Jesus came into Jerusalem on the tenth day of this same month.

Luke tells us that when Pilate was unable to silence the crowd’s cry that Jesus be , he (Luke 23:24). Jesus was led out of the city to be crucified (Hebrews 13:12).

If Jesus Christ is not resurrected, then we have no hope that we will be, either.

In the 1700s David Hume wrote an essay on rejecting miracles which changes the world of Biblical scholarship and still echoes among uninformed skeptics tooth’s day, even though it has now been thoroughly rejected by experts. Hume led to the German liberal theologians of the late 1700s through to World War I to concoct naturalistic arguments to explain away the evidence of the Resurrection. In roughly chronological order of their popularity Habermas explores and debunks the naturalistic stolen body/hoax theory, the swoon theory, the hallucination theory, and various myth/legend theories. Conservative scholars always had the arguments to defeat these theories and the very liberal scholars advancing their own theories thoroughly debunked the opposing naturalistic theories. Nobody really holds to any of them any longer and they do not adequately explain the evidence. Finally, just before the age of spiritism in the late 1800s came some supernatural theories that thought the visions of Jesus were real but were spiritual visions and not resurrection visions. These ad hoc theories did little to explain anything and were not worth the effort.


Jesus, the Lamb of God, was without blemish.

What really was at stake here was this: would Jesus be led of the Spirit of God?

Tannehill has observed the narrative unity of Luke's Gospel and his Acts of the Apostles, evident in Chapter One of Acts (1:3), where he continues to describe Christ after his Resurrection, that "he presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them for forty days and speaking about the Kingdom of God." After the risen Jesus promises he will send the Holy Spirit, Luke then recounts the of our Lord (1:9-11).

The Lord's Day was recognized as early as the writing of the Book of Revelation (1:10) and the Letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch, an Apostolic Father who lived about 100 AD and served as the Bishop of Antioch. He reported on the Resurrection in his Letter to the Smyrnaeans (III, 1-3), and the celebration of the Lord's Day (rather than the Sabbath) in his Letter to the Magnesians (IX, 1).

Pope Benedict, in his book , summarizes the Resurrection event by calling it "a historical event that nevertheless bursts open the dimensions of history and transcends it." The Sabbath, the seventh day of rest during the Creation, was celebrated as the day of worship for at least 2000 years. It must have been an improbable and miraculous event that so deeply moved the early Christians to produce the theological shift of the day of worship from the Sabbath to Sunday, the Lord's Day!


THE DEATH & RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST: Biblical descriptions

Jesus was taken to a hill called the Here the Son of God was nailed to a cross. On either side of Him were crucified thieves. This fulfilled the prophecy Isaiah had made 700 years before, (Isaiah 53:12, KJV). Not content with having brought about His crucifixion, the leaders of the Jews mocked Jesus. The Roman soldiers also mocked Him as did the who were crucified with Him. However, one of them repented. He knew Jesus was innocent. He asked the Lord to remember him when He came in His kingdom. Jesus replied, (Luke 23:42-43).

Gary Habermas - Specializing in Resurrection-of-Jesus …

The resurrection of Jesus Christ, attested to by hundreds of eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3–8), provides irrefutable proof that He is the Savior of the world.

Another reason the resurrection of Jesus Christ is important is that it proves His sinless character and divine nature.

A Bible Study on Jesus-Birth, life, death, and resurrection

Joseph, a wealthy man from Arimathea, asked permission from Pilate to bury the body of Jesus in his own new tomb where no body had ever lain before. This fulfilled another prophecy of Isaiah, (Isaiah 53:9).

Easter - the Resurrection of Jesus

On Sunday morning, the , He arose from the dead! This fulfilled Jesus’ own prophecies that he would be in the grave for three days (Matthew 12:40; 16:21; John 2:19). When the faithful women came with spices to anoint the body of Jesus, they found the tomb empty. Angels announced to them the wonderful news that Jesus had arisen from the dead. They took the good news to the apostles (Luke 24:10). Peter ran to the tomb and saw for himself that the Lord had indeed risen from the dead.