Daily Archives: April 18, 2014

Holy Week, Day 6: Friday

 

Friday, April 3, AD 33.

The following video, filmed in conjunction with our book The Final Days of Jesus, features short explanations from and interviews with historian Paul Maier and New Testament scholar Andreas Köstenberger, looking at the origin, object, and purpose of Roman crucifixion, along with one difference in emphasis between the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and John on suffering and glory.

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Millions of former Muslims will celebrate Easter this year. Meet one, Hormoz Shariat, the “Billy Graham of Iran.”

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Hormoz Shariat, the "Billy Graham of Iran," and I discuss the Gospel on live satellite TV broadcast into the Persian speaking world. Hormoz Shariat, the “Billy Graham of Iran,” and I discuss the Gospel — the good news of how Muslims, Jews, and all people can be forgiven and go to heaven — on live satellite TV broadcast into Iran.

(Washington, D.C.) — In 1979, there were fewer than 500 Muslim converts to Christianity in all of Iran. Today, there are over one million Iranian who love Jesus Christ, have become His followers, and are celebrating Easter.

In fact, this Easter millions of former Muslims throughout the Middle East, North Africa and central Asia are celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whereas they once saw Jesus as merely a prophet, now they are convinced that He is God, and they have renounced Islam and chosen to follow Him no matter what it costs them.

In my 2009 non-fiction book, Inside The Revolution, I wrote several chapters about this extraordinary trend of…

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STR Resources for Understanding and Explaining Easter

 

Don’t let this Easter season pass you by without some reflection on what it means and why it matters. Here are some resources to help you do this:

Bible: What Happened?

  • The Crucifixion – Greg’s outline of the Gospels’ accounts of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion.
  • The Resurrection – Greg’s outline of Jesus’ burial, resurrection, and appearances.

Theology: Why Did It Happen?

  • Three Passions – Greg explains, “[T]he Passion actually consists of three passions. The passionate intensity of God’s anger at us for our sins collides with the passionate intensity of God’s love for us, causing the passionate intensity of the agony of the cross to be shouldered by God Himself in human form: Jesus.”
  • The Christ of “The Passion”: What the Movie Couldn’t Show – An extended version of the above post, including two moving illustrations to help us understand what happened on the cross: “Hidden to all but the Father is another certificate nailed to that cross. In the darkness that shrouds Calvary from the sixth to the ninth hour, a divine transaction is taking place; Jesus makes a trade with the Father. The crimes of all of humanity, every murder, every theft, every lustful glance; every hidden act of vice, every modest moment of pride, and every monstrous deed of evil; every crime of every man who ever lived, these Jesus takes upon Himself as if guilty of all.”
  • Our Certificates of Debt – Melinda explains the concept of a “certificate of debt”: “In Roman times, this certificate was a list of crimes committed against the state that required ‘payment,’ much like an indictment in our legal system today. The Romans gave Jesus a certificate of debt when He was sentenced to die; it was nailed to the cross: ‘Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews’ (John 19:19). When the crimes were paid for, the certificate was canceled and was stamped with the word tetelestai, meaning ‘paid in full.’ Paul says [in Colossians 2:14] that Jesus ‘canceled out’ (paid) our certificate of debt.”
  • What Does Christ’s Resurrection Mean for Us? – I respond to the question “Why is the resurrection so celebrated if our sins were paid for on the cross?”: “While there are a variety of responses to this (Jesus’ victory over death, an affirmation of His deity, a taste of the coming redemption of our bodies, etc.), in this post I’ll focus on what we learn about the work of Christ in Hebrews 7-10…. Not only was it necessary for Christ to enter heaven with the blood of His covenant on our behalf, but He also continues to intercede on our behalf…. Christ’s intercession for us in heaven before the Father is necessary for our eternal salvation. Only Christ’s death could serve as our needed sacrifice, but only Christ’s resurrection could make Him our living priest.”

Apologetics: Reasons to Think It Happened

  • Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? – Brett gives arguments for the resurrection: “If the bones of Jesus were found tomorrow, would you walk away from Christianity? You should. Why? Because faith in a dead Jesus is worthless. Even the Apostle Paul says so.”
  • Why Should I Believe in the Resurrection? – Jim responds to arguments against the resurrection: “Over the centuries, many doubters have argued that the resurrection did NOT occur and they have taken one of two positions. They have either claimed that Jesus never died on the cross, or that Jesus never came back to life. Let’s look at the claims of the doubters and see if they hold up to careful scrutiny and reason.”
  • Two Miracles – A video of Greg speaking about Jesus’ miraculous death and resurrection: “The first miracle no one saw, because it couldn’t be seen except by God Himself. The second miracle only a few saw, but multitudes actually experienced.”
  • Two Miracles – A written version of the ideas in Greg’s talk linked above.

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Resurrection Research Links

 


Articles

Christianity, the Resurrection, and the Mystery Religions by John Ankerberg and John Weldon

Contemporary Scholars and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Dr. William Lane Craig

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ by Dr. Peter Kreeft

Evidence for the Resurrection by Josh McDowell

Explaining Away Jesus’ Resurrection: The Recent Revival of Hallucination Theories by Dr. Gary Habermas

Outlining the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth

The Case for Christ’s Resurrection by Dr. Gary Habermas

The Earliest Record for The Death and Resurrection of Jesus: 1 Corinthians 15: 3-7 by Eric Chabot

The Resurrection as a Historical Problem by N.T. Wright

The Resurrection of Jesus Research Page by Christian CADRE

Audio

Claims of Jesus and Resurrection by Doug Groothuis

Did the Resurrection Happen? (Radio Interview) featuring Dr. Gary Habermas

Evidence for the Resurrection with Mike Licona

Resurrection of Jesus: Interview with Gary Habermas

The Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth by Dr. William Lane Craig

The Minimal Facts Approach by Dr. Gary Habermas

The Resurrection of Jesus by Tim McGrew

Debates

Gary Habermas vs. Kenneth Humphreys: Resurrection- Religious Fiction or Historical Fact? (2008)

Michael Licona vs. Richard Carrier Debate: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? (2010)

William Lane Craig vs. Bart Ehrman: Is there Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus? (2006)

William Lane Craig vs. James Crossley Debate: Was Jesus Bodily Raised from the Dead?

For more debates and outstanding apologetics audio, go here.

Video

Did Jesus Rise from the Grave? The Resurrection Reality featuring Lee Strobel

Is There a Case for the Resurrection of Jesus? (7:30) featuring Dr. William Lane Craig

The Top Ten Myths about the Resurrection featuring Mike Licona [10 video series]

Things Which Ought To Be Better Known about the Resurrection of Jesus by Peter J. Williams

Was Jesus Really Crucified? (3:20) featuring Mike Licona

Was there Really an Empty Tomb? (3:00) featuring Mike Licona

What do Scholars believe about the Resurrection of Jesus? (4:26) featuring Dr. William Lane Craig

Why the Resurrection is Important (1:30) by Dr. Gary Habermas

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Who are antichrists?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

Some Will Depart from the Faith Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, (1 Timothy 4:1 ESV)

According to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in John 15 the mark of Christian authenticity is abiding or remaining in Him. This is not simply a continual profession of faith, but a remaining faithful to Christ in our orthodox Christian faith. According to Paul, It is a two-fold action of departing from the faith and giving heed to seducingspirits, and doctrines of devils. The Apostle John called the Christian leaders who do this “antichrists.”

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