The Resurrection: Is It True?
By HANEGRAAFF, HANK
Product #: 42063
Bible Answer Man, Hank Hanegraaff, examines the
reliability of the greatest feat in human history. What if Jesus wasn't raised
from the dead? What if He was? There is no middle ground.
20 per pack
“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your
sins”—1 Corinthians 15:17
Islam and Judaism swear the resurrection of Jesus Christ never
Jehovah’s Witnesses claim Jesus’ physical body was discarded,
destroyed, or dissolved into gasses. Jesus Seminar fellows laugh it off as mere
wishful thinking. What if they are right?
What if Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead?
If that’s the case, there is no Christianity…no
hope…no future. But if Christianity is factually
reliable, then Jesus’ resurrection is the greatest
feat in human history. There is no middle ground.
So how can we know today what actually happened 2,000
For one, there were witnesses.
Jesus gave his disciples many convincing proofs that he had risen from the
dead. Luke wrote in Acts 1:3, “He appeared to them over a period of forty
days and spoke about the kingdom of God .” Likewise, the apostle Peter
made a powerful proclamation confidently stating that many credible eyewitnesses
could confirm the fact of Christ’s post-resurrection appearances: “God
has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact”
(Acts 2:32 ). The apostle Paul also points out that Christ “died for our
sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the
third day….and after that he appeared to more than five hundred of the
brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have
fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:3–6).
It would have been one thing for Paul to attribute these supernatural
experiences to people who had already died. It was quite another to attribute
them to multitudes who were still alive. As the famed New Testament scholar of
Cambridge University C. H. Dodd points out, “There can hardly be any purpose
in mentioning the fact that most of the five hundred are still alive, unless
Paul is saying in effect, ‘The witnesses are there to be questioned.’”
Point two…the effect.
What happened as a result of the resurrection is unprecedented in human
history. In the span of a few hundred years, a small band of seemingly
insignificant believers succeeded in turning an entire empire upside down. While
it is conceivable that they would have faced torture, vilification, and even
cruel deaths for what they fervently believed to be true, it is inconceivable
that they would have been willing to die for what they knew to be a lie. As Dr.
Simon Greenleaf, the famous Royall Professor of Law at Harvard, put it:
“If it were morally possible for them to have been deceived in this matter,
every human motive operated to lead them to discover and avow their error….
If then their testimony was not true, there was no possible motive for this
fabrication.” Peter, who was once afraid of being exposed as a follower of
Christ, after the resurrection was transformed into a lion of the faith and
suffered a martyr’s death. James, the half-brother of Jesus, who once hated
everything his brother stood for, after the resurrection calls himself “a
of the Lord Jesus Christ”
(James 1:1 nasb). He not only became the leader of the Jerusalem church but
in a.d. 62 was martyred for his faith. The apostle Paul, likewise, was
transformed. Once a ceaseless persecutor of the growing church, Paul became the
chief proselytizer of the Gentiles. And these men were not alone. Within weeks
of the resurrection, not just one, but an entire community of at least ten
thousand Jews gave up the very traditions of their national and religious
So, what about you?
Each day, people of every tongue and tribe and nation are baptized in the
name of the risen Christ. They have come to realize that Christ cloaked himself
in human flesh to restore the relationship with God broken by our sin, that
Christ lived the perfect life we could never live, and that he died for our
sins, was buried, and on the third day rose again from the dead. When they
believe that this is no mere fantasy, but a well-attested fact of ancient
history, they take the final step and personally experience the resurrected
Recognizing that they are sinners, they repent of their sins and receive
Jesus Christ as the Savior and Lord of their lives. Today Christians everywhere
not only know Christ evidentially but experientially as well. Christ is more
real to them than the very flesh on their bones.
Are you ready to embrace the truth of the Resurrection?
In essence, becoming a follower of Jesus Christ involves realizing that you
are a sinner, being willing to repent of your sins, and then receiving Christ as
the Savior and Lord of your life.
Realize that you are a sinner.
Sin is not just murder, rape, or robbery. Sin is failing to do the things you
should and doing those things you should not. In short, sin is a word
that describes anything that fails to meet God’s standard of moral perfection.
As such, sin is the barrier between you and a satisfying relationship with God.
As the Bible puts it, “Your iniquities [sins] have separated you from your
God” (Isaiah 59:2) and “God’s wrath comes on those who are
disobedient” (Ephesians 5:6).
Repent of your sin.
Repentance is an old English word that describes a willingness to
turn away from sin and turn toward Jesus Christ. It literally means a complete
U-turn on the road of life—a change of heart and a change of mind. It means a
willingness to follow Jesus Christ and receive Him as Savior and Lord. In the
words of Christ, “The time has come….The kingdom of God is near. Repent
and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15 ).
Receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
True saving faith entails not only knowledge and agreement, but trust. You
can know about Jesus Christ and you can agree that he has saved others, but
until you personally place your trust in Him, you will not be saved. As the Lord
Jesus proclaims, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes
him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over
from death to life” (John 5:24). Put another way, “Whoever believes
in [Jesus Christ] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands
condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and
only Son” (John 3:18).
Even now you can receive the resurrected Christ as your personal Savior and
Lord. One way to do so is simply to pray a prayer like this one—and remember,
there is no magic in the words; God is looking at the intent of your heart.
I thank You that You have provided a way for me to have a relationship with
You; I realize that I am a sinner; I thank You that You are my perfect Father; I
thank You for sending Jesus to be my Savior and Lord; I repent and receive His
perfection in exchange for my sin. Amen.
Title: The Resurrection: Is it True?
Author: Hanegraaff, Hank
Tract Size: 3.5x5.5"
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