(April 01, 2021) Dr Jim McClure, straight shooting theologian writes…
Some years later at a meeting of ministers, a retired minister posed the question, ‘Does it really matter whether or not the body of Jesus physically came alive again? Perhaps his physical body did not rise from the tomb, but he rose as a spirit being and that is what the idea of the resurrection is really about.’
Throughout history people have responded in different ways to that amazing historical event of Christ’s resurrection that occurred 2000 years ago.
1. It has been challenged
From the first Easter day the fact of Jesus’ resurrection has been challenged! Even his disciples didn’t accept it when they were first told about it… and Thomas categorically stated, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it’ (John 20:25).
And just over 20 years after the resurrection Paul wrote to the Corinthians, ‘… some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?’ (1 Corinthians 15:12).
Clearly there were some people in that church who did not accept the fact that Jesus rose from the tomb. And there continues to be those who identify with the church but challenge the truth of the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
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