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Rev. Peter Greiner

Sun 16 Apr

What happened in that tomb where Jesus was buried on Good Friday and the events of that first Easter Sunday morning? Is the resurrection all a bunch of nonsense? A myth perpetuated by His followers. Do we really know what happened? Did a man rise from the dead? What proof is there that the event even took place? It was not just any man, it was God's Son, Jesus Christ. We could examine all the evidence and check the stories of the witnesses. Yet such investigations would lead us to one question. We can accumulate all the evidence and check it all thoroughly but we would still have to ask ourselves or our family or our friends our our neighbours, "Do you believe the evidence that God has granted us concerning the resurrection?" I suspect many of us are like the religious leaders and the people of Jesus' day who kept coming to Him and saying, "We'll follow You! We will believe You if You do one more miracle for us." How much evidence do you need before you will believe? Jesus tells us a story of a rich man who died and went to hell. He pleaded with Abraham to send someone back from the dead to warn his brothers where they were heading eternally. The response, in my words, was simple. "If they do not believe the Bible (the Law and the Prophets) then they will not believe if someone rises from the dead" (Luke 16:31). God has given us sufficient evidence that Jesus rose from the dead. The question is what has our response been to the evidence?