Wednesday, January 24

Many convincing proofs

Scripture: Exodus 9-11, Luke 24

Luke 24:34 “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”

Observation

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul reminded the Corinthians of the gospel: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and was buried, and that Christ was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures and appeared to many.

Here is the core of the gospel in two couplets: Christ died for our sins and was buried; Christ was raised on the third day and appeared to many.

How many?  Over a dozen appearances are cited in the gospels, Acts and letters with names, times, and places.  In Luke 24, several witnesses are named: Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of Jesus, Simon Peter, Cleopas, and the 11 disciples.

Acts 1:3 After he had suffered, he also presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

Jesus appeared to many people (over 500) in many places over a period of 40 days.  The disciples’ initial response to news of the resurrection was skepticism and disbelief; this changed because of these appearances, “many convincing proofs” that caused them to believe.

Application

I am a Christian because of the resurrection of Jesus.  (I’ve spent the past two days researching and writing a message on the evidence for the resurrection.)

If I don’t want to believe, I can find reasons to doubt.  If I do want to believe, I can find reasons to believe.  The resurrection is supported by “many convincing proofs.”  Not absolute proof—but certainly enough to reasonably believe.

Prayer: Lord, I believe that You are raised and alive—that’s why I follow You!  Help me to be a bold witness to Your resurrection!