Jesus rose from the dead… so what does that mean to you?

Here is a video I did pondering the resurrection of Christ, Lazurus, and ultimately you and I.

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What does it mean to you that Jesus rose from the dead?

Please join the conversation. I’d love to hear what the resurrection means to you! Leave a comment

“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. . . . [and] we are to be pitied more than all men” (1 Corinthians 15:17, 19.)

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20 thoughts on “Jesus rose from the dead… so what does that mean to you?

  1. “What does it mean to you that Jesus rose from the dead?”

    I see no good reason to believe it actually happened.

    • Well, his disciples and 500 other witnesses, most of whom gave their lives as martyrs for this fact argued that he did.

      • And we have four books, written at least 10 years later, and no original copies of these books, to justify it. Sorry, that’s not good enough.

        I can go and talk to people who claim to have been abducted by aliens. Their word, alone, is not good enough to convince me to believe…and that’s better evidence than what you have.

      • Heres a quick video about it that might be interesting to you: you can start @ 2:00 minutes in – an interview with someone who had devoted his life to refuting Jesus but couldn’t. Interesting video about his journalistic researched approach to the resurrection. I care about what you believe about it and hope you come to see what I have – that there is real evidence to support it. He talks about the 500 witnesses as well.

  2. “an interview with someone who had devoted his life to refuting Jesus but couldn’t. ”

    He, and you, misunderstand the burden of proof.

    It is not my job to refute Jesus, any more than it is my job to refute aliens. It is the job of the person making the claim to back it up with good evidence.

    In both cases, they have failed.

    “that there is real evidence to support it. He talks about the 500 witnesses as well.”

    Sorry, but anecdotal evidence is the worst kind of evidence there is. I’m going to need more than that to convince me of supernatural claims.

    • I don’t want to offend you, because that’s precisely the point you stop listening… if you haven’t already tuned out, but Jesus gives overwhelming proof of who he was and still is. One of the most remarkable is Lazarus resurrection. Jesus, in front of a huge crowd, calls a 4 day dead rotting corpse back to life. This miracle alone convinces so many of his identity as the Messiah that he is publicly hailed as such a week later. Of course some did not believe, even though they saw Lazarus come out of the tomb. Instead they went and reported him to his enemies to kill him. Don’t let that be you! I’d rather have you for a brother in Christ and that you and I will enjoy paradise with God forever. Rejecting Jesus Christ is a fatal sin. Jesus paid for all the rest. Like I said, I care about what you believe. Because I care about you as a human being that Jesus loved so much that he died for you.

      • Do you understand how a story, by itself, isn’t convincing? At all.

        Do you believe people who claim to have been abducted by aliens, when they have no evidence except for their stories? If not, why not?

      • I want to thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate getting feedback that causes me to research further think through how people react to what I have to say. Speaking of aliens, the bible does talk a great deal about a very active spiritual world of demons and angels which could easily be mistaken for “aliens”. I suppose part of the problem of a “western” worldview is that it dismisses most everything supernatural as hocus pocus ridiculousness that has no bearing and should be allowed no weight in our lives. Should we only have a purely scientific mindset, when God and everything supernatural is clearly outside and above the realm of science? Is this helpful or harmful to our everlasting souls to think this way and ignore the spiritual world entirely? When you and I are, at our core, spirits as well? How do you test a spirit in a science lab? How can you prove spirit?

  3. Another beautiful video about the Resurrection and what it means to us: http://youtu.be/pmBPXsNWPKU

  4. “I suppose part of the problem of a “western” worldview is that it dismisses most everything supernatural as hocus pocus ridiculousness that has no bearing and should be allowed no weight in our lives.”

    It’s not that we dismiss it. It’s that we don’t accept bad evidence. And anecdotes, whether written or spoken, are bad evidence.

    “Should we only have a purely scientific mindset, when God and everything supernatural is clearly outside and above the realm of science?”

    If it’s outside the realm of science, what good reason do you have to think it exists at all?

    “When you and I are, at our core, spirits as well?”

    I see no reason to believe anything ‘spiritual’ exists, nor do I think either of us are spirits. For the same reasons I posted previously.

    • Wayne LeLoo

      Approximately 700 years before Jesus was crucified, a man named Isaiah wrote:

      Surely he took up our pain
      and bore our suffering,
      yet we considered him punished by God,
      stricken by him, and afflicted.
      But he was pierced for our transgressions,
      he was crushed for our iniquities;
      the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
      and by his wounds we are healed.
      We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
      each of us has turned to our own way;
      and the LORD has laid on him
      the iniquity of us all.

  5. Wayne LeLoo

    Regarding your beliefs, what you protest so greatly, you likely fear even more …. What would happen in your mind if you could entertain for one second the possibility that you are wrong?

    • I have, quite often. And when I do so, I look at the evidence.

      That’s why I’m no longer a Christian, and I’m an atheist. I asked myself ‘what if I’m wrong’ and discovered that Christianity didn’t have enough good evidence backing up its claims.

      • Wayne LeLoo

        So what evidence have you come up with that God does not exist? Where did the cosmos come from? Did it create itself? If it didn’t, then it must have always existed. But scientists seem to have settled on the Big Bang theory, so what ignited that?

      • “So what evidence have you come up with that God does not exist?”

        See earlier in these comments where I mention the burden of proof. You might also want to investigate something called a ‘false dichotomy’.

      • Wayne LeLoo

        Are you saying that because neither of us can prove to the other whether God exists or not, then he does not exist? I’ve checked out the meaning of false dichotomy and I can see that under that theory that more than two answers can sometimes exist. But in this case, this is a black and white issue. Either something exists or it does not. If there is no God, then why are we here? If there is no spirit, then nothing but the grave? Could any theory of evolution have created from a single amoeba, the variety of animal life we witness? What we see all around us is the creation. What we don’t see is the creator. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist. Everything man-made on this planet is pretty obvious, and no one logically could point to a man-made object and say that it does not have a creator because you can’t find the man that made it. ….. When you were a Christian, who or what stole your soul? Come home my friend, Jesus is waiting for you.

  6. I would really love to hear from some people who actually believe in Jesus to post what his resurrection means to them. If you don’t believe, that’s on your own head. No one is responsible for what becomes of you but you. God did his part. Now its on you.

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  8. S Joe

    The resurrection of Christ promises to me that He will one day resurrect my loved ones who died in Christ. It also guarantees I will live with Him forever. Not to mention the longing to see other people come to Him… that’s the side effect of resurrection of Christ… the burden to bring people to the truth.

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