Lesson 10: Jesus' ResurrectionSeries: Evidences for Faith
In our last lesson, we examined a sampling of the many predictions made concerning the Messiah that were fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth. One of those predictions was that the Messiah would “prolong His days” after being crushed for man’s sins (Isa 53:10). Jesus Himself predicted that He would rise again on the third day (Mt 12:38-40; 16:21; 20:18-19).
The resurrection was one of the major arguments used to convert people to Jesus, beginning with the very first sermon (see Acts 2:22-37). Paul affirmed that Jesus was declared to be the Son of God with power by His resurrection (Rom 1:4).
But, what evidence is there that Jesus arose from the grave? Is He the Son of God or a fraud? Luke, in his history of the beginning of Christianity, stated that there are “many convincing proofs” that support the truthfulness of Jesus’ resurrection (Acts 1:3).
In previous lessons, we established that the Bible is historically reliable. Let us examine for ourselves the “man convincing proofs” it offers that Jesus is alive to see if they are enough to persuade us that He is risen and is the Son of God.