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Evidence that Demands a Verdict

Opening Argument • Issue before the court is not that of a crime, but a claim. – Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead? – If it never happened…Christianity collapses into mythology and billions of people have been deceived. – If it did happen, it verifies everything Jesus did and said.  I Corinthians 15:17  Acts 1:3

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Exhibit A: The Empty Tomb • Matthew 27:59-60, 66 • Luke 24:12, 22-23 • Christianity rises or falls on the empty tomb. – Critics cannot explain it away.

Exhibit B: Multiple Witnesses • Acts 1:3 • Jesus gave unquestionable proof that He was alive! – John 20:14 – John 20:19-20, 26 – John 21:12-14 – Luke 24:28-40 – I Corinthians 15:3-6 – Acts 2:32 – II Peter 1:16

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Exhibit C: Changed Lives • Those who met the Resurrected Jesus have had their lives totally transformed. – John 20:19-20

Exhibit C: Changed Lives • Every one of them had come from doubt to determination, from confusion to conviction, from fear to faith. – Matthew was killed in Ethiopia. – Mark was dragged through the streets until dead. – Peter, Simeon and Andrew, and Philip were crucified. – James was beheaded. – Bartholomew was flayed.

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Exhibit C: Changed Lives • Why did these and others endure such persecution, pain and horrible deaths?

…because JESUS is ALIVE!

Closing Argument • The evidence is strongly compelling. • What’s your verdict on the Resurrection?

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Scriptures

I Corinthians 15:17 (NKJ) 17

And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!

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Acts 1:3 (NKJ) 3 to

whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

Matthew 27:59-60, 66 (NKJ) 59

When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. 66

So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.

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Luke 24:12, 22-23 (NKJ) 12

But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened. 22

Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.

John 20:14 (NKJ) 14

Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.

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John 20:19-20, 26 (NKJ) 19

Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

John 20:19-20, 26 (NKJ) 26

And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”

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John 21:12-14 (NKJ) 12

Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”— knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. 14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.

Luke 24:28-40 (NKJ) 28

Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. 30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

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Luke 24:28-40 (NKJ) 32

And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Luke 24:28-40 (NKJ) 36

Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” 40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.

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I Corinthians 15:3-6 (NKJ) 3 For

I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.

Acts 2:32 (NKJ) 32

This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.

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II Peter 1:16 (NKJ) 16

For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

John 20:19-20 (NKJ) 19

Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

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