and 1 Corinthians 15:8.
3. Wilbur M. Smith, Editor Great Sermons on the Resurrection of Christ, p. 21, W.A. Wilde Company, Massachusetts. Copyright 1964.
4. Isaiah 26:19 Living Bible.
5. John 14:19.
5. All articles on the ACTS International website are by Richard (Dick) Innes unless otherwise noted.
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