The Significance of the Resurrection
All but four of the major world religions are based on mere philosophical
propositions. Of the four that are based on personalities, only Christiantiy
claims an empty tomb for its founder. (ETDV, p. 180).
- Buddha did not rise from the dead.
Mohammed died June 8, 632 A.D., at the age of sixty-one, at
Medina, where his tomb is annually visited by thousands of devout Mohammedans.
of the RESURRECTION
Luke who wrote the Gospel of Luke and the book of
Acts Between AD 63 and 70 testifies that what he writes he got from
eye-witnesses of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Luke 1:1-2, Acts
1:1-3). Luke was himself a participator in some of the events which he
narrates. It is impossible to suppose that the Early Church did not know its
own history; and the very fact of the acceptance by the Church of this book
(Luke) is evidence of its accuracy.
Paul the Apostle stated in 1 Cor 15:3-8 that there
were over 512 witnesses to the fact of the Resurrection and that most of these
were still alive at this writing who could confirm his testimony.
The Apostle Peter stated that He and the other
apostles were eyewitnesses of Jesusí death and burial and
Resurrection (1 Peter 1:16)
The Apostle John wrote that they had heard, seen,
beheld and handled Jesusí human life, death, burial and Resurrection (1 John
Josephus, a Jewish historian in Jesusí period
testified in his writings of Jesusí existence, crucifixion and resurrecton.
The Church Father Ignatius (50-115 A.D.) Bishop of
Antioch, testified to Jesus virgin birth, humanity, crucifixion and
Legal Historical Method
Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853): wrote two very good volumes on evaluating
historical evidence titled:
A treatise on the Law of Evidence which is considered the greatest
single authority on evidence in the entire literature of legal procedure.
An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of
Evidence Administered in the Courts of Justice. In this classic
work the author examines the value of the testimony of the apostles to the
resurrection of Christ.
What Jesus Under went
In The CRUCIFIXION
What Jesus Went Through In the Crucifixion: His unnatural
position made every movement painful; the lacerated veins and crushed tendons
throbbed with incessant anguish; the wounds, inflamed by exposure, gradually
gangrened; the arteries ó especially at the head and stomach ó became swollen
and oppressed with surcharged blood; and while each variety of misery went on
gradually increasing, there was added to them the intolerable pang of a
burning and raging thirst; and all these physical complications caused an
internal excitement and anxiety, which made the prospect of death that much
Pilate required four executioners certification of Christ's death
before handing Jesusí body over to Joseph of Arimathea for burial.
What Caused Jesusí Death: James Thompson in his book:
The Physical Cause of the Death of Christ explains that the death of
Christ was due, not to physical exhaustion, or to the pains of crucifixion,
but to agony of mind producing rupture of the heart. His energy of mind and
body in the act of dissolution proves beyond contradiction that His death was
not the result of exhaustion; the soldier's spear was the means to exhibiting
to the world that His death was due to a cardiac rupture: the separation of
water and blood (John 19:32-35).
Repeated observations and experiments of Piercing With A Knife
the side of dead men and animals have led to the following results:
1st, no flow of any kind followed the wound, except a slight
trickling of blood which occurs when a person dies of natural causes.
2nd, a large flow of blood only follows the wound which
resultes from victims of drowning and by strychnia.
3rd, a flow of water only, succeeded by a few drops of blood
follows the wound in victims that die from pleurisy, pericarditis and rupture
of the heart.
4th, a large flow of water, succeeded by a large flow of
blood, follows the wound which is the result of the victimís death caused by
crucifixion. Crucifixion causes a condition of blood in the lungs similar to
that produced by drowning and strychnia.
John 19:34 "But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and
immediately there came out blood and water." (Psalm 69:20)
5th, a large flow of blood, succeeded by a large flow of
water occurs in a crucified person, who had died upon the cross from rupture
of the heart. Jesus died of a ruptured heart while being crucified proved by
the flow of blood first than water.
5.Had Jesus been alive when the spear pierced
His side, strong spouts of blood would have emerged with every heart
beat. Instead, the observer noticed semi-solid dark red clot seeping out,
distinct and separate from the accompanying watery serum. This is evidence of
massive clotting of the blood in the main arteries, and is exceptionally strong
medical proof of death. It is all the more impressive because the evangelist
could not possibly have realized its significance to a pathologist.
blood and water from the spear-thrust is proof positive that Jesus was
Eighteen Offenses of Roman Soldiers
Punishable by Death
A scout remaining with the enemy.
Losing or disposing of one's arms.
Disobedience in war time.
Going over the wall or rampart.
Starting a mutiny.
Refusing to protect an officer or deserting one's post.
A drafted man hiding from service.
Laying hands on a superior or insulting a general.
Leading flight when the example would influence others.
Betraying plans to the enemy.
Wounding a fellow soldier with a sword.
Disabling self or attempting suicide without reasonable
Leaving the night watch.
Breaking the centurion's staff or striking him when being
Escaping the guard house.
And disturbing the peace. [Currie, George. The
military Discipline of the Romans from the Founding of the City to the Close
of the Republic. An abstract of a thesis published under the auspices
of the Graduate Council of Indiana University, 1928]
From The Annuls of
Roman Military Disciplines
[Currie, George. The military Discipline of the
Romans from the Founding of the City to the Close of the Republic. 1928]
- 418 accounts of slayings by the generalís own hand because the weapon
bearer lagged in battle.
- 390 hurling of soldiers of Capitalium cliff for falling asleep on duty.
- 252 accounts of beatings and reduction in rank for negligence.
- 218 accounts of punishment due to negligence.
- 195 accounts of being struck with a weapon for lagging behind.
Discipline of the Temple Guard
During the night the Captain of the Temple made his rounds. On his approach
the guards had to rise and salute him in a particular manner. Any guard found
asleep when on duty was beaten, or his garments were set on fire ó a punishment,
as we know, actually awarded. Thus the meaning of Jesusí admonition to believers
in Revelation 16:15,
"Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and
keeps his garments, lest he walk about naked and men see his shame." (Revelation
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